As part of the individualized Jewish learning experience, or as a distinct endeavor, Abby works with families and couples to plan and officiate at personalized life cycle events.
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.
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, remotely and in Israel.
For all life cycle events including weddings, memorial services, and b-mitzvah, Abby works with clients 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.
Sarah and Ian’s Testimonial:
“We are so grateful to have met Abby! We were concerned about our ability to find an officiant who would understand exactly what we wanted (and what we didn’t want) for our ceremony, but we realized that Abby was the perfect fit within moments of meeting her. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and talk us through each aspect of the ceremony. From there, we worked together to create a truly unique and meaningful Jewish ceremony.
Abby’s knowledge, organization, and professionalism allowed us to move at a steady pace while preventing us from feeling overwhelmed. She set planning benchmarks for us along the way, and her attention to detail at every step reassured us that we were in good hands. She made herself available for any questions or concerns, and she ensured that we felt comfortable with each part of the process.
Our ceremony was everything we could have hoped for and then some. We are truly fortunate to have worked with Abby; it was one of the highlights of our wedding experience!”
– Sarah and Ian, NYC