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Officiant in New York, NY,
(201) 410-2629
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    Lara Kasten

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  • When my fiance and I started planning our wedding, we wanted to find someone to perform the ceremony who could do so in a way that felt genuine and authentic to our relationship with each other as well as our relationship with Judaism. My mom found Rabbi Gary's information through a friend and we are both so glad that she did. Though neither one of us had a close relationship with a rabbi from growing up, we both feel a deep connection to judaism and wanted someone to perform our marriage who could honor that, though we are not particularly observant and therefore didn't want to be constrained by a strict adherence to certain Jewish laws. Throughout the entire process, during which we met with Rabbi Gary around 5 times, he took care to explain all of the reasons and explanations behind every tradition, and then allowed us to choose how we wanted to proceed. We were also able to attend high holiday services with both of our families, to give us all a better chance to get to know... Read more

    Sharon Shilechkorn

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  • If you’re looking for a rabbi in the NYC area, look no further. When my husband and I were planning our wedding, he started googling options for our officiate. Rabbi Gary Katz popped up in a search and we decided to meet him since he had such great reviews. Once we met with Rabbi Katz in person, we knew that he would be a excellent choice for what we wanted. We met with him multiple times before our wedding and we had discussions about our relationship, life and different Jewish traditions. He takes the time to get to know you so your ceremony is more personalized and even met with our parents to make sure they were comfortable and answered any of their questions. He explained all the different Jewish wedding transitions in detail and you got to choose what traditions you wanted to incorporate to fit your personality. My husband and I even decided to add our own vows as well to make our ceremony a little bit more unique. Once the ceremony was over, he takes the time to congratulate y... Read more

    Scott Schneider

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  • Rabbi Gary Katz was excellent, and my wife and I couldn't have asked for a better experience for our wedding ceremony. From our first meeting to the ceremony, Gary made my wife and I feel extremely comfortable throughout the entire process. He took the time to get to know us, learn about our families, and was very easy to connect with whenever we had questions. He listened to our preferences for the ceremony and made it had! There is no other rabbi I would have wanted to walk my wife and I through the process than Gary, and if you are looking for a rabbi that will take the time to get to know you and be accommodating, then look no further!

    darrin

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  • I can't say enough about the positive experience I had with Rabbi Katz for my sons Bar Mitzvah, daughters Bat Mitzvah and my recent wedding. He is an amazing speaker that cares about details and adds humor at the right times. I highly recommend him for ALL occasions.

    Jessica

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  • Rabbi Gary Katz is EXCELLENT. He officiated my wedding and I couldn't have wanted anyone else to share such a special experience with. He made the entire process leading up to the wedding extremely personable, comfortable, and exciting. My now husband and I looked forward to our meetings just to chat with him and learn more about our ceremony and each other. He is a great listener and extremely helpful to ensure the couple is comfortable and informed about the events and ceremony for the wedding day! Not to mention he is the funniest Rabbi I have ever met. Will continue to highly recommend!

    Kathleen

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  • Two words to discribe Gary. Total ringer. Gary gave us the most kind, personal, sincere ceremonies. All with the perfect amount of humor to balance the whole thing off. He did not write everything out word for word on a piece of paper but rather spoke from the heart and made all of our guest feel at ease and that they were in the hands of a professional. I feel that I should note that my husband and I are not Jewish ( although of course we are aware that Gary is a rabbi) it was a nonissue and I would recommend him to anyone Jewish or otherwise. The ceremony could not have been more perfect- Many of my family and friends told me that it was one of the best ceremonies that they had ever been a part of, much of which I attribute to Gary's vast experience and gentle guiding hand as an officiant.

    RUDOLPH

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  • Rabbi Katz was great! Do not hesitate to book him. He fills up quick! I actually met him through a colleague at work. We kicked it off immediately. I enjoyed his company and when I found out he was a Rabbi, the thought occurred to me that he would be a wonderful wedding officiant. So a few years later, when the time was right to propose, I suggested we meet with him. My then fiancé loved him and we met a few times before the wedding. He invites us to all of his events over holidays and is emailing us bits of knowledge regularly. We also enjoy following him on social media as well. Entertaining and creative to say the least! He was available for any and all questions we had before the wedding no matter how small. He had helpful suggestions for everything. He even thoughtfully and lovingly reminded me to remove my gum before the ceremony. The ceremony itself was perfect. His commentary and shared experiences and prayers were perfect for everyone who attended our very mixed weddi... Read more

    Ashley

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  • Rabbi Katz officiated our June wedding at the Central Park Zoo. As an innerfaith couple (Jewish & Catholic) that was getting married on the longest Saturday of the year, it was hard to find a rabbi that would marry us. Many of the rabbis we spoke to only wanted to marry us past sundown. After talking with a number of rabbis, we found Gary Katz, and he was willing to accommodate our various wedding needs (pre-sundown, innerfaith, not connected to a synagogue, etc.). Boy are we happy with our choice! Not only did Rabbi Katz conduct a genuine, heartfelt ceremony where he brought out the best aspects of my husband, but he also ultimately got to know us over the months and became a mentor and friend throughout the engagement. Following the wedding, a number of guests praised Rabbi Katz's genuine style and noted that it was as if he had know us our whole lives. Moreover, he added humor during the ceremony (something we requested) to make it more jovial and light. Leading up t... Read more

    Jordana

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  • My husband and I got married on 6/02/2018 and Rabbi Gary Katz officiated our wedding. He orchestrated a phenomenal ceremony, it was truly special. From the moment we met him he was friendly, patient, and easy going, He was always available to talk to and very helpful with any questions we had. Overall, he exceeded out expectations!

    Kate

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  • A friend of ours suggested we contact Rabbi Katz when we were looking for a rabbi to officiate our wedding and we are so glad we did. We could not speak more highly of Rabbi Katz and the role he played in our wedding. We met several times before to get to know each other, discuss what we envisioned for our wedding and our life together, and to celebrate shabbat in our home with our parents. We left each session more and more happy with our decision to work with him to prepare for our wedding. Rabbi Katz worked with us to make sure our ceremony reflected the traditions and sentiment we wanted. He did a wonderful job on our wedding day making the ceremony feel personal, meaningful, and fun. His touching and warm words during our ceremony set the tone for the rest of our wedding that we won't soon forget. More importantly, we know that in Rabbi Katz we have found a friend and counselor we can turn to for many years and milestones to come. If you are in the process of looking for a rabbi f... Read more

    Stacy

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  • The first time I listened to Rabbi Katz at a holiday service, I knew he would be the perfect Rabbi to bat mitzvah my daughter. He is young, relatable and has an amazing way of connecting with the kids he works with. He has a way of capturing the adults attention by making the service easy to understand and interesting. My daughter was very comfortable working with and really enjoyed the time she spent practicing with Rabbi Katz. He didn’t just come and conduct her service, He took a genuine interest in getting to know my daughter, her interests, hobbies, personality. I could not have been happier! I can’t recommend him highly enough!!!!!

    jordan

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  • I'm going to make this very simple... Rabbi Katz is the best! Thank you for making the weeks leading up to our wedding special and the big day even better. With Love, Dani and Jordan

    Sabrina

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  • Rabbi Katz did such an amazing bat mitzvah for our daughter. We are an interfaith family so his explanation of the service was particularly special. The service was enjoyed by all!

    Heather

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  • Rabbi Gary Katz was an amazing addition to our wedding ceremony. We met with him multiple times before the wedding so he really got an understanding for my and my husbands personality, relationship, and story. He did a great job of walking us through the ceremony and the symbolism of it all. He is such an easy going and funny guy, that my husband and I always enjoyed our sessions with him. His officiating of our ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt and we are so happy to have used him. We know that we will continue to have a special relationship with Gary for many years to come! I can't recommend him enough!

    Rita

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  • We're so thrilled that Gary was a part of our wedding day. We wanted someone who would be willing to customize the ceremony to what we felt comfortable with, and Gary was always flexible and helped us create the best ceremony plan for us. We met with him several times before the wedding so he could get to know us. In general, Gary is just an awesome person, and I'm glad we got to know him. Our ceremony was the perfect combination of thoughtful and humorous, and he added plenty of personal touches. We loved our ceremony and afterwards everyone told us how great they thought he was! Definitely recommend!
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