Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is a warm-hearted, versatile wedding officiant located in the Deleware Valley, She specializes in Jewish and interfaith marriages and was reviewed as one of the top ten wedding officiants in Philadelphia!(https://www.weddingrule.com/wedding-officiants/pennsylvania/philadelphia/). With over 15 years of experience,Rabbi Rayzel will be able to honor Jewish and other different religions into your one-of-a-kind ceremony.
"I will be with you every step of the process as we/you create your ceremony. As well, I'll support you to make sure you start your married life in the right direction....all the while making it it easy and fun!Please take a minute to read some of my reviews, my couples speak for themselves:)"
From counseling to developing personal, customized vows, Rabbi Rayzel Raphael can help with many aspects of ceremony planning. Rabbi Rayzel magically creates unique and special ceremonies.
103 Reviews for Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
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Marnie N. · Married on 02/01/2020
Our Rabbi for life
In addition to performing the ceremony for my daughter’s recent Bat Mitzvah on 2.1.20, Rabbi Rayzel Raphael also performed my wedding ceremony 15 years ago, and my youngest daughter’s Baby Naming Ceremony in March of 2012. Suffice it to say, Rabbi Rayzel is my family’s Rabbi for life! Although we are very close now, after 15 years, we had just met in 2005 when my husband and I went looking for a Rabbi that specialized in interfaith marriages. Even then, Rabbi Rayzel took the time to really get to know us. We met on many occasions before the actual wedding day where the Rabbi guided us through deep and profound conversations that forced us to really contemplate, and ultimately strengthen our commitment. We became so close through the process, and formed a bond with Rabbi Rayzel. We did not hesitate to call on her 7 years later to perform the Baby Naming ceremony for our youngest daughter. It was like no time had passed, and our bond strengthened even more.
So here we are, another 7 years later, and we call upon our Rabbi to coach us through our oldest daughter’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah. At first, she wasn’t sure if she would be available for our date. We were devastated. She recommended a Cantor with whom she had worked with before on Bnai Mitzvahs, and told us that if it came to be that she was not available, the Cantor, who would be giving our daughter her lessons, could perform the Bat Mitzvah on her own with no problem. We agreed, and trusted our Rabbi’s recommendation. We started the lessons with the Cantor and everything was moving along smoothly. Rabbi Rayzel had us covered. Then came the call; “I’m coming home for this. I’m coming home for you. Of course I’m coming home. You’re my family. We’ve been together since the beginning. I would not miss this.” I mean, who does this? She had an ill close family member, and work obligations out of state, and she was flying back to Philadelphia for our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah! Before she left town, our Rabbi met with us as a family multiple times to get to know my daughter (and little sister!) and hear from my daughter about what she envisioned for the ceremony, her bat mitzvah project, and her speech. The Rabbi stayed in constant contact with us while she was away, and even let us have her Torah in the house while she was gone as a reminder of what was to come! Face-times, phone calls, in-person lessons, hours and hours of work put in by all for months and months. As we get closer, our Rabbi and our Cantor worked tirelessly on the prayer booklet for the ceremony, which included prayers, songs, rituals, readings, and of course, my daughter reading from the Torah. It was the most beautiful service. My daughter did an amazing job, leading the Havdalah service almost entirely in Hebrew.
What a beautiful late afternoon and night!!
Throughout this process, our Rabbi was a calming, supportive, loving presence for everyone involved. For me, the mother of the Bat Mitzvah girl, my Rabbi was a counselor, a solution seeker, an adviser, a friend, a guide, and a loving sister in arms. I can’t say enough, other than.....can’t wait for the next one in 4 years! But I’m sure it won’t be that long before we talk again, because my family, especially me, loves our Rabbi, and we are so grateful for her loving presence in our lives.Sent on 02/18/2020
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Marnie, this review has really moved me and touched my heart. It is families like yours that make me feel blessed to have chosen this path of the rabbinate. I am so grateful you have let me into your lives like this, I am honored.... and “fa-klempt “/choked up with emotion. I wish all of you many more years of joy and happiness and hope I can share in it:)
Dori S. · Getting married on 07/10/2021
Fabulous interfaith service!
Rabbi Rayzel made everyone feel welcome at my son’s wedding last week. The wedding was interfaith with Jewish undertones. She did an amazing ketubah signing with both families participating. No one was excluded. She took the time to personally meet my son and his future bride at her home. She also did some phone meetings as well. She was so engaging, and our friends of all faiths loved her service and enthusiasm. We were told by many people how wonderful her service was, and for many of them it was their first Jewish wedding. She truly engaged everyone who attended.Sent on 10/31/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Dori I can't thank you enough for your kinds words. It was my total pleasure ! Please stay in touch and send me a picture if you get a good one, everyone looked beautiful!
Yariv S. · Getting married on 07/08/2021
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael was the best! Very personable and fun to work with. I would definitely recommend her for a wedding!Sent on 10/15/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:You two were fun to work with as well! stay in touch and send a picture, Have a Happy life !
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael Price Rates
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is the BEST! She is extremely sweet and has a great personality that makes everyone feel so welcomed! Her wedding ceremonies have that "extra special touch" and she always makes sure to get to know each couple so she can personalize their wedding ceremony. Whenever i hear that Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is officiating at one our our weddings, I'm thrilled to hear the news because I know it is going to be amazing!!