I am the part-time Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun of Staten Island (a
Conservative Jewish synagogue) and work as a spiritual counselor for
the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care. I
reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with my lovely wife Dora. I
was raised Orthodox, and was ordained in Yeshiva Collegial Machane
Menachem in Petropolis, Brazil.
I offer pre-wedding counseling to help you build a solid foundation
for your next stage together. The counseling is primarily focused on
communication techniques, emotional boundaries, learning to share
responsibilities in an equitable way, building a Jewish home, managing
expectations for the wedding and after the wedding. In addition, I
will work with you to plan a beautiful, seamless authentically Jewish
wedding ceremony. I will help you with the processing of your marriage
license, supervision of the creation and signing of the ketubah document, review of the
rings to adhere to Jewish law, and a dvar torah/reflection to make the
ceremony more meaningful.
I pride myself on providing sensitivity to your unique needs as
individuals and a couple. I also, offer an authentic feel to your
service with recitation in both Hebrew and English (and throw in a few
Yiddish expressions for your Bubby) with explanations appropriate to
the audience. When appropriate I like to throw a few jokes in to
lighten the mood.
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Jennifer H. · Getting married on 05/02/2022
A Perfect Ceremony
Rabbi Kastel was the perfect officiant! It was such a pleasure getting to know Rabbi Kastel in the months leading up to our wedding - he is such a wonderful guy and was so helpful, supportive, and responsive. The ceremony itself was absolutely beautiful and exactly what we had hoped for. He took the time to customize everything about the ceremony to be exactly what we wanted and to mesh together my husband's and my families' various traditions - he was even receptive to last minute changes an hour before the ceremony. We could not have asked for a more amazing Rabbi. We look forward to staying in touch!Sent on 03/03/2020
Jessica S. · Married on 04/10/2021
We were so happy to have Rabbi Sam officiant our wedding! He is extremely kind and professional. Throughout the time leading up to our wedding, we enjoyed our calls with him and it was a pleasure to get to know him. He knows exactly how to create the perfect ceremony to include all aspects of religion and your relationship as a couple. Our ceremony was so special and meaningful and it could not of been without Rabbi Sam. Our family was also very pleased and enjoyed meeting him as well! He is highly recommended!!Sent on 04/24/2021
Jared F. · Married on 09/18/2020
Rabbi Kastel did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. He's very friendly, attentive, and was extremely helpful throughout the process. We know if there's anything we need, he'll be happy to assist as he's just that type of person. The unexpected speech he gave at the end of the ceremony was amazing and will be in our memories forever.Sent on 10/23/2020
Rabbi Sam Kastel is an outstanding human being, an intelligent and creative minister and a person dedicated to principles that encourage others to become their best selves. I have know Sam for well over 10 years having been his clinical supervisor and mentor who introduced him to the world of end of life care, hospice. I have had the good fortune to watch Sam mature and grow as a person of faith and as someone dedicated to transforming the world around him by his firm adherence to justice, compassion and humility. His presence as a Spiritual Care Provider to the terminally and their families is marked by attentiveness and openness making him uniquely present to the situation he finds himself in. He is collaborative by nature and respectful of diverse traditions. I have stood next to Sam while we officiated an interfaith marriage and that experience was a joy not only for me as a fellow minister but also for the couple being married who received Sam's undivided attention and were the happy recipients of his wisdom, faith, humor and humility. I highly endorse Sam as Rabbi, Wedding Officiant and am fortunate to call him a friend and colleague.
Rabbi Sam has a wonderful warm and calming demeanor about him. He takes a personal interest in all who cross his path and couples who work with him to officiate at their wedding are very lucky! His warmth and dry sense of humor combined with his sensitivity make the experience a memorable one. When I am unable to officiate a wedding for a couple due to a conflict with the date, Rabbi Sam is always the first person I recommend!