What do rabbis and cantors think about
Can a rabbi or cantor officiate at an
The majority of Reconstructionist rabbis and cantors will perform
interfaith marriages, and many Reform rabbis and cantors will do
so as well. Conservative and Orthodox clergy, on the
other hand, are not permitted by their professional
organizations to consider performing an interfaith marriage
without losing their affiliation with their specific
See also: What are the different
denominations (types) of Judaism?
Where can I find a rabbi or cantor to officiate
at my intermarriage?
We at JOI believe that the wedding ceremony is only
the beginning of a journey; we recommend that you find
a rabbi with whom you feel comfortable and connected,
so that he/she can guide you throughout your relationship.
One way to find clergy is through local institutions
that are welcoming and inclusive. Our web
directory lists these kinds of institutions and
programs, including synagogues, by state.
You can also contact
us directly at JOI and we will try to refer you
to a rabbi in your area.
resource, not affiliated with JOI, is
Center for Research and Counseling (RCRC), which
sells an updated list of three hundred Reform and Reconstructionist
rabbis that officiate at intermarriages. The RCRC also
sponsors a workshop on Raising Children in the Intermarried
Home, and specializes in therapy for intermarried couples.
The Secular Humanistic Jewish movement maintains a
list of their wedding officiants on-line here.