Rabbi Michael Sternfield is an experienced Reform Rabbi located in Long Beach, California, well-versed at officiating Jewish, interfaith, intercultural, same-gender, and non-denominational weddings. Drawn to a life of service to others, Rabbi Sternfield was ordained in 1973 and has served major congregations in San Diego and Chicago He has conducted many wedding ceremonies in the years since. His services are built on a belief that the purpose of the Jewish religion is to make the world a better place for people of all faiths, cultures, and nationalities. Inspired by a desire to promote harmony and inclusivity, he strives to keep the to-be-weds' uniqueness centerstage. His planning sessions always begin with these words: "This is your wedding, not mine. I would like to make your ceremony warm and memorable, and most of all to be a reflection of what is most important to you."
Rabbi Michael Sternfield specializes in interfaith and intercultural wedding ceremonies throughout California. He has ample experience combining Judaism with various other religions, including Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, and Quaker. Rabbi Sternfield takes great joy in effortlessly blending cultural components from the couple's background, from language to symbolic elements. At the center of his services is an eagerness to get to know each couple well so he can better customize their ceremony. He is also available for destination weddings and other lifecycle events.
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