Rabbi Gary Katz is a wedding officiant serving the New York Tri-State area. Katz is not the kind of rabbi who will meet with you once and be out of your life after the wedding. If you're looking for a real relationship with your wedding officiant, one who will guide and support you before and after the wedding, Rabbi Katz is who you want. He will teach the meaning of the different Jewish wedding traditions, include traditions of your own or your family’s, and help you create a ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple.
Rabbi Katz has served the Jewish clergy for over 25 years. During this time he served as the rabbi for the Junior Year Abroad Program at Hebrew University. He was also the Student Activities coordinator at both the Ramaz School and the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, and Director of the Kislak Adult Center.
Rabbi Katz offers traditional and contemporary Jewish wedding ceremonies, along with pre-wedding spiritual counseling. As part of Rabbi Katz’s counseling services, you will meet with him six times before your wedding, including Shabbat dinners with other engaged couples. These meetings will help you define your ceremony and share ideas with other couples. Rabbi Katz also schedules “check-ups” with couples six months and a year after their marriage to provide guidance or just to celebrate your first year of marriage. You will also have the option to meet with the Rabbi twice a year for the first three years of your marriage for counseling. Rabbi Katz invests his time with couples to ensure not only their ceremony, but their marriage is filled with love, happiness, and divine commitment.
Recommended by 99% of couples
Shawna · Married on 09/08/2017
As a couple connected to Judaism but unconnected to a synagogue or a specific Rabbi, we really wanted a Rabbi we could connect with for our wedding and possibly even beyond. Rabbi Gary Katz was the answer to our search. Not only is he down to earth and funny, it felt very natural getting to know him and going through the wedding preparation process. He worked with us to organically design a ceremony to match our needs and vision. Through multiple (fun!!) sessions, he really got to know us and effortlessly guided us through a lot of important pre-marital conversations.
At our wedding, Gary performed a wonderful, inclusive service. His own words about us rang so true, evidencing how much he learned and paid attention during our pre-wedding sessions. He adapted on the fly, made the audience laugh, and really helped to shape a wonderful ceremony. After the ceremony was done, he took some time to talk with us and congratulate us and has been a wonderful resource since, maintaining contact through high holidays and even family events. He's a great guy and a great Rabbi - we are so lucky to have found him. You can't go wrong with Rabbi Gary Katz!
Scott Schneider · Married on 10/13/2018
Excellent Rabbi for Weddings!
Rabbi Gary Katz was excellent, and my wife and I couldn't have asked for a better experience for our wedding ceremony. From our first meeting to the ceremony, Gary made my wife and I feel extremely comfortable throughout the entire process. He took the time to get to know us, learn about our families, and was very easy to connect with whenever we had questions. He listened to our preferences for the ceremony and made it had! There is no other rabbi I would have wanted to walk my wife and I through the process than Gary, and if you are looking for a rabbi that will take the time to get to know you and be accommodating, then look no further!
darrin · Married on 09/22/2018
I can't say enough about the positive experience I had with Rabbi Katz for my sons Bar Mitzvah, daughters Bat Mitzvah and my recent wedding. He is an amazing speaker that cares about details and adds humor at the right times. I highly recommend him for ALL occasions.
Rabbi Katz is a compassionate spiritual leader who works with couples in a sensitive manner, no matter the situation. You're in good hands with this Rabbi!
Rabbi Gary offers the whole package. He is a skilled rabbi and an excellent counselor. He also dresses way better than most people I know. If I had to get married again. Gary would be my first call.