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Officiant in Philadelphia, PA,

Rabbi Elyssa Cherney at Tacklingtorah

Carpenter and Lincoln Drive
Philadelphia, PA, PA
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(631) 897-3084
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 10 Reviews


    Eric Goldstein

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  • Rabbi Elyssa was incredible. Before getting married, we certainly didn't appreciate how big of an impact the officiant can have on the wedding ceremony.  After getting married, we can safely say that you won't find a vendor who has a bigger impact on your ceremony than your officiant. And you won't find a better officiant than Rabbi Elyssa. She made the ceremony absolutely beautiful, and all of our guests commented that it was one of the best ceremonies they had ever experienced. Rabbi Elyssa did an amazing job making the ceremony personal and meaningful while still keeping it lighthearted and funny. We also truly valued the meetings that we had with Rabbi Elyssa leading up to the wedding. These conversations really pushed us to focus on the importance of marriage in general and the meaning of marriage in the context of our relationship. We couldn't have asked for a better experience, and we hope to continue working with Rabbi Elyssa through future milestones!

    Marianne Hahn

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  • It was an absolute pleasure working with Rabbi Elyssa from the very beginning. I found her on The Knot and we began emailing. She was extremely responsive right away. We met with two Rabbis and after meeting with Elyssa, we immediately decided to move forward with her. She not only was warm and welcoming but she was extremely accommodating in terms of meeting locations and times as we do not live close to our venue where she is located. As we got deeper into the process, I could see she had an organized strategy that both educated us on the process of having a traditional Jewish wedding and gave us the freedom to explore each tradition and choose for ourselves what we wanted to include in the ceremony. She was very helpful with all aspects including choosing text options to Ketubah art/text to asking questions that guided our own writing of the vows and giving her info to personalize our ceremony. She was spot on during the ceremony and made us both laugh and cry happy tears! H... Read more

    Melissa

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  • We can’t thank Rabbi Elyssa enough for the beautiful, meaningful, and personal ceremony at our wedding. She worked closely with us throughout the months leading up to it and really got to know us individually and as a couple. We are so happy that she was a part of our special day that we will remember forever!

    Kevin T

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  • Rabbi Elyssa was an amazing guide from the very first communication. She is wonderfully patient and accepting of all aspects of our backgrounds. She gave guidance when we needed it and helped us think through the many different steps of preparing for our journey forward as a family. Rabbi Elyssa was both professional and caring during our meetings together and was very flexible towards accommodating our schedules. When our wedding day started she made sure that we took time aside to connect with each other as a couple and remember the purpose and love of the day. Also, her words and singing during our ketubah signing were remarkable and really made the moment feel special and inclusive for our families and witnesses. And she made our ceremony truly meaningful with personalized comments and connections to both of our heritages (Jewish and Chinese). We are deeply thankful and appreciative that she was our Rabbi. Our guests all commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how elegantly... Read more

    Marcy

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  • Rabbi Elyssa expanded and enhanced our wedding day with her suggestions to help us create what we wanted for our special day. She guided us and provided us with thought provoking questions to know us better and help us define, create and implement our vision. I emphasize OUR vision as many times in conversation she reminded us that this was our day and asked....what did we want? Her warmth, insight, connection and passion were palpable. Rabbi Elyssa truly has a gift!

    Dan Cherney

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  • Elyssa was very personal and thorough in her research about our "Big Day" and made sure that she had a complete understanding of who we were and what we both expected out of this upcoming wedding day. My wife and I had been married previously and had raised now grown up children . Starting and developing a new family and circle of love many years later can be a tricky thing, but Elyssa navigated that relationship beautifully and was a tremendous guide and support system at the same time. She truly has a gift and loves her work .

    Becky

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  • We are so grateful that Rabbi Elyssa was able to give us the wedding ceremony of our dreams! I am so thankful that she worked with us over several video chat sessions to design a ceremony that felt personal and spoke to our interests in bringing in Jewish traditions, while also keeping the focus on us and our relationship. Rabbi Elyssa emphasized that while the ceremony and wedding day are very important, she was also interested in setting us up for success for our married life together, post-wedding day. We also appreciate that she will be here for us as we navigate married life and other lifecycle events. We highly recommend her to officiate your wedding! Thank you Elyssa!!

    Kimberlee B

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  • Elyssa is a wonderful person and Rabbi. She provided much calm and spirituality to our interfaith wedding! The Ketubah signing was a true highlight of wedding day where she created a warm and intimate space for me, my husband and our families to connect. Not only did we appreciate the effort she put in to tailoring her blessings and kind words to us, but guests brought up what a great job she did as well. Elyssa is excellent and I recommend her to be an officiant for any wedding or life cycle event.

    R.o.

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  • Elyssa was a wonderful wedding officiant! Me and my husband could not have asked for more. From our first meeting with her through the day of our wedding Elyssa was attentive, informative, and helpful. Most importantly, she personalized our wedding ceremony in a way that made it incredibly meaningful to both us and our families! So many people came up to us after the wedding to tell us what a meaningful ceremony we had, and I credit Elyssa for that. She really took the time to understand what was important to us. Elyssa was also great about working with all of our vendors (including going back and forth with my ketubah artist to make sure the language was correct). I'd highly recommend her as a wedding officiant, or for any other lifecycle event!

    Allison Rozovsky

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  • i highly recommend rabbi Elyssa

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