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Officiant in Woodbury, NY,
(516) 365-8809
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  • 13 Reviews


    Joshua Burstein

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  • From our very first meeting, it was a pleasure to work with Rabbi Stein. He laid out exactly how our ceremony was going to proceed, and he made us feel at ease in terms of asking questions and making adjustments. Rabbi Stein was in complete control throughout the entire process, up to and including the ceremony, and his sense of humor and depth of knowledge enriched our special day immeasurably. During the ceremony, his speech about us captured the essence of who we are as a couple and gave us the opportunity to reflect on our relationship. We strongly recommend Rabbi Stein as an officiant for anyone's wedding day!

    Alex

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  • Rabbi Stein officiated our wedding last month. It was a great experience working with him. We met with him twice through Facetime. He was easy to talk to. Rabbi Stein was accommodating to our hectic schedule. He geared the ceremony to our preferences allowing to choose which components to include or omit from the ceremony. On wedding day, Rabbi Stein arrived early and he was highly professional. The ceremony was funny and endearing. Our guests had many nice things to say about him. Would highly recommend.

    Michael

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  • We asked Rabbi Stein to officiate our interfaith wedding and it was everything we could have asked for. He came very prepared, arrived at least an hour before the ceremony, and was extremely patient with us, our families and the weather which was less than ideal. He included a perfect balance of Hebrew and non-Hebrew which catered to my Jewish family and my wife's Catholic family. All of our guests commented that he did an outstanding job balancing tradition and a little comedic relief. We would definitely recommend Rabbi Stein and are grateful for the memories he gave us.

    Lindsay

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  • My husband and I used Rabbi Stein to officiate our wedding. We were in search of a flexible rabbi, as we are of different faiths, and stumbled upon his reviews on various wedding websites. We met with Rabbi Stein twice prior to our wedding – once to discuss logistics, and another time to get to know us as a couple. He is very open, personable, and a night balance of sentiment and humor. These qualities all showed through during the ceremony – he was able to crack a few light-hearted jokes, while keep the ceremony serious and sweet. We even had a rain scare, which caused us to push the ceremony up and speed it up a bit, which he did seemingly with ease. We got many compliments afterwards on what a beautiful ceremony it was.

    Adine

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  • Rabbi Stein was recommended to me by another interfaith couple who used his services. Finding a Rabbi who would perform a Jewish ceremony in a mixed marriage with such ease and comfort was difficult. Rabbi Stein made us feel extremely comfortable from the first time we met him. He listened to each request we had, provided suggestions, and was extremely flexible. He was also very responsive, and easy to schedule time with. He never made us feel rushed or pushed any ideas on us and the actual ceremony was amazing. We got many compliments on what a beautiful ceremony we had. It was to the point, loving, traditional, and had a little bit of humor/personalization in it thanks to the Rabbi's words. I would highly recommend him to any couple looking for an officiant of any sorts.

    User7396096

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  • Rabbi Stein did a phenomenal job at my wedding. My wife and I are of different faiths and he did a great job seamlessly blending the two. Our original rabbi had a conflict and we had to find a new person that we liked 2 weeks from our wedding day... As time was short, rabbi Stein ended up skyping (google hangouts) with my wife and I which made our lives much easier. We got a good feel for him and his personality. On top of this, the "fee" is actually a donation to his synagogue which we liked even more. We had quite a windy wedding day and rabbi Stein rolled with it and was truly entertaining. He turned a typical boring ceremony into one that has some humor, was engaging, and something everyone will truly remember. I received many compliments about him after the wedding. They said how professional he was, funny, and concise. The ceremony did not drag on which was nice. Oh I almost forgot to mention, he is kind enough to provide a Ketubah and he has a portable Chupp... Read more

    User5401583

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  • My son was married in an interfaith service where Rabbi Stein officiated, along with a priest. We were very pleased with the service. Not only was the ceremony a beautiful blending of the two faiths, but Rabbi Stein and the other officiate worked so well off of each other that it was as if they had done this together all of the time. It was probably the best interfaith service I have ever seen. Our friends and family are still talking about it. People have said that the Rabbi and Priest should "take their show on the road." The ceremony had the right mix of Catholic/Jewish and seriousness/humor. We couldn't have asked for more for our son and his new bride.

    Beth

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  • Rabbi Stein officiated at our wedding and we were extremely happy with the ceremony. We met with him a couple of times beforehand to discuss what we wanted, and Rabbi Stein truly delivered. He included just the right amount of Jewish and Catholic rituals and just the right amount of humor. Many of our guests came up to us and complimented us on our Rabbi, saying how beautiful the ceremony was and yet at the same time funny. We found Rabbi Stein online and it was one of the best decisions we made in the wedding planning process. Highly recommended.

    Sharon

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  • I found Rabbi Stein online and, boy, am I glad. He is very flexible and has a great sense of humor. He met with us twice before the wedding and was very personable and understanding. This rabbi will go out of his way for you and is worth every penny for his time. He was a big hit at my wedding because he has done other wedding of my guests! I highly recommend Rabbi Stein.

    Melinda

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  • We found Rabbi Stein through a google search and what a perfect match for us. Our wedding was interfaith but I'm in the process of converting, Rabbi Stein was open minded with our unconventional situation and open minded enough to marry us a little before sundown on a sat. Rabbi Stein was not only Witty but he kept a good pace through the ceremony and made the seven blessings easy to understand with some translations for the non Jewish guests. The rabbi has an amazing voice which should also be noted. We had many guests comment on how great he was.

    User2611868

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  • We love Rabbi Stein! We booked Rabbi Stein about a year before the wedding and we met with him many times before our June 23, 2012 wedding day. He was always eager and available to meet with us! He really wanted to get to know us so that he could personalize our ceremony and make it about us, and we loved that! He got personal stories/letters from us that were read at the wedding, and this was a really special part of our ceremony. He remembered everything we discussed with him during our meetings and our ceremony was beautiful. Many people have since asked "who was our Rabbi" and they have commented that he was funny, did a good job of explaining the Jewish traditions during the ceremony, and that he was not too long winded! We had a Saturday evening wedding, before sundown. Rabbi Stein, unlike others, is willing to do services during the Sabbath. He got to our wedding extra early to ensure that we would start on time and he was extremely professional and friendly- with a good s... Read more

    User2652426

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  • My husband and I found Rabbi Stein's services by way of an Internet search, and despite this unorthodox way of finding an officiant, his service was anything but. I cannot rave enough about Rabbi Stein and what a pleasure it was getting to know him and what a special job he did officiating our wedding. Rabbi Stein is patient, warm, attentive, personable and professional. We appreciated his counsel and the time he spent getting to know us as a couple. Rabbi Stein provided guidance to my husband and I during an emergency the day of the wedding - going well above and beyond the usual duties of a wedding officiant. When he conducted the ceremony it was not only a true reflection of our values but genuinely personal and intimate. He also has an incredible singing voice. Our guests are still commenting on how beautiful the ceremony was.

    Jaclyn

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  • Rabbi Stein was actually the last vendor we booked. We were hoping for my childhood Rabbi but for various personal reasons he couldn't be there that day. We booked Rabbi Stein with two months to spare before the wedding and met with him a month before our date. I was a little nervous since he is by training a lawyer and the Rabbi gig is on the side, but he is also a Cantor on Friday nights and had a wonderful singing voice during our ceremony. He tried to get personal stories from us to tell at the wedding which was a nice touch. The best things of note for those looking for a low-key Jewish ceremony is that Rabbi Stein, unlike others, is willing to do services during the Sabbath. He was also willing to accomodate us when we wanted a close friend to read our vows.

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