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Officiant in Berkeley, California,
(510) 644-2956
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 38 Reviews


    Camilo Gomez

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  • Sara was the sweetest! The ceremony was very warm and special. It exceeded our expectations!

    Elena

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  • Rabbi Sara is wonderful to work with! She exudes warmth and wisdom, and is attuned to the 21st Century. Rabbi Sara was very thorough in explaining every part of the ceremony, and didn’t rush us at any point—if we wanted to meet to had questions about anything, she was available. It’s such a stressful time —those pre-wedding months— and finding a patient and knowledgeable soul just makes a big difference. I highly recommend Rabbi Sara (even if you're not Jewish)!

    Forest

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  • It was a blessing to meet Rabbi Sara. She was able to accommodate our interfaith marriage as well as our numerous preferences for the ceremony. Our ceremony was the easiest part of the wedding planning because of Sara's guidance. She made herself very available to us (very flexible) and took a lot of time to chat with us over the phone, in person, and on Skype. Sara worked very well with our other vendors, she coordinated with the DJ and the day of coordinator, her experience was invaluable for all of the unexpected things that come up during a wedding. The ceremony itself was the most magical and personal event for us and our guests. Sara took the time to get to know us and tied in many personal elements into the ceremony. She takes the time to explain all of the customs, rituals, and traditions - making the ceremony so much more meaningful. Every guests has commented on the ceremony and Rabbi Sara as their favorite part of our wedding day! We want to thank Rabbi Sara for her ... Read more

    Courtney

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you're looking for an amazingly professional officiant, this is your woman! She was informative, helpful, funny, and professional. Everyone that came to our wedding said the best part, was our ceremony. My husband and I both agree! She felt like another member of our family! I highly encourage all to contact Sara and talk to her about your wedding. She is by far the best experience we have had! Thank you so much Sara for such an amazing day. You made it so special!

    Noa

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  • Rabbi Shendelman is great! She is super experienced, knows exactly what to do, and makes you feel comfortable and cared for the whole time. She takes into account individual preferences and she has a great presence on stage, making for a really fun and engaging ceremony. We loved her and all of our guests did too. Thank you Rabbi Shendelman for our amazing ceremony! Highly recommended, 100%

    Mei

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  • We had a fantastic wedding ceremony with Sara Shendelman. Many of our guests told us that this was the best ceremony they had ever seen. We met with Sara at her home and discussed our many concerns. I am Buddhist and my husband is atheist and the guests were mixed Christian, Buddhist and Jewish and yet Sara pulled it off beautifully and everybody was happy. We were so lucky she had an opening for us. I'm so glad Sara agreed to be our officiant. :)

    Arthur

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  • I had been to a few of Sara's weddings and was so impressed that when I got married we hired her to do ours. She is very flexible and responsive, allowing for the creation of the perfect ceremony. We were thrilled with how everything worked out. And as a bonus, if required she sings like an angel.

    Ashley

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  • Sara knocked it out of the park for us! She brought with her so much magic on our wedding day that our family and friends almost all participated in our ceremony, because she made everyone feel so comfortable with what was going on. It was perfect. For days after the wedding the talk was all about how special the ceremony had felt to everyone present. Home Run, A+, 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!

    User3503856

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    5 out of 5
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  • We knew upon our first meeting with Rabbi Sara that is was b'shert. She is everything you would want out of a wedding officiant, and more! She guides a collective experience for everyone in attendance that invites them into the love they are there to witness...this is a unique experience when compared to the more traditional, passive style of wedding ceremony. She made our ceremony a memorable celebration rather than a ritual, while including the traditional aspects of a Jewish ceremony that were important to us. Rabbi Sara radiates love from within, which made everyone comfortable and engaged, and made us feel beyond comfortable proclaiming the story of our love and commitment to each other in front of over 100 people. Rabbi Sara's presence and words drew the guests into the ceremony and made all the joy, spirit, and emotion we were feeling a collective experience that lasted until the last person left.....and weeks beyond. Rabbi Sara was not just our wedding officiant, but is ... Read more

    sara

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  • Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara. Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.

    sara

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  • Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara. Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.

    sara

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  • Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara. Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.

    Marsha

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  • If you have the opportunity to have Rabbi Sara Shendelman as your wedding officiant, expect a ceremony which will be beautiful, moving, honest, and true to everything which you express that you want. She has a profound gift for creating meaningful and special ritual. That which you want will be included. That which you don't want, will not. She is positive, brilliant, lovely, and sincere.

    Natania

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  • Rabbi Sara was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. Both our families loved her (only about 1/4 of the assembled family was actually Jewish) and were happy that she explained each step of the ceremony. She was good at improvising, especially when the chuppah almost fell over in the wind!

    Monica

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  • Sara Shendelman is great for interfaith couples. She's very understanding and easy to speak to. She answered all of my questions and was quick to reply to emails, phone calls and a skype session. Our guests loved her and we received many compliments.
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