Abby works with families and couples of various affiliations, beliefs, and lack of belief, to craft a service that honors both Jewish tradition and each individual’s approach to religion and meaning in the 21st century. Abby particularly enjoys working with interfaith couples and families.
For b-mitzvah,* Abby partners with moms, dads, kids to customize a prayer, Torah or havdalah (end-of-Shabbat) service that is uniquely meaningful to each family. She also help learners prepare text-based divrei Torah – brief sermon-speeches in which learning is shared with family, friends and guests – that are based in each learner’s interests and reflect the their approach to being Jewish. Abby has officiated locally and in Israel.
For weddings, as with b-mitzvah, Abby works with couples to explore traditional and adapted options for unique, personalized ceremonies and celebrations.
*B-mitzvah is a new, oft-used term – a contemporary adaptation of bar/bat/b’nai mitzvah – that is gender inclusive.