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Officiant in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania,
(215) 237-2955
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    Beth

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  • We loved Rabbi Rayzel. She encouraged both my husband and I to truly be ourselves during the ceremony. It was a beautiful blend of traditional values and pure fun.

    Julie

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  • The process from first contacting Rabbi Rayzel Raphael was enjoyable from start to finish. Rabbi Rayzel was a referral from a referral and we really lucked out! Right from the start I felt comfortable and content that Rabbi Rayzel was the right officiant for us. We were looking for an officiant to perform an interfaith wedding ceremony and yet keep it traditional. Not only did we end up with a ceremony that we with the rabbi designed and were comfortable with, the Rabbi made it really personal and touching to us and our guests. The whole day was amazing but the ceremony was by far my favorite part. The time spent before the big day preparing all of the details of the ceremony & doing our "homework" was really helpful and appreciated. We had such a great experience with Rabbi Rayzel, we would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant.

    Danielle

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  • Rabbi Raphael Rayzel was Danielle and I's rabbi on our wedding day October 20, 2012. We initially were supposed to have a different Rabbi officiate our service, but two weeks before our wedding day, that Rabbi cancelled. Luckily, Rabbi Rayzel was not only able to step in, she made a great effort to accommodate our busy schedule in those last two weeks and meet with us to discuss our ceremony. She also took initiative and time out of her own schedule to get to know Danielle and I more in those final two weeks leading up to the wedding than the previously scheduled Rabbi did in the 10 months he was booked with us. This translated clearly and wonderfully during our ceremony on our wedding day. Rabbi Rayzel is kind and knowledgable on the traditions of jewish weddings. She always was able to explain a traditions root's and meaning - but ultimately had no problem letting us choose what to include and what not to include in our ceremony. In addition, she has a beautiful singing voice ... Read more

    User2756717

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  • Rabbi Rayzel Raphael was a pleasure to work with. During our first meetings she really took the time to get to know us, our backgrounds and what we valued as important for our ceremony. She gave us wonderful insight and advice throughout the whole process. During the ceremony she was wonderful! It was a beautiful meaningful ceremony and my husband and I were very happy with every part of it. We were complimented all evening on how wonderful our rabbi and ceremony were. She truly gave us the wedding ceremony of our dreams and we couldn't have asked for more!

    Alyssa

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  • Rabbi Rayzel was wonderful through every step of the process! Our ceremony was so meaningful and personal. Our guests felt comfortable with all of the aspects of the ceremony due to Rabbi Rayzel. In addition to the actual ceremony, Rabbi Rayzel provided us with pre-wedding counseling which helped us work out any issues that could come up in our inter-faith marriage.

    User2716104

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  • Rabbi Raphael provided a safe, comfortable, and loving space with which to discuss the harder questions about marriage. My husband and I are so grateful that she helped us through the engagement process, and our wedding was very meaningful and filled with tons of intention and purpose as we were guided by Rabbi Raphael. She was open, inclusive, and patient, and her guidance was so specific to our partnership and needs. A wonderful choice!!!

    E

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  • Rabbi Rayzel was a huge hit at our interfaith ceremony with both families. She was warm, charismatic, and very accommodating with our nontraditional ceremony choices. Prior to the ceremony, she had us do some homework by answering a series of important life questions separately. Then we worked together as a couple to create a combined document that would reflect our agreements and joint vision for our future. It was a very useful and meaningful exercise and truly prepared us for the huge commitment we were making. Overall, just a fantastic and special experience working with her!

    Bruce

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  • Rabbi Rayzel was referred to us by another rabbi. While she was our second choice, in hindsight, we consider it a blessing in disguise. Prior to our wedding, she met with us several times over a few months (including having us to her house for dinner one night) to gain insight into our personalities. She is very spiritual and created a ceremony that was memorable and interactive with our guests. She led an absolutely beautiful ceremony that was personalized just for us. It was so outstanding that our guests still talk about how much they enjoyed it. We could not have asked for anything better. My wife and I highly recommend her.

    Catherine

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  • We had an amazing experience with Rabbi Rayzel, from start to finish. We planned on having Rabbi Rayzel co-officiate our marriage ceremony with a Catholic priest. From the very beginning of planning our ceremony, the differences between Rabbi Rayzel and the priest were astounding. When we met with Rabbi Rayzel for the first time, she focused on counseling and making sure that we had discussed difficult issues that we would face in our marriage, such as what religion to raise our children (since I am Catholic and my husband is Jewish). (In stark contrast, the only time we met with the priest before the wedding, he focused on paperwork required by the Catholic Church, and made no attempt to focus on counseling or on celebrating our upcoming marriage.) Rabbi Rayzel gave us examples of wedding programs for weddings that incorporated traditions from more than one religion, and she guided us through the process of putting together goals for our marriage and the life that we planned together.... Read more
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