Jewish Interfaith Wedding FAQ

Interfaith Wedding FAQWhy do many rabbis not perform interfaith marriages?

In some interpretations of Jewish Law, interfaith weddings are not accepted, and as a result many conservative rabbis will not perform an interfaith ceremony. However, other rabbis will perform interfaith weddings— even with a co-officiant from other religious faiths.

Do we have to abide by a certain structure for our ceremony?

No. One of the beauties of an interfaith wedding is it gives the bride and groom the freedom to build a ceremony that suits their faith and their sensibilities. Rabbi Silverman will work with the couple and their families to find just the right feel for the special day.

What is the difference between a Jewish, interfaith, and non-denominational wedding?

A Jewish wedding is between two people who are Jewish, and will incorporate Hebrew and English and generally feature the traditions associated with a Jewish Marriage ceremony. An interfaith wedding is between a Jewish person and a non-Jewish person. The wedding ceremony can include Hebrew, but is generally done in English depending on the desires of the couple. A non-denominational wedding can be an interfaith couple or two non-Jewish people who want to keep their ceremony devoid of ties to any particular religion. The wedding happens under God but lack any language specific to any particular faith.

How do I make sure that my faith and my partner’s faith are honored in the ceremony?

Talk to each other. The best way to begin your lives together is by making sure that both of you are comfortable with your wedding ceremony. Rabbi Silverman can work with you to find ways to bring the beautiful traditions of both of your faiths together for your wedding day.