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Dori Spector · 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 Schein · 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 !
Ilana Glassner · Married on 10/12/2019
We HIGHLY recommend Rabbi Rayzel
1 month before our wedding (for reasons out of our control), we needed to find a new officiant for our wedding. Based on the WeddingWire reviews, we reached out to Rabbi Rayzel. She opened up her schedule and was happy to work with us even on such short notice. Rabbi Rayzel quickly caught us up to speed and we were wedding-ready. From the ketubah signing to the ceremony, Rabbi Rayzel far exceeded every expectation. She is smart, witty and above all else, spiritual. These wonderful attributes (and more) shone through in her ceremonies. Whether it was their first jewish wedding ceremony or their 100th, so many of our guests were in awe of the ceremony and made it a point to tell us so.Sent on 10/20/2019
Thank you, Rabbi Rayzel, for making our wedding day so special.
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Ilana- and Greg,
Sarah Hildebrand · Married on 10/04/2019
Flexible, fun to work with
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael was great from the start to finish! We throughly enjoyed working with her, she was down to earth, responsive, fun and professional. We had a couple bloopers in our wedding and she improvised well! The guests told us how much they enjoyed our ceremony that was filled with love bad laughter! I highly recommend her!Sent on 10/14/2019
Thank you Rabbi!
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure to work with you two! And remember "bloopers" are only opportunities for something creative and more joy..which is a lot like life ! Stay in touch, send a picture ! and have a happy life !
Adam Carmasine · Married on 09/20/2019
Excellent experience for our wedding
Rabbi Rayzel did an amazing job with our wedding ceremony. It seemed like every guest I talked to went out of their way to comment on how much they enjoyed it. I have been to weddings where the ceremony drags on or is too short. Ours was perfect and it was nice to know all of our guests felt the same way.Sent on 10/15/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Adam and Alyssa, it was my pleasure to shepherd you - and your family members:) through this wedding! I took forward to the ongoing conversations and where they will lead. I Know we will be in touch!
Diana · Married on 08/17/2019
A tale of two cultures
Rabbi Rayzel helped make our wedding that much more special by seamlessly incorporating traditions from both our cultures (my husband is Jewish and I am Chinese). From start to finish, Rabbi Rayzel was there to guide us in our journey not only to a beautiful wedding day, but more importantly, to a beautiful and loving life together! At first we were hesitant about getting a Ketubah (being a fairly budget-conscious couple), but we are so thankful that Rabbi Rayzel recommended we get one. The Ketubah signing still remains one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! I am a complete introvert so the thought of a big party was daunting in itself (we only had about 80 guests but even that felt like a huge crowd to me) -- That Ketubah signing was surprisingly just what I needed and set me at ease before the ceremony. I was so thankful to have those few moments of peaceful and intimate reflection on the day, the meaning of this commitment, and the melding of our families, cultures, and traditions. It was so beautiful, in fact, that I teared up when my MIL whispered her beautiful and loving words of wisdom/advice in my ear. Before I even start talking about how wonderful the ceremony was, I must mention all the priceless guidance Rabbi Rayzel provided us before the Big Day. She had us draft a "cohabitation agreement," which is a document that outlines all of the things in life that are most important to us, individually and as a couple. There were things on the list that we had never thought to discuss, but were definitely things we should have discussed before marriage. Going through the process of drafting that document really helped us ground our relationship and future commitment in reality. All too often, people get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning and perfecting every aspect of their Big Day, and they let slip the things that truly matter: how will you and your spouse live every day of the rest of your lives in such a way that both individuals are happy and fulfilled? I am so thankful to have been asked to really sit down with my husband before the wedding and discuss (agree on or compromise on) all these important details of our future lives together. So few officiants go out of their way to help couples prepare for their Big Day in this way -- Thank you, Rabbi Rayzel! Now, before I ramble too much, a little blurb about the ceremony itself: we had an outdoor ceremony and it was really really hot (high 80s), so everyone was fanning themselves with their programs. Despite the less than ideal weather, Rabbi Rayzel pulled off the ceremony beautifully! It was heartfelt, intimate, and a perfect union of our two cultures! Traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies are really quite simple and consist mainly of the Bai Tang (or three bows to Heaven and Earth), which honor the bride and groom's families and each other. Thus, we went with a mostly Jewish ceremony with the Bai Tang included right after the Moment of Remembrance, which was absolutely perfect! Thank you, Rabbi, for everything!! You helped make our day truly one to remember!Sent on 08/30/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Diana, Thank you for going the extra step to post this wonderful review! You took the same care with your ceremony as the beautiful writing here. I wish you all the best. Please stay in touch and PLEASE send me a a few pictures when they come in ! Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel
Melissa Golden · Married on 06/29/2019
So easy to work with!
We really enjoyed working with Rabbi Rayzel. We needed someone to officiate our interfaith, Saturday afternoon ceremony, and she was the perfect choice. She listened to what we wanted to be included, and helped tailor the ceremony to us. She was entertaining and kept our friends and family engaged, but wasn't over the top. Our guests are still talking about the singing during circling, and my favorite part was the ketubah signing ceremony, which made us feel surrounded by love. Highly recommend!!Sent on 07/11/2019
JennaR215 · Married on 05/04/2019
Rabbi Rayzel officiated our wedding and it was truly amazing. She left everyone feeling so touched and connected, it was truly beautiful. I am happy I found her! She understood that my fiancé and I wanted a Jewish ceremony; although we are not super religious. She worked with us in order to customize the ceremony how WE wanted and how we viewed ourselves through our religious beliefs. The Ketubah signing was one of the highlights of the entire wedding experience for myself, as well as a number of other guests (family/friends) who witnessed it as well. She brought us to happy tears and it was something I will never forget. I hope to remain in contact with her as we grow our family. :) thank you again Rabbi!Sent on 07/02/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Jenna thank you for this review! It was my pleasure to get to know you and Andrew. You had a beautiful wedding in a historic scenic venue! You did a great job keeping track of all the details and moving parts:) Please stay in touch and come to one of my Shabbat dinner gathering for my wedding couples.
Alexandra · Married on 03/23/2019
Excellent experience !
I would like to thank and recommend Rabbi Rayzel , she made our ceremony so unique, beautiful and special. She included my parents that were not able to come to my wedding from other country and made our ceremony even more special for all of us. Positive actitude and good energy during the ceremony . She is the best Rabbi Ever !!! I can not thanks enough .
Sent on 03/29/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure... The love between you was palpable. Please stay in touch and send pictures
Cara · Married on 12/22/2018
Amazing and adaptable!
Rabbi Rayzel was the perfect Rabbi for our interfaith wedding, she made sure everyone felt comfortable with english and hebrew translations. Multiple guests have raved about our ceremony and how inclusive it was. I would highly recommend Rabbi Rayzel for your weeding! She is extremely knowledgeable in all religious backgrounds despite her Jewish heritage.Sent on 01/16/2019
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my pleasure to coach you two through this wedding. Thanks for all your flexibility and please stay in touch! send pictures when you get them!
Michael Carver · Married on 11/17/2018
Initially had trouble finding a rabbi who would be inclusive and respectful of both of our religions, while still accentuating the traditions of Judaism. In fact, Rabbi Rayzel worked with us in explaining all of the different traditions and allowing us to choose which traditions we wanted to use in the ceremony. Rabbi Rayzel spent the time talking with both of us as a couple and individually, over several months, to get to know us and our innermost feelings and thoughts of each other. She was able to incorporate this into our ceremony quite well. Rabbi went above and beyond what we expected, as well as guiding us with questions we had. For example, when choosing the wording of our ketubah, it asked us to provide our hebrew and english names. My bride, who is Catholic, did not have a hebrew name, so the rabbi suggested she choose one for herself, and assisted us in writing a contract to designate her as an “ally” of the Jewish people, along with her new hebrew name.Sent on 11/20/2018
We felt Rabbi Rayzel was there for us and was happy for us. Both of our families were extremely happy. Our Jewish and non-Jewish friends were touched by Rabbi Rayzel’s genuineness, uniqueness, and sprirituality. It is quite evident that she loves what she does. Our ceremony went far beyond our lofty expectations and both my wife and I have not stopped raving about Rabbi Rayzel. She gets TEN stars out of five!
Beverly and Michael
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure.Thank you for the great feedback, I bless you with many years of happiness! Stay in touch! You both deserve a lot of love. Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel
Brandon Greene · Married on 11/03/2018
Fantastic service provided by Rabbi Rayzel!!
Rabbi Rayzel is fantastic in every aspect. She truly understood our needs and respected our balance of dual faith marriage. I come from a Jewish background while my wife comes from Catholic. Rabbi was able to intertwine both religions perfectly for our ceremony. The response from family and friends regarding our ceremony was something we will cherish forever!Sent on 11/21/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Brandon and Elizabeth, thank you for these words. It was my true joy to be with you two. May you have many happy happy years together. Stay in touch!
Carl · Married on 10/08/2018
Could not ask for a better Rabbi
Easily the best Rabbi we could have hoped for. Everyone in our families loved her. I had an interfaith wedding which erred more toward a Jewish ceremony. As such most of my wife's family were not knowledgeable about the Jewish traditions that would be presented. Rabbi Rayzel presented everything in a way that everyone understood. She is the best and well worth it.Sent on 12/10/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Thank you so much for these kind words! I loved being at your wedding in the woods, and my last image of you two is dancing away into the dry ice "fog", Like some enchanted story. Enjoy life and stay in touch, Please send a few good pics! Blessings, Rabbi Rayzel
Sabrina Meier · Married on 10/08/2018
Made our ceremony unique and fun
We are an interfaith couple who wanted a few different traditions included in our ceremony but didn't know where to even begin. Rabbi Rayzel coached us through the process of creating a ceremony that was meaningful to us both. We've been told by family and friends it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they have been to, and I couldn't agree more.Sent on 12/31/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure. I loved the wedding in the woods! I wish you many years of love and happiness!
Marque · Married on 10/06/2018
Rabbi Rayzel is the best! I literally had a very Catholic guest come up to me after the ceremony and say, "I would convert, just to have her do my ceremony". Another guest called Rabbi "the wizard". People who knew nothing about Judaism felt included; people who hadn't yet met the groom, learned about him and our love through Rabbi's words. Rabbi even took distractions from the flower girl in stride, including it in the ceremony to engage everyone instead of ignoring it.Sent on 10/08/2018
Thank you Rabbi for making us both so comfortable and delivering a beautiful ceremony that was representative of our love!
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was totally my pleasure ! I had waited two years to officiate your wedding...I was excited as you!
Glen · Married on 08/17/2018
Rabbi Rayzel was great. She stuck with us during the whole process and was there to answer all of our questions. She was really helpful, and made it a great wedding.Sent on 09/17/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:it was my total pleasure! Have a happy life together!
Dave · Married on 08/12/2018
Rabbi Rayzel was the perfect officiant for our wedding! We wanted a primarily Jewish ceremony even though we are an interfaith couple, and she was helpful and supportive throughout the process. Every guest raved about her to us afterward. She helped make our day as beautiful and wonderful as we could have dreamed. We can't recommend her enough!Sent on 08/31/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure! I wish you many happy years together! Please stay in touch!
Kaitlyn · Married on 07/14/2018
Rabbi Rayzel did a wonderful job preparing us for the whole wedding process. She regularly checked in to make sure everything was going smoothly and you can tell she truly loves what she does!! I appreciated that spent a great deal of time getting to know me and my husband both as a couple and individually. She even holds events at her house for her interfaith wedding couples to meet. We attended a celebration last fall and it was great. Thanks Rabbi Rayzel!Sent on 08/16/2018
Michelle · Married on 05/19/2018
Rabbi Rayzel is incredibly fun to work with. She is approachable, warm, caring, and considerate. She truly took what we wanted in a ceremony and made it even better than we could have imagined. She is a wonderful person and an excellent rabbi, who provides pre marriage counseling as well. We would use her again in a heart beat.Sent on 06/08/2018
Jordan · Married on 04/28/2018
Rabbi Rayzel was phenomenal to work with! After our introduction phone call with her we knew we wanted to work with her. She was available through the entire wedding planning process and emphasized our ceremony planning to make the ceremony the best version of us. We felt so comfortable planning our interfaith ceremony with her and she was wonderful at providing us with the best information and recommendations. We initially wanted a very quick ceremony but she helped us create a ceremony that was extremely meaningful and specific to the two of us and everyone absolutely loved it. We received SO MANY compliments from EVERYONE at our wedding about how much they loved Rabbi Rayzel and our ceremony. She is wonderful and I would recommend her to any couple getting married!Sent on 06/08/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure to officiate your wedding! You make a great couple and I hope we stay in touch! I send blessings on this marriage for lots of fun and joy!
Michelle · Married on 03/24/2018
Rabbi Rayzel was an absolute pleasure to work with! She is super responsive and always willing to help or listen. I really enjoyed attending a Shabbat dinner at her home with couples she had married and or was going to marry soon. The insight we gained from that night was invaluable and also led us to selecting a Reverend Rayzel previously worked with to co-officiate our wedding :). She is so open minded and accommodating. There is no doubt she was the perfect Rabbi for us and I'm sure she will be for you too! Thank you for everything!!!Sent on 04/19/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure! I wish you many blessing for your new life and adventure together!
Emily · Married on 01/06/2018
Our wedding guests have not stopped talking about how absolutely incredible our wedding ceremony was, all thanks to Rabbi Rayzel! My husband (a lapsed Jew) and I (a Shiksa) had a Jew-ish/mostly secular wedding ceremony with some Irish influences tossed in, and Rabbi Rayzel was there to support and guide us every step of the way! She helped us to craft a totally unique and personalized ceremony script that was so warm and full of love. Rayzel was comfortable with our request not to have overtly religious wording or passages and truly created the perfect ceremony for us. Thank you again, Rabbi Rayzel!Sent on 04/04/2018
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:It was my total pleasure. The wedding was heartfelt and sparkly! I'll never forget those gold bridesmaids:) I bless you two with lots of love. Stay in touch!
Heather · Married on 10/26/2017
As someone who never really envisioned getting married, I hadn't considered a single thing about the process, except that I most definitely didn't want to have to wear white, and planning events is a bit overwhelming and exhausting. With the expiration day of our marriage license fast approaching, my fiance and I realized that we needed the certificate signed very soon.Sent on 11/02/2017
Feeling at a loss because neither of us prefer crowds, being in the spotlight, myriad logistical details, nor are we rolling in wealth at the moment, we decided to keep it as simple and stress free as humanly possible.
Finding wedding wire online, we located Rabbi Rayzel in Philedelphia. She was the biggest help imaginable for the event. While supporting our desire to keep it simple, she also had a pile of resources for us to look over and details to consider that would impact us emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually going into a new life together.
It was relaxing, fragrant, and very welcoming. Coming out just long enough to take pictures in the garden, the late afternoon sun gave a lovely sparkle to the damp grass before we returned indoors for the perfect, nicely colorful, ceremony after which the Rabbi presented us with a wonderful book (and a very good read!) as a gift. We were married in her comfortable and beautiful home with a ceremony that we designed (after going back and forth a bit through email) and our three guests. Sherlock, her well-mannered and adorable dog, supervised.
I couldn't be more grateful and feel more blessed that there were no available magistrates on the day we selected. I only wish we live closer to Philly so that we can participate in the community activities that Rabbi Rayzel hosts. When our baby is born in a few months, we definitely want to have our baby naming with this wonderful lady.
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Christopher · Married on 10/26/2017
Rabbi Rayzel is a dream come true! Easy to work with, flexible, and just fun. Wedding's should make for a great memory, and she knows how to get the job done.Sent on 11/04/2017
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:These are the sweetest words. It was my pleasure. You two brought your touch of creativity and openness to the formula. I can't do what I do without my couples input ! Blessings and stay in touch!
Jessica · Married on 10/09/2017
My husband & I had an interfaith wedding this past September and asked Rabbi Rayzel, and a priest, to officiate. She helped us think about the most important part of wedding planning - not necessarily the party, but our lives together as husband & wife. She was very thoughtful and helped us think more about important topics that we may not have considered. She also co-officiated a wonderful ceremony - we received so many compliments from our guests about our ceremony & about how it was so tailored and customized. We definitely recommend Rabbi Rayzel to anyone considering a Jewish or interfaith wedding!Sent on 10/23/2017
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael's reply:Thank you so much and a big thanks for posting the picture!