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Officiant in Sonoma, California,
(818) 207-1757
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    Shirley

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  • Rabbi Steve Finley officiated our wedding at Vintners Inn in April 2016. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He had the perfect mix of heartfelt sincerity, personalization, explained things really well, and threw in a touch of humor too. The length of the ceremony was perfect and the ceremony was one of the main highlights in large part because of him. We were super comfortable with him too because of our handful of skype meetings and discussions leading up to it. Couldn't have asked for more. We highly recommend!

    Paul

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  • Rabbi Finley officiated our wedding last month. We are from out of the area and were planning a destination wedding and had no prior experience with Rabbi Finley. When we first me Rabbi Finley he made us feel comfortable. We were extremely happy with all of the services provided by Rabbi Finley. He took the time to get to know us as a couple and to plan the service to our religious preferences and desires. He made some great suggestions and was available when we needed to speak with him. The service was excellent and everyone at the wedding felt like we had known the Rabbi for many years. We highly recommend Rabbi Finley and are sure any couple would be happy with the service.

    Michae

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  • RABBI FINLEY IS THE BEST! Rabbi Finley was fantastic. From the moment of our first skype call (From Chicago to Sonoma!) we knew we had found the perfect rabbi for our family only ceremony down in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Rabbi Finley is beyond anything we could have asked for. From our regular Skype calls, "getting to know you", personalization of the ceremony, and everything in between, Rabbi Finley was the best. When it came time for the actual ceremony, things couldn't have gone better. We can't thank and recommend Rabbi Finley enough! THANK YOU!!!

    Jonathan

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  • If there was a title to this review it would be "the ceremony that went beyond anything we could have dreamed". My wife and I really can't sing enough of Rabbi Steve's praises for what he did for us. He was more than an officiant - he was a confidant, a guide and someone that helped to ensure that was crafted would give us everything we possibly could have imagined. And the proof wasn't just in how we felt about the outcome - it was the literal outpouring of our guests that said that it was THE or amongst the most beautiful ceremonies they'd ever witnessed. And to be frank, we didn't propose an easy job. My wife and I come from two different cultures, two different areas (neither or which was wine country where we were getting married), two different religions, and had guests who spoke two different languages (English and Spanish). Rabbi Steve was always thoughtful and helpful in our discussions as we worked together to shape what the ceremony would look like, what traditions would ... Read more

    User5526077

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  • Rabbi Steve officiated our September wedding in Sonoma. He was a pleasure to work with and really took the time to listen to our ideas and preferences. He is flexible and his knowledge, experience and kindness always showed through. I highly recommend working with Rabbi Steve. He went above and beyond by spending extra time talking to us and preparing us for the wedding. He put everything in perspective. His skills are truly invaluable and makes for a very comfortable and smooth ceremony experience.

    Rebecca

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  • Rabbi Steve of Congregation Shir Shalom is a warm, kind, caring and knowledgeable Rabbi. We love him! He was open to our ideas and so very helpful in providing guidance for the ceremony AND our marriage. Also, my husband isn't Jewish and Rabbi Steve was not only happy to marry us, he also worked extra hard to make my husband feel welcome and embraced by the community. We love him so much that we will rely on his help again for our baby naming ceremony this fall, too. I can't say enough good things about Rabbi Steve :)

    User5325479

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  • My wife and I are from Houston, but got married at a vineyard in Napa. We didn't know any rabbis in northern California and found Rabbi Steve just by a simple google search. We were extremely pleased with him. We are both conservative and he performed a traditional conservative ceremony, but was extremely flexible and took our likes/dislikes into account when planning the ceremony. He also came up with some unique ideas that we incorporated that were a big hit (for instance, we signed the Ketubah during the actual ceremony in front of all our guests). In the months leading up to the wedding, we had a few telephone and skype conferences with Rabbi Steve. They were not inconvenient in any way. He took a lot of the information he learned about us during those conferences to incorporate some nice personal info into the ceremony that made the whole affair very warm. Typically, wedding guests comment about how much fun they had, how great the food was, etc., but the ceremony was so... Read more

    Hannah

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  • We loved working with Rabbi Steve Finley. He was very supportive and easy to work with. He listened to our wants and needs and did not judge us. He took the time to get to know us so that his service had a more personal touch. We didn't feel like strangers under the chuppah; we felt like we had a friend leading our ceremony. His service was beautiful. Both our Jewish and non-Jewish friends had nothing but good things to say about it. We hope to stay friends with Rabbi Steve in the years to come and will definitely be recommending him to others.

    Cameron

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  • Rabbi Steve officiated our wedding in June of 2015. He helped to create a beautiful ceremony for us that we will remember for the rest of our lives. He made the time to get to know us and understand what we wanted in our ceremony. Being an interfaith couple, Rabbi Steve respected both cultures and did a great job including everyone in the decision making. Rabbi Steve's wife Yaffa even helped us create our Ketubah. We were thrilled to have Rabbi Steve officiate our wedding!

    Haley

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  • Rabbi Steve is absolutely wonderful! Working with him and embarking on the journey of marriage with him was so special. If you are looking for a Rabbi that will care about you as a couple and make your day incredibly personal, then look no further. My now husband and I moved to the bay area about two years before our wedding and did not have a Rabbi in the area. We were at a loss of how to even begin the search! Thankfully Rabbi Steve had recently moved to the area and we were connected to him. As soon as we spoke to him on the phone, we knew our search was over. We were so happy when he mentioned he really likes to get to know the couples beforehand. A couple of weeks later we met with Rabbi Steve and his wife, Yaffa. It was clear he wanted our day to be perfect and feel customized to our preferences, which was really important to us given my husband is not Jewish. He helped create the perfect ceremony and provided explanations for our programs so everyone could understand the Jewis... Read more

    jenna

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  • Rabbi Finley did an incredible job with our wedding. He was patient, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. He took time to get to know us and teach us Jewish traditions as we got closer to our big day. He helped us pick out a beautiful ketubah and brought both my mother in-law and mother to tears of joy both the day of and the practice beforehand. We had an amazing experience with him and were so grateful that he made our wedding so special. Thank you Rabbi!

    Jocelyn

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  • Rabbi Finley made our wedding day that much more perfect and special. He took the time to understand exactly what we wanted, counseled us and ultimately orchestrated a unique and memorable ceremony. Thank you Rabbi Finley!

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