Tacklingtorah is a wedding officiant service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rabbi Elyssa Cherney is ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She runs Tacklingtorah as a way to connect with others and help people think about the role Judaism can play in their everyday lives. Elyssa works with unaffiliated couples and families and is a rabbi at Temple Judea in Doylestown.
Rabbi Elyssa writes personalized ceremonies that are heartfelt and reflective of your love and personalities. She wants to help you think through the big picture of marriage and offers premarital counseling. She works closely with you to highlight all the celebratory moments in your relationship that have led your special day. Tacklingtorah is a very personal and individual service to make your ceremony unforgettable.
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11 Reviews for Rabbi Elyssa Cherney at Tacklingtorah
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Yori Cozen · Married on 05/09/2020
Thank you so much
I feel SO LUCKY to have worked with Rabbi Elyssa. Because of Covid, my fiance and I had many last-minute changes to our wedding- including a new venue, date, and downsize only 4 weeks before our wedding date! Rabbi Elyssa was flexible, helped keep us calm, and delivered the perfect ceremony. She did a mix of Jewish and non-jewish traditions (at the request of myself and my fiance) and delivered a unique ceremony that perfectly represented us. Several of our guests commented how much they loved how personal and tailored to our needs the ceremony was. We are so grateful to have had Rabbi Elyssa on our team!Sent on 08/16/2020
Eric Goldstein · Married on 03/06/2020
Rabbi Elyssa is Amazing!
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!Sent on 10/22/2019
Marianne Hahn · Married on 09/20/2019
Reminds you of the importance and purpose of a wedding!
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!
However, most importantly, Rabbi Elyssa was the beam of light on the day of our wedding. It is a long and sometimes stressful day with a lot of attention, high demands and is really easy to get caught up in the chaos. My husband and I were having a particularly chaotic moment with family photos and came into the ketubah signing just a wee bit overwhelmed. She took us into a private section of the venue, didn't let anyone talk to us for 5 minutes and literally had us holding hands and meditating, it was honestly an amazing experience. We were both immediately calmed, more in touch with the joy that was this day and felt connected to each other despite the chaos ensuing around us. We tell everyone that she saved the day and grounded us in a way we both desperately needed at that moment. After that moment, I felt confident and ready for the ceremony and reception. We will both be forever grateful to Rabbi Elyssa for ensuring our day was special and meaningful and grounding us to remember the whole reason we were there in the first place!Sent on 10/19/2019