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Officiant in Broomall, PA,

Secular Jewish Interfaith & Irish Weddings

219 Foxcroft Road
Broomall, PA, PA
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(267) 902-7752

About Us

** I do not always receive a text to me about a pending inquiry. For the fastest response, please write to me here and let me know about yourselves (Jewish, interfaith, secular) -- but also send a text. TY! 267-902-7752. **

The most important thing to know about me and "How is this officiant different from all other officiants?" is this. In the words of Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan: "I believe the past has a vote, but not a veto." While the traditions of any religion or culture are a great place to BEGIN the process of planning a ceremony, they do not dictate it -- esp. when they don’t reflect YOUR beliefs.

I NEVER officiate the same ceremony twice (and sadly, that is what so many officiants do!) I don't hand you two or three pre-scripted ceremonies and ask you to pick one. Worse, I don't do a ceremony written in the Middle Ages and which has been done for every couple, the same way, for 1,500 years, as so many denominations do. As if every two people are the same! As if broader human values have never changed! As if the scientific method was never discovered!

I take great care to learn about you, YOUR values and create a ceremony that celebrates YOUR unique love story.

Probably 90% of the couples I marry are Catholic-Jewish partners, but I've married Quakers, Hindus, Baptists -- you name it! Non-Jewish couples who find me usually self-define as "spiritual but not religious." I like to believe I can create a ceremony with SO much more heart and soul than a Justice of the Peace would.

I'm ordained as a rabbi and legally able to perform marriages in every state; I've studied or worked in all non-Orthodox Jewish groups for 30 years: Reconstructionist, Secular Humanist, Reform, Conservative, Renewal.

I worked my first career as a journalist and I provide you with many resources to help you weigh your ceremony options.

And I'm a certified facilitator with Prepare & Enrich premarital prep program, an optional program whereby you each take a survey and learn about how much alike, and different, you are in the 9 key areas that determine long-term marital success. It is solidly based on the science of researchers like John Gottlieb and his Love Lab at the University of Oregon -- and I'm happy to offer this at no additional charge.

The P&E program is especially beneficial for couples who haven't been together for more than 3 or 4 years; where one or both partners have never been in a serious relationship before; or if you are interfaith and there are very likely many topics you should probably discuss, that you may not even realize you should discuss!

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As far as logistics, here is how the process works: FIRST, we have a phone call to "meet" (no obligation!) SECOND, I invite you to my home to brainstorm the MANY options you have for your ceremony; it takes about 2 hours (still no obligation!) THIRD, I write a ceremony based on your decisions: which readings, rituals, etc. you would like to include. You have total control over the content of your ceremony (though I naturally share opinions based on my experience.)

You make a 50% deposit to reserve your date whenever you are ready during that process. The balance is due to the wedding day.

By far the most popular (and unique) element of my ceremonies is what I call "The Love Story.” Here, I ask you each to answer questions about how you met, your first date, what qualities you fell in love with, etc. You would email me the answers privately – the surprise is half the fun!

I hope you can find time to read reviews other couples have left, as they really are the best testament to my work. Also, don't miss the 5-minute video posted here showing highlights of a co-officiated ceremony I conducted with an Episcopalian priest.

Lastly, I am HONORED to work with LGBT couples.

Congratulations on this joyous, exciting BIG step in your life!

-- Rabbi Joysa


Emily

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  • We have been so grateful to have Joysa as part of our wedding from the beginning to now! Through the whole process she has been so friendly and caring! From meeting and talking about what we wanted and following up as the date grew closer we felt so special. She really takes the time to get to know who you are, what matters to you as a couple, and what you want from your ceremony. She really cares and is passionate! And so importantly during this pandemic, she has gone above and beyond helping us as we grapple with postponements and everything. She preformed a small ceremony for us on original date with our immediate family and had no problem postponing the actual date for the wedding multiple times. We couldn't of asked for more or anything better :) On top of that the special touches that she adds to your ceremony are so touching! They show how much effort and attention to detail she puts into her work :) Her pricing is amazing and fair as well. If you are looking for the best offici... Read more

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    What is the typical price for your wedding services?

    $ 1,199.00

    Which of the following are included in the price?

    Premarital Counseling

    What is the starting price for your wedding services?

    $ 650.00

    Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

    No

    What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

    $ 100.00

    What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

    $ 35.00

    What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

    Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion

    What services do you provide?

    Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

    Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian

    On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

    Less than 30 mins.

    In which states are you licensed?

    AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

    What languages do you speak?

    English, German, Hebrew, Spanish



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