Rabbi Steve Nathan is a wedding officiant based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and performs weddings in the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos, Northeastern PA, the Philadelphia are and surrounding states.
Rabbi Nathan believes weddings are a joyous, celebratory, and meaningful time for every couple he unites in marriage, and cherishes the ability he has to make weddings a holy occasion. Rabbi Steve Nathan works with Jewish, interfaith, humanistic, and spiritual/non religious couples. People in love from all walks of life, and all backgrounds, are welcome. He performs ceremonies for straight, as well as LGBTQ couples, Rabbi Nathan takes the time to get to know both the individuals, as well as the couple, that are entering into a lifelong partnership. He caters and tailors each ceremony to the specific needs, wants, and personalities of the people he is working with to ensure every ceremony truly reflects their special bond and love story. Premarital counseling makes it possible for Rabbi Nathan to get to know you and your future spouse in a way that will also help guide you down the pathway not only to your wedding day, but to a successful marriage. He infuses every ceremony with characteristic spirituality, music, joy, and even some humor - after all, your wedding is a celebration, not a somber occasion.
Preparation Time Needed (PLEASE READ before contacting Rabbi Nathan)
Rabbi Nathan generally needs 6-9 months to plan a wedding so he requires starting no later than 6 months ahead of time. However, he will make exceptions to this if there are extenuating circumstances (ie, another officiant cancelled unexpectedly or there was a specific reason the couple needs to have a wedding in the near future).
Rabbi Steve Nathan works together with couples to choose the format of their service including: music, English readings, blessings and prayers, the ketubah/Jewish wedding contract, and/or adaptation of it for interfaith or less traditional ceremonies. He performs Jewish or interfaith ceremonies, along with civil unions, and vow renewals for couples looking to reaffirm their commitment to one another. Though based in Bethlehem, he is will to travel to other places on the east coast.
Though Rabbi Nathan is located in Bethlehem, PA, he is able to travel to perform weddings. There would be a stipend based on travel time and mileage. If the location is more than 3 hours away overnight lodging might also be required. This would all be determined and agreed upon at the beginning of the planning process..
Rabbi Nathan even makes his own challah (bread( for weddings and other occasions. Check out "challahsteve" on Facebook for more information.
26 Reviews for Rabbi Steve Nathan
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Florence · Married on 10/06/2018
Rabbi Nathan was wonderful to work with. Everyone at the wedding was raving about how much they liked him and was asking where we found him. He was Kind punctual attentive and gave a great Jewish ceremony for our wedding. I would highly recommend himSent on 09/09/2019
Beckie M. · Married on 10/18/2020
Wonderful Interfaith Service
Rabbi Steve Nathan was wonderful from the start to the end! He met with us many times before the day of the ceremony which made us feel very comfortable following the plan the day of. He knew our style and fit into our wedding with humor and love. We had an interfaith wedding and Rabbi Steve Nathan helped figure out how to create the perfect ceremony between us. Not only did he officiant the wedding, but he taught us about the history and the meaning behind each section of the wedding. He worked very well with the other officiant and the guests had no clue they had just met the day of. I would highly suggest him to anyone in need of a Rabbi!Sent on 12/07/2020
Samantha A. · Married on 10/19/2019
Jeff (my husband) and I could not have asked for a more perfect person to officiate our wedding. We are from New York, but we had our heart set on getting married in Pennsylvania. So when we found Rabbi Steve, we felt so lucky! I was raised Jewish and my husband was raised Catholic. I always knew that I wanted to be married by a Rabbi. Jeff agreed to be married by a Rabbi and have a Jewish ceremony. Even though Jeff isn’t Jewish, it was still important to me that he felt comfortable with the person who was marrying us, and that he felt respected and included in our ceremony (after all, it was his wedding too!). When we had our first meeting with Rabbi Steve, we both were immediately at ease. He completely respected the fact that we were an interfaith couple and he made us feel like we had known him for years. He was able to recommend a great book so that Jeff and I could learn more about the meaning behind all the traditions of a Jewish wedding and he worked with us to customize the ceremony to reflect who we are as people. He also went above and beyond to make sure that, not only did we have a great ceremony, but that we were set up to have a great marriage. During our several pre-wedding meetings, he would be sure to have us discuss our future marriage, he wanted to know our hopes and fears and goals and he wanted to help us communicate with one another. He was reliable, easy to work with, and he made us feel as though he really cared about us! 5 stars, would absolutely recommend hiring Rabbi Steve!Sent on 08/23/2020
Rabbi Steve Nathan Price Rates
Steve is great. Keeps the spirit of the event while eloquently blending real life experiences into the mix. He will help create the ritual into your wedding day experience.....
I highly recommend Rabbi Steve Nathan for your wedding ceremony. His flexibility and ability to interact and relate with his couples contribute to his beautiful ceremonies. Couples I recommend to him always come out extremely happy with their choice to use Rabbi Steve Nathan for their wedding ceremony!