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Officiant in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania,
(215) 237-2955
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    Marnie N.

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  • In addition to performing the ceremony for my daughter’s recent Bat Mitzvah on 2.1.20, Rabbi Rayzel Raphael also performed my wedding ceremony 15 years ago, and my youngest daughter’s Baby Naming Ceremony in March of 2012. Suffice it to say, Rabbi Rayzel is my family’s Rabbi for life! Although we are very close now, after 15 years, we had just met in 2005 when my husband and I went looking for a Rabbi that specialized in interfaith marriages. Even then, Rabbi Rayzel took the time to really get to know us. We met on many occasions before the actual wedding day where the Rabbi guided us through deep and profound conversations that forced us to really contemplate, and ultimately strengthen our commitment. We became so close through the process, and formed a bond with Rabbi Rayzel. We did not hesitate to call on her 7 years later to perform the Baby Naming ceremony for our youngest daughter. It was like no time had passed, and our bond strengthened even more. So here we are... Read more

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    Marnie, this review has really moved me and touched my heart. It is families like yours that make me feel blessed to have chosen this path of the rabbinate. I am so grateful you have let me into your lives like this, I am honored.... and “fa-klempt “/choked up with emotion. I wish all of you many more years of joy and happiness and hope I can share in it:) Blessings to all of you! And thanks for my hundredth review! This was the perfect one for that! I love you all, Blessings Rabbi Rayzel

    Jamie L.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel was absolutely amazing!! I grew up Jewish but my husband did not. I loved that Rabbi was more than willing to officiate our interfaith ceremony with many Jewish customs. She explained everything to us prior to the wedding and we met with her many times so that both my husband and I felt like we had known her for a while! She was prompt on the day of, led the most beautiful ketubah ceremony that my parents and in-laws loved, and then orchestrated an absolutely beautiful ceremony. The ceremony was the perfect length, included so many personalized moments for us as a couple and the guests of the wedding told us they enjoyed it as well. We couldn’t be happier to have gone with Rabbi and will definitely use her for baby namings and all events in the future!

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    Thank you for your kind words! It was great day! Your family is so much fun, and you two are meant for each other. I loved learning about both of you. Stay in touch and thanks for the pictures ! Rabbi Rayzel

    Dori S.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel made everyone feel welcome at my son’s wedding last week. The wedding was interfaith with Jewish undertones. She did an amazing ketubah signing with both families participating. No one was excluded. She took the time to personally meet my son and his future bride at her home. She also did some phone meetings as well. She was so engaging, and our friends of all faiths loved her service and enthusiasm. We were told by many people how wonderful her service was, and for many of them it was their first Jewish wedding. She truly engaged everyone who attended.

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    Dori I can't thank you enough for your kinds words. It was my total pleasure ! Please stay in touch and send me a picture if you get a good one, everyone looked beautiful! Rabbi Rayzel

    Yariv S.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel Raphael was the best! Very personable and fun to work with. I would definitely recommend her for a wedding!

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    You two were fun to work with as well! stay in touch and send a picture, Have a Happy life ! Rabbi Rayzel

    Michelle H.

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  • If you are a Jewish couple or an inter-faith couple like us (Jewish and Christian) get in touch with Rabbi Rayzel for your wedding!! She started off by calling us, getting to know us as a couple and us getting to know her. As we had to moved our wedding date three times, she was able to move with us each time! We appreciate that so much! We decided to have a Ketubah Signing ceremony and I was SO glad we did! This included our parents and siblings as well and Rabbi Rayzel made it so personal and meaningful! It was such an intimate time before the ceremony that I highly recommend. Next, Rabbi planned the most perfect and sweetest ceremony. Her personality also shined through to create humorous moments as well! All of our family and guests loved her. We feel so lucky that Rabbi Rayzel married us!

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    Michelle and Ben I wish you and your families the very best ! It was my total pleasure. Best rooftop wedding- didn't even feel the 90 degrees because we were focused on your overflowing joy and happiness! :) Enjoy life, enjoy each other, have fun! Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel

    Brittney S.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel was an amazing officiant that took the time to get to know my husband and I before our wedding day. She was very thoughtful and brought a calming presence to our conversations and to the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with such positivity. At one point my niece ran up to us during our ceremony and she took it in with kindness and handled it very well! It made the ceremony funny and spontaneous. She made our day so special! We cannot say enough about Rabbi Rayzel. She is awesome!!

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    Britanny and Jake, It was my pleasure to celebrate your love! And yes, sometimes the unexpected moments can make the ceremony most memorable:) after all Life is full of surprises! Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel

    Kathy L.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel guided my son and his future wife through her conversion and also helped tp create a most memorable wedding during the time of Covid. The couple's destination wedding celebration was postponed, but they decided to marry on their date in a small private ceremony. Rabbi Rayzel performed the most beautiful and intimate wedding and Ketubbah signing. She was flexible, helpful and supportive and not just to the couple, but also to the mother making this wedding at her home! I would highly recommend Rabbi Rayzel to any couple and family looking for a special Rabbi and a special person with a fabulous voice! KD

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    Kathy, , Thank you for taking theme to write this review! I really appreciate hearing from the parents as well as my couples! I like it when I can make families happy:) Blessings to all of you in this new life chapter Rabbi Rayzel

    Ilana G.

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  • 1 month before our wedding (for reasons out of our control), we needed to find a new officiant for our wedding. Based on the WeddingWire reviews, we reached out to Rabbi Rayzel. She opened up her schedule and was happy to work with us even on such short notice. Rabbi Rayzel quickly caught us up to speed and we were wedding-ready. From the ketubah signing to the ceremony, Rabbi Rayzel far exceeded every expectation. She is smart, witty and above all else, spiritual. These wonderful attributes (and more) shone through in her ceremonies. Whether it was their first jewish wedding ceremony or their 100th, so many of our guests were in awe of the ceremony and made it a point to tell us so. Thank you, Rabbi Rayzel, for making our wedding day so special.

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    Ilana- and Greg, Thank you for letting into your lives so quickly:) You had created a dream wedding and I was glad to be part of it! Please stay in touch, and send a picture, Blessings all around, Rabbi Rayzel Ps I know you are organized, so you can now cross one more thing/review off your list:)

    Sarah H.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel Raphael was great from the start to finish! We throughly enjoyed working with her, she was down to earth, responsive, fun and professional. We had a couple bloopers in our wedding and she improvised well! The guests told us how much they enjoyed our ceremony that was filled with love bad laughter! I highly recommend her! Thank you Rabbi!

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    It was my total pleasure to work with you two! And remember "bloopers" are only opportunities for something creative and more joy..which is a lot like life ! Stay in touch, send a picture ! and have a happy life ! Rabbi Rayzel

    Adam C.

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  • Rabbi Rayzel did an amazing job with our wedding ceremony. It seemed like every guest I talked to went out of their way to comment on how much they enjoyed it. I have been to weddings where the ceremony drags on or is too short. Ours was perfect and it was nice to know all of our guests felt the same way.

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    Adam and Alyssa, it was my pleasure to shepherd you - and your family members:) through this wedding! I took forward to the ongoing conversations and where they will lead. I Know we will be in touch! Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel Ps if you get a good picture send it my way:)

    Diana

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  • Rabbi Rayzel helped make our wedding that much more special by seamlessly incorporating traditions from both our cultures (my husband is Jewish and I am Chinese). From start to finish, Rabbi Rayzel was there to guide us in our journey not only to a beautiful wedding day, but more importantly, to a beautiful and loving life together! At first we were hesitant about getting a Ketubah (being a fairly budget-conscious couple), but we are so thankful that Rabbi Rayzel recommended we get one. The Ketubah signing still remains one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! I am a complete introvert so the thought of a big party was daunting in itself (we only had about 80 guests but even that felt like a huge crowd to me) -- That Ketubah signing was surprisingly just what I needed and set me at ease before the ceremony. I was so thankful to have those few moments of peaceful and intimate reflection on the day, the meaning of this commitment, and the melding of our families, cultures, and tradit... Read more

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    Diana, Thank you for going the extra step to post this wonderful review! You took the same care with your ceremony as the beautiful writing here. I wish you all the best. Please stay in touch and PLEASE send me a a few pictures when they come in ! Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel

    Rachel

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  • We are extremely grateful for Rabbi Rayzel’s part in making our wedding ceremony and wedding day as special as it was. I am Jewish but my husband is not, so Rabbi Rayzel took the time to explain Jewish marriage customs at our first meeting. She also provided suggestions to bring my husband’s heritage into our ceremony as well. Rabbi Rayzel provided examples while allowing us to create our own ceremony customized to us, with a Kiddush blessing and handfasting! She helped us find a Ketubah and made our Ketubah-signing ceremony with our families and witnesses one of the most special parts of our day. Countless friends and family members told us at the reception and cocktail hour how beautiful our ceremony was! I cannot recommend Rabbi Rayzel highly enough. She did everything to make sure our ceremony was unique to us and memorable for our guests.

    Melissa G.

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  • We really enjoyed working with Rabbi Rayzel. We needed someone to officiate our interfaith, Saturday afternoon ceremony, and she was the perfect choice. She listened to what we wanted to be included, and helped tailor the ceremony to us. She was entertaining and kept our friends and family engaged, but wasn't over the top. Our guests are still talking about the singing during circling, and my favorite part was the ketubah signing ceremony, which made us feel surrounded by love. Highly recommend!!

    Jennar215

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  • Rabbi Rayzel officiated our wedding and it was truly amazing. She left everyone feeling so touched and connected, it was truly beautiful. I am happy I found her! She understood that my fiancé and I wanted a Jewish ceremony; although we are not super religious. She worked with us in order to customize the ceremony how WE wanted and how we viewed ourselves through our religious beliefs. The Ketubah signing was one of the highlights of the entire wedding experience for myself, as well as a number of other guests (family/friends) who witnessed it as well. She brought us to happy tears and it was something I will never forget. I hope to remain in contact with her as we grow our family. :) thank you again Rabbi!

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    Jenna thank you for this review! It was my pleasure to get to know you and Andrew. You had a beautiful wedding in a historic scenic venue! You did a great job keeping track of all the details and moving parts:) Please stay in touch and come to one of my Shabbat dinner gathering for my wedding couples. Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel

    Alexandra

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  • I would like to thank and recommend Rabbi Rayzel , she made our ceremony so unique, beautiful and special. She included my parents that were not able to come to my wedding from other country and made our ceremony even more special for all of us. Positive actitude and good energy during the ceremony . She is the best Rabbi Ever !!! I can not thanks enough .

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    It was my total pleasure... The love between you was palpable. Please stay in touch and send pictures
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