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Officiant in Chevy Chase, District Of Columbia,
(908) 902-0557
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4.7 out of 5
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    Som B.

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  • My fiancé and I aren't religious people at all. My fiancé was raised Christian and I was raised Zoroastrian We wanted someone who was quick and responsive. Rabbi Laurie has a great personality, is very friendly and quick to respond. We are very happy to have her a part of our special day.

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    Thanks Som. It was a pleasure meeting you and Annie. I enjoyed sharing in your special day. Plus, we now all three of us have a funny story to tell about how we met in person, and the nice lady we met. Best of luck to you both!

    Nicole B.

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  • Rabbi Laurie was wonderful. She really customized our experience to the level of religion we wanted included in the ceremony, and she made us feel comfortable through the entire process. Seriously, BOOK HER, she was the easiest of all of our vendors to work with.

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    Wow! That’s quite a complement!! I’m so pleased I fulfilled my goal of making your ceremony planning easy, as well as meaningful. Your first wedding anniversary is next week, I recall. Congratulations!🎉🎊

    Evan B.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had known Rabbi Laurie for a long time through our old synagogue, but we'd recommend her to anyone. She gave us a lot of flexibility in choosing what we wanted our wedding to be like, while still offering all the expertise and guidance we needed. We were able to choose how much we wanted in Hebrew vs. English, different levels of traditional and egalitarian in the vows, what gendered language (if any) to use for Hashem, and so on. She provided us texts in Hebrew and transliteration for different comfort levels and helped us locate a trans-affirming mikveh! The ceremony was beautiful and meaningful and exactly the right length. I highly recommend Rabbi Laurie as an officiant for your Jewish wedding whether you're queer or not.

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    Thanks Evan. It was such a blessing to reconnect with your family after 2 years. Josh has gotten so big! I wish you and Jackie only blessings and I hope to share in your many future simchas.

    Rodney R.

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  • Rabbi Laurie and I officiated at a wedding in May of one of my former students. Not only was she responsive about working out the details of the service, but she also personalized her part in a way as if she had known the couple for years. Her combination of humor and theological integrity was a perfect balance for this wedding ceremony. I look forward to working with her agin in the near future!

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    Thanks, Rodney. I enjoyed working with you too. Interfaith co-officiating can be tricky and you made it a breeze! We just clicked. I really hope we’ll officiate together again soon.

    Roy

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    5 out of 5
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  • We found Rabbi Laurie on Weddingwire. After reading about her services and reviews we knew we had found our officiant. In fact we had an outstanding international multilingual Zoom ceremony during the pandemic that was way beyond expectations. She was extremely flexible in coordinating with us and our Spanish translator in Australia. While an interfaith couple we decided to have a more traditional Jewish wedding which turned out to be the wedding of our dreams. Rabbi Laurie was also very accommodating during the Zoom international ceremony which had occasional delays especially as our virtual guests (from all over the world in US, Australia and several countries in Europe and south America) would say the blessings. She also hand wrote in the details of our Ketubah in beautiful Hebrew (and English). Not to mention that she also saved the day as we had quite a bit of snow in our wedding day and she was kind enough to agree to spend the night at a local hotel, in order to avoid driving in... Read more

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    Thanks Roy. Your wedding was so memorable. I doubt I’ll ever work with a translator in another hemisphere again. Your tech was so impressive! Please give my best to Veronica. I hope immigration isn’t giving her a hard time.

    Ari

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rabbi Laurie made our ceremony truly special. It was customized, yet still had some traditional elements that made it really come together.

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    Mazal Tov, Ari and Bri! I’m so honored that I could share your special day! It was a pleasure to meet your families online and in masks. A pandemic wedding is quite a memorable thing. I look forward to seeing you both and your guests at a “second wedding” when this pandemic nightmare ends. May it be very soon. Until then, stay safe and enjoy your first year of married life!

    Diane

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  • We found Rabbi Laurie via Weddingwire. We knew she was the perfect fit immediately, she was warm, flexible, and ready to make all of our dreams for our perfect wedding come true. Once the pandemic hit, we had to switch many of our details, and she did a great job accommodating us and our new vision. She takes her job very seriously. We are also having her co-officate and she has been great in navigating the 21st century wedding! I highly recommend her!!

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    Thanks, Diane! I appreciate the sentiment. You and Brett will have such a beautiful, and long awaited wedding ceremony and celebration. I’m glad I could help make all the rescheduling run smoothly. Looking forward to seeing you and Brett in real life in a few months!

    Daniel O.

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  • Rabbi Green did a great job officiating our wedding. She was easy to work with, quick to respond to emails, and allowed us to customize the ceremony exactly the way we wanted. Highly recommend.

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    Thanks Parisa and Daniel. It was so wonderful to share your beautiful day with you and your family. I even got to learn all about beautiful Persian rituals. So gorgeous. I’m touched the way you and your mom insisted I sit with your family at dinner. It was such an honor. And I really couldn’t stay away from that saffron risotto!

    Jay M.

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  • She guided us through the creation of our ceremony with patience, creativity, and respect. She was all about helping us find the most genuine expression of our marriage relationship so that the ceremony was profoundly meaningful for us and our families and friends. Thank you so much Rabbi Laurie.

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    Mazal Tov Jay! I just loved getting to know you and Celsa and your adorable children! And you gave me the opportunity to work with a translator, which was great! What a beautiful blend of Jewish and Latinx culture! More importantly, a gorgeous blend of who you are together and a joyous celebration of the family you’ve created. Wishing you both muchos amor y simcha rabbah!

    Samantha

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are so glad that we chose Laurie to be the officiant at our wedding. We were a little hesitant at first with choosing a Rabbi as we are a mixed-religion couple (Jewish and Christian) and didn’t want to have a wedding that focused too much on one religion or the other in order to make both sides of our future family happy. After a few minutes talking to Laurie, however, we realized that our fears were totally unnecessary. From the start, Laurie focused on making the wedding about us as a couple and not about what religions we followed. She helped guide us in making a ceremony tailored to our preferences while allowing us to explore what made us special as a couple and what brought us to the altar that day. We met with Laurie on two occasions before the wedding and, at those meetings, she was able to develop a natural rapport with us and carried that, as well as the stories and inside jokes we had, into a ceremony that felt like us. On the day of the wedding, the cerem... Read more

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    Thanks, Samantha! It was my honor. I was so moved to share not only your beautiful day, but your laughter and inside jokes. You are adorable together! I’m so glad it all went as you and Josh wanted. Mazal Tov!

    Rebecca

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rabbi Laurie was the perfect person to marry my wife and I. She was personable, knowledgeable, and understanding. We loved working with her and are so grateful for the stress-free experience.

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    Thanks, Rebecca and Jessie! I loved working with you two as well. And I even got to hug you both for congratulations (which I miss when marrying my ‘pandemic couples.’)! Stay well and congratulations!

    Keri

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  • The only reason I write this review is to ensure another couple does not have the same experience. When we initially talked to her on the phone prior to choosing her for our rabbi for our wedding she prided herself in ensuring all of the details for the ceremony were finalized in advance so it was the last thing we had to worry about prior to our wedding. However this was the exact opposite of what happened. Rabbi Lori was extremely difficult to get in contact with up until about two weeks prior to our wedding. At one point I was worried if we even had an officiant for our wedding because she never responded to our emails. She did not take time to get to know us as a couple and it unfortunately reflected in our ceremony and left guests confused and as if she was interviewing us for the first time on our wedding day. She also showed up late to the ceremony delaying our wedding putting us behind and ultimately shortening our reception. My husband and I are both very frustrated and dishea... Read more

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    Dear Keri & Cody, I’m sorry to hear of your disappointment in the ceremony. I indeed pride myself on creating personalized ceremonies and minimizing the anxiety of the planning process. Your wedding was indeed unusual in this regard. Thus, I want to offer you both my perspective, and my amends. Here are a few of the accommodations I provided, with the intention of leaving you and Cody with a beautiful experience. 1). As you know, your wedding was originally scheduled for off-season, and then moved to one of the most popular days of the wedding season. To be supportive, I rescheduled without charging you the additional costs that would normally be associated with peak season. 2) I initially sent the preparatory materials to Cody right after Passover, over 7 weeks before your wedding day (see email 4/9). He replied almost two weeks later, beginning with “sorry for taking so long to respond.” Indeed, my schedule did have limitations, as did yours, since you and Cody were working opposite schedules. We thought we’d finally found a time for the three of us to connect, and then you got called into work for an emergency. I was saddened and concerned by this because I know the importance of planning together, and it was wonderful that you and I were able to meet (without Cody) soon after. The lack of opportunity to see you both together certainly made it harder for me to get a sense of you as a couple, and created liturgical challenges as well. I am pleased that I was able to find creative solutions to bridge the divide between your and Cody’s different ritual approaches (Ex: the Seven Blessings). All the separate meetings and changes certainly made the planning process more time-consuming and stressful, for which you have my sympathies. On the day of, I did arrive at the venue a few minutes prior to the planned arrival time, though I understand why you were unaware since I did not know where to go on such a large property and did not have a venue contact number (presumably because the original coordinator had called in sick and was replaced day of by the venue owner). It did take some time to determine the ceremony location and to walk across the beautiful farm in my healed shoes. I did arrive at the ceremony site and meet the coordinator right when your ceremony was scheduled to start, a fact for which I again apologize. I was quickly ready to proceed and not the cause of the further delays. I also acknowledge the error I made while speaking to you as a couple, both in pronunciation and phrasing. My inquiry to you of “Grenada, really?” was intended as a humorous reference to the years of extreme distance you and Cory spent apart. Unfortunately, it was only after the remark that I realized some had understood my query as a factual question or a criticism. I do sincerely regret my error. It was not the kind of personal connection and quality service I intend to provide each and every couple. I can only imagine all the difficulties of a pandemic wedding, and I do wish that I had found a way to provide you both with a different experience. I take client satisfaction seriously, and if there is any way I can make further amends, I would welcome a chance to do so. I wish you both nothing but joy in all the years to come. Blessings, Rabbi Laurie

    Cody S.

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Rabbi Green was more than willing and very helpful in helping us create a wonderful and meaningful plan for our ceremony that had to be postponed because of Covid. Would highly recommend to any interfaith or Jewish couple

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    Thanks Cody. How are you and Keri doing? I’m so glad I could make at least the ceremony piece of wedding rescheduling easier. I can’t imagine how stressful all the pandemic postponements must have been for you both. Wishing you and Keri a happy new year, and many, many, joyous, healthy, loving years to come.

    Robert

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Jake and I absolutely loved Rabbi Laurie. The words she spoke during the ceremony touched our hearts. The way she honored my mother who had passed away 1 month prior to the ceremony was perfect. I felt her in my heart. Our guest had only positive words when describing her message. They all felt she had know is for years instead of a couple of months.

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    Thanks, Robert. I’m touched by your kind words. It must have been so hard to lose your mom so soon before your wedding. No doubt, she was and is so happy for you and Jake. Happy New Year!🎆🎊

    Rachel

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • Rabbi Laurie is so kind, and was so nice to work with leading up to our wedding. She is EXTREMELY flexible with different schedules and timelines -- we were able to choose what English translations we wanted for our blessings, and execute our ceremony exactly as we wanted. She was happy to explain different options of what she's done in the past to give us ideas and options for execution. There were a few last minute confusions about the timeline and whether we had paid, which was a little stressful the day of, but they were resolved in the end. People afterward told us how down to earth our ceremony was. Thanks, Rabbi Laurie!

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    Thanks, Rachel, for allowing me to share your special day. I’m so glad we created a ceremony that felt meaningful and personal to you both. It was my pleasure to work with you. Mazal Tov to you and Jason!
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