WEDDINGS


"Kenny was a truly amazing addition to our service and incredibly open to our unconventional ideas of how we wanted the ceremony to go. His generous spirit helped to put me at ease on a day when most brides feel overwhelmed with stress."

-Laura Krey

 

I think Judaism has great traditions around the wedding ceremony - preparing for the wedding, the ceremony itself and things you might do just after the ceremony concludes. If you are two Jews getting married, we will talk about all the different possibilities and variations, while preserving the core of the ceremony and those elements that make a wedding ceremony uniquely Jewish.

If you are two people coming from different faith traditions, or if religion is not where you live much at all, we can talk about how we might blend elements from various traditions (Jewish or otherwise) into a ceremony that honors all the people, customs and values that come together when two people plan a wedding.

In answer to frequently asked questions about my involvement in wedding ceremonies

  • I am happy to officiate or co-officiate at an interfaith wedding
  • Pretty much any venue for the wedding ceremony is fine with me
  • I will of course officiate at the wedding of people who self-identify in the LGTBQI world
  • Regarding the timing of your ceremony, if you have already picked a day and time for your wedding that coincides with Shabbat, I am very willing to accommodate your needs
  • My fee varies with the situation, i.e. how far do I have to travel to get to your venue; will you want me to attend a rehearsal the previous day/evening; etc. That said, generally the fee will land somewhere between $750-$1000, but that is all-inclusive, meaning whatever we agree upon is what you will pay, and all you will pay, whether we speak 5 times or 25 times prior to your ceremony.

"We wanted to create a simple, yet very intimate and meaningful wedding celebration with our families in our back yard. We had a feeling that Kenny would be perfect, and for that reason we flew him in from Massachusetts to Arizona to be our wedding officiant. What we didn't know was just how personal and inclusive it would be. We were all blown away by his ability to seamlessly weave our Buddhist/Yogic leanings with the teachings of Judaism. Andrew is Jewish and we wanted to include some of the ritual from that tradition. Kenny brought his vast knowledge of spiritual practices, his compassion, his wisdom, his gifts of intuition, and his warm-hearted and humorous nature. We laughed often during the ceremony, we cried (of course) and we all walked away uplifted. Kenny not only enlightened everyone present about the power and meaning of the marriage ritual, but also bonded us together into a tighter sense of connection. It would not be an exaggeration to say that his presence was a very big part of what made our wedding memorable. We know this because it was he who was glowingly commented upon by family and friends, far more than the food, flowers, dresses and music."

-Andrew Rivin and Desiree Rumbaugh

 

From another couple...

In our dream scenario of a “perfect wedding” we wanted first, of course, love that would last. Given that my fiancé and I were confidently ready for married life, what else would be important to us for our wedding? We knew that we wanted to be in a place surrounded by family and close friends, with beautiful gardens, enchanted with classical music, and enriched by palpable Jewish spirit. We wanted a ceremony that would celebrate our love, nurture our Jewish souls and begin our married life with true warmth, tradition, and loving spirit. Rabbi Kenny Hahn brought this dream to reality and we can never thank him enough!

From our first meeting, Rabbi Hahn talked to us about our spiritual interests. How much tradition did we want in our ceremony, who should participate, what readings/prayers were important to us, would we recite vows or read our Ketubah, and what were our time requirements. He made sure that we had a chance to think about what was comfortable for both of us and what we might want from him. He made sure that we were going to enjoy our service.

We met and talked several more times and together planned the content and logistics of the ceremony. We were totally prepared long before our actual event and this substantially reduced our stress and made the wedding something to look forward to.

Rabbi Hahn successfully orchestrated our rehearsal so that our bridal party (which included teenagers and small children) would go off without problems or anxiety. Everyone was prepared and totally excited! When the actual ceremony took place, it was indeed “perfect” and magical. The love and Jewish spirit that we wanted to share was beautifully present and we felt blessed by our Rabbi, family and friends.

With sincere gratitude, Sherri Meade and Ian Smith