Based in New York City, Rabbi Gail Nalven: Jewish and Interfaith Weddings is an officiant service for to-be-weds in the New York metropolitan area. Owner and licensed officiant Rabbi Gail F. Nalven specializes in creating and performing ceremonies for Jewish, interfaith, same-sex, and secular weddings. This empathetic officiant will tailor her services for your special occasions.
Rabbi Gail Nalven is a post-denominational rabbi, ordained by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute. Now a member of the Institute’s faculty, she has led services in the major denominations and works in education in Manhattan. Rabbi Gail has also earned a master’s degree in Jewish education from the Davidson School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Wedding service with Rabbi Gail Naivan begins with a consultation that allows her to fully understand your vision for your special celebrations. She will work with you to create a ceremony that fits your intentions and fulfills your expectations. In addition to wedding ceremonies, Rabbi Gail Naiven also officiates for other special occasions. These include baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and more.
4 Reviews for Rabbi Gail Nalven: Jewish and Interfaith Weddings
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Joss Betsy · Married on 01/10/2020
We feel so lucky to have found Rabbi Gail to officiate our wedding. She is warm, easy-going, and supportive, and worked with us to create the perfect ceremony. Because we had not maintained close relationships with our childhood rabbi’s, it was crucial that we find someone who incorporate love and care into our wedding ceremony. Rabbi Gail is progressive and so accommodating; we are so pleased with how things went and feel blessed to have found her!Sent on 01/19/2020
Emily · Married on 10/12/2019
Thoughtful and amazing!
Rabbi Nalven was incredible! She took the time to get to know us before our wedding, and gave us many options for how we wanted our ceremony to go. She was extremely responsive and made our day so very special! We highly recommend her for any version of a Jewish ceremony that you wish to have!Sent on 01/10/2020
Sarah · Married on 08/26/2018
I would highly recommend Rabbi Gail Nalven! Leading up to the wedding, she was responsive and professional-- she provided us with materials that guided us through her typical Jewish ceremony, but scheduled several meetings so we could adjust and personalize. She explained traditions to us that we weren't aware of, so we could decide if we wanted to incorporate them or not. On the day of the wedding, she arrived early, so she could scope things out and make sure everything went according to plan. She put us at ease because it was clear she had everything very organized. Then the ceremony was perfect. It was just the right length (approximately 20 minutes); it incorporated the Sheva Brachot (the Seven Blessings) with very nice English "interpretations" that we got to pick and that seven friend/family members read to us; it included a blessing by our mothers (where our mothers wrapped us in my husband's bar-mitzvah tallis-- see photo); and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that it included beautiful singing by Rabbi Patricia Rudden (see photo). From the minute we asked Gail (and Patricia) to officiate our wedding, to the very end of the ceremony, she was responsive, flexible, thoughtful, sweet, and all-around a wonderful addition to our wedding day.Sent on 09/23/2018
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