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Interfaith Rabbi Barry Tuchman

Valley Village , CA
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LOCATION

Valley Village, CA US 91607 (map)

PHONE

818-522-1400

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ABOUT US

Specializing in interfaith wedding ceremonies, Rabbi Barry Tuchman brings with him warmth, humor and a touch of personalization that is equal to none. Based in Los Angeles, Rabbi Barry... Read more
Specializing in interfaith wedding ceremonies, Rabbi Barry Tuchman brings with him warmth, humor and a touch of personalization that is equal to none. Based in Los Angeles, Rabbi Barry does travel to any location of your choice. Coming from a more Spiritual than Relegious point of view, Rabbi Barry is accepting of all faiths and combination thereof. Read less
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What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

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Mark
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was fantastic! He was extremely professional in every aspect. He was able to easily accommodate an interfaith ceremony with my wife's family priest. We received so many compliments of the Rabbi during the reception from our guests. Also, the Rabbi designed our Ketubah. We had a different style in mind and the Rabbi drove to our sight and spent several hours getting the right angle and designed our Ketubah exactly how we envisioned it. We loved everything the Rabbi did for us and we highly recommend him for every wedding!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry provided us with a tremendous wedding experience. His service was both lighthearted and meaningful and all of our guests couldn't stop raving about him. I'd recommend him to anyone.
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry officiated our wedding on May 31st, 2014. He was professional, deeply spiritual, and incredibly warm. He strikes a special sense of balance between Jewish tradition, spirituality, personalization, and humor. All our guesst at the wedding commented on how they cried from the beautiful sentiments shared by Rabbi Barry, and how they laughed from his playfulness. Our guests had never experienced a more warm and beautiful ceremony.

Rabbi Barry was always conveniently available to meet whenever we needed help or to chat. He made every effort to learn about my husband and me so to tailor our ceremony to us as individuals and as a couple. Thank you Rabbi Barry for creating such a beautiful memory. We are looking forward to seeing you on many other joyus occasions. Best regards.

-Danielle and Brian Shapiro
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was easy-going and very helpful throughout the entire process. Everyone loved the ceremony!
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Kari and Gabe
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry Tuchman recently officiated at our wedding. The moment we met him we knew he should be standing next us on our wedding day. He is warm, kind, sincere and funny! He listened to us as a couple and how we felt the ceremony should go, added in suggestions and of course his own special touch. After the ceremony we had half the wedding party commenting on how amazing he was. We love and adore him, he is highly recommended!
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Tali
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Tuchman was absolutely fantastic. He exceeded our expectations. he was funny, charismatic and led an absolutely beautiful wedding. So many of our guests told us this was the best ceremony they have ever been to. Thank you Rabbi Tuchman!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We chose Rabbi Tuchman after interviewing other Rabbis in the Los Angeles area. We found him to be professional, humorous, and affable. We met him in person and had a follow meeting on Skype. Rabbi Tuchman helped create a custom experience for us and addressed all of our questions promptly. Many of our wedding guests commented that the ceremony was beautiful and symbolic. We would highly recommend him to any couple looking for a interfaith wedding officiant.
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Lisa
Wedding:
3/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry did such an amazing job, it was more than we could have asked for! All of our guests kept saying how perfect our ceremony was and how great you were. Lots of people said they laughed and cried and felt so much love during the ceremony. My family has been to several weddings recently and they said this ceremony was their favorite!

My husband and I especially like how he kept us in the present moment, so we could enjoy and remember every bit of it.
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kris
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Thank you for doing such an amazing job as our rabbi! Everyone loved the ceremony. It was the perfect mix of meaningful yet light and humorous just as we had requested.
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Aaron
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was great. He made our day even more special.
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Amy
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry officiated my sister's wedding almost a decade ago. While years passed, our memory of the special ceremony he conducted never left our minds. My husband I - both the offspring of mixed-faith parents - knew we wanted a spiritual wedding connected to our Jewish roots but not so unrelateable that our diverse guests would not feel emotionally connected. Rabbi Barry delivered a ceremony that exceeded our dreams. From our first phone call, to getting to know him in the comfort of his home, to discussing our vows, Rabbi Barry made sure that the ceremony itself was the most special part of the wedding.

On the wedding day, Rabbi Barry traveled in the pouring rain after suffering with food poisoning and nonetheless conducted a ceremony that every guest remarked was the most touching ceremony they have witnessed. People of all faiths commented how spiritual and loving it felt, that they could see the love between us that Rabbi Barry highlighted and understood the significance of the various Jewish traditions.

Rabbi Barry is a superstar. We will never forget our 30 minutes of fame standing up there with him!
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Amber
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry officiated our wedding in October 2013 and it was just wonderful. My (now) husband and I consider ourselves spiritual and he's got a Jewish background so we definitely wanted a rabbi to officiate, but it seemed a little difficult to find a rabbi that would not only fit our needs, but also be 100% accepting, flexible and accommodating for the ceremony (wording, traditions, etc). From his energy to his delivery, Rabbi Barry hooked us in from our very first meeting at his home space - and we're sure he had the same affect on the guests at our wedding. We're very happy to have met and had the chance to celebrate with Rabbi Barry and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a captivating officiant.
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Audrey
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Tuchman was the officiant at my son's wedding, and he is amazing. After the ceremony, several friends and family made it a point to tell me how the ceremony was inspiring and beautiful. One friend said that she was "riveted" to Rabbi Tuchman's words, and that she wanted a wedding like this one. I highly recommend Rabbi Tuchman
- Audrey G.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry is excellent and I highly recommend him- not only did he make the ceremony special, but it was pretty entertaining too. He was always available for questions and meetings and very punctual. Also, he made a very beautiful ketubah for us.
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Ian
Wedding:
8/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was absolutely wonderful in every sense of the word. My wife and I are Jewish and Jehovah's Witness and had high sensitivity around the content of the ceremony. Rabbi Barry worked closely with both of us to arrange a ceremony which accommodated everybody (including our parents) and made all our guests feel comfortable and respected. He is a great listener, extremely compassionate, and very professional. I highly recommend Rabbi Barry for any weddings and interfaith marriages in particular.
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Courtney
Wedding:
8/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry has the most wonderful personality. All of our guests loved him and found him to be very entertaining, as did we.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/14/2007
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry Tuchman specializes in interfaith weddings, and comes from an equally spiritual and religious place. More spiritual if you ask me. He really makes the ceremony personal, and also adds his great sense of humor into the mix. We got so many wonderful compliments about him. He just has an easy-goingm gentle and kind way about him.
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Ronica
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry made our special day even more special!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
A great guy & modern Rabbii. Thanks for a memorable day - short but sweet!
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Hannah
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was exactly what we were looking for! He kept the mood/ ceremony at the wedding light and entertaining. We have already recommended him to several friends that are getting married!
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Megan
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was excellent. I am Christian and my husband is Jewish. We wanted to have an interfaith ceremony that incorporated important elements from both of our upbringings. Rabbi Barry was very receptive to this - he gave us a template and allowed us to take the proverbial red pen to the page and helped us create a ceremony that was uniquely us.

Beyond that, he was a joy to work with. We felt that we got to know him on a personal level, and vice versa. We believe this is what ultimately helped him perform such a great ceremony - he knew little quirks and traits about us that he was able to insert - our friends and family LOVED it!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was exceptional in every way. He made our wedding such an unique, real and memorable experience. Our guests raved about his compelling style, and some are going to renew their vows after being at the ceremony. Would highly recommend.
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Sara
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry did a wonderful job officiating our wedding ceremony. I am Jewish, but my husband is Catholic. He was great at accommodating our needs and entertaining our guests at the same time.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was great to work with. We had an interfaith wedding, and Rabbi Barry did a great job creating a service that was inclusive for both faiths. In our initial meetings, he made us feel comfortable and took the time to explain his process and what we could expect from him. He also did not try to pressure us into making any kind of decision, emphasizing that whom we choose as our officiant is a very important decision. We felt very comfortable with Rabbi Barry, as did both of our families.
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Jeremy
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry performed the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding on October 14, 2012. He made our wedding feel very special and personal to us. His approach was very warm, spirtual, loving, and fun. I would highly recommend Rabbi Barry Tuchman for your wedding!
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Dafna
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry is amazing!!! My fiance was not Jewish and didn't have any religious preferences so he was very into having a Jewish ceremony. Rabbi Barry welcomed him with open arms, which many Rabbis do not! He was so kind. He made my fiance feel so comfortable. He took such good care of us! He answered our phone calls no matter what time it was and he always responded to emails immediately! The week before we were so stressed out and he would call and check on us and make sure we were enjoying this time and not worrying about the little things. Our ceremony was amazing. Rabbi Barry made it very personal. Our guests were amazed. So many people came up to us afterwards to tell us it was the most amazing ceremony they have ever been too and that Rabbi Barry was just amazing. We couldn't agree more! Rabbi Barry thank you for making our wedding so special and for taking such good care of us! And also thank you for the beautiful Ketuba you designed, YES HE DESIGNS KETUBAS! We started with a little idea and it became the Ketuba of our dreams! Our ceremony was perfect thanks to you! - Ken and Dafna
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punjabijunior
Wedding:
2/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry Tuchman is the most amazing Rabbi in all of the land! He performed the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding! I'm Jewish, and my husband is Christian. He was so good at bridging the gap in the ceremony and instead of making it seem like a Jewish Ceremony, he included everyone! He has this way of speaking that is just so peaceful and so lovely. He has an amazing voice that just brings a sense of calm and serenity to every ceremony he does.

Rabbi Barry personalizes all of his ceremonies and each one is different. He has a great sense of humor and knows when to be funny and when to be serious. We love Rabbi Barry and HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM! He's the best! Not only is he talented in his speaking, but he's an artist as well. He creates the most beautiful Ketubah's! And each one is unique! Also, for those Brides (like me) who are picky, he is handsome!
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Russel
Wedding:
1/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry brought our wedding to life. He worked with us throughout the process and helped make our ceremony better than we could have ever expected. Everyone was blown away by how cool he was, we would definitely recommend him for anyone who wants a memorable experience!
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Eric
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Very friendly, responsive, great follow through and beautiful service! Got many nice cooments about his officiating. Highly recommended.
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MarinaG
Wedding:
11/1/2011
5.0/5.0
It was pleasure to have you . You made my special day amazing.

Thank you
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eugenekarina
Wedding:
9/25/2011
5.0/5.0
thank you so much for a beautiful ceremony - eugene and karina
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JLA
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Thank you Rabbi Barry for a perfect and memorable ceremony. We loved it and the guests did as well. Also, thank you for the beautiful ketubah. Words can't describe how nice the finish product turned out. We will definetly refer your service and we really appreciate making our wedding such a special day. Thanks again for everything.
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Lloyd
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry Tuchman was fantastic. From start to finish, he was professional, friendly, and flexible. We had an interfaith marriage and in addition to Rabbi Barry, we had a priest to co-officiate our wedding. Rabbi Barry not only met with us and spoke to us at length before the wedding so that we were all comfortable, but he also met with our priest one-on-one before our wedding as well. It clearly made all the difference for the ceremony because we got so many comments about how beautifully Rabbi Barry and our priest worked together to make the ceremony absolutely unforgettable. Words like "incredibly harmonious" and "the most beautiful interfaith ceremony" were some of the ways our guests described our ceremony with Rabbi Barry. We felt incredibly comfortable with Rabbi Barry and we are so glad we chose him for our special day. We would absolutely recommend him to others for their ceremony and we cannot thank Rabbi Barry enough for making our ceremony incredible.
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Shwnmtn
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was a marvelous Rabbi, confidant, mentor and person and I am thrilled he was apart of our wedding. From the moment he met us, he not only listened to what we desired in our service he executed our desires to perfection. He was warm, caring and patient. He was flexible to our wants and needs and was a true bright spot in regards to our vendors.

Our wedding was at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills and our ceremony was showered with tree's, flowers, draping, lighting.... the works.... & after the ceremony what everyone mentioned first was Rabbi Barry; How well he spoke, how gracious he came off and how wonderful his small stories and anecdotes were.
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nicole
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better Rabbi. He was engaging, funny, and the ceremony was very touching. So many people came up to us later complimenting Rabbi Barry! He is very easy to work with.
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Kusachka
Wedding:
5/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Rabbi barry is great! We had a wonderful jewish ceremony that was very personal and funny at the same time. All the guests loved him :). I'm definitely recommending him to everyone who is looking for a rabbi!
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Olya
Wedding:
4/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry made our ceremony fun and uplifting. A very spiritual event. It was exactly what we wanted.
Thank you, so much.

Olya and Nathan Shinder.
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Felix
Wedding:
11/27/2010
5.0/5.0
rabbi barry is absolutely fantastic! he's so open minded and an absolutely great life long friend! he has a wonderful sense of humor and a one of a kind personality!
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Taty29
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was great at our wedding. He was friendly, funny, professional and we got a lot of compliments from our guests on how great he was at our ceremony. I highly recommend Rabbi Barry for your wedding!!!
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Debbie
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Having Rabbi Barry as our Officiant at our wedding was a true blessing! I knew from the moment I spoke with him on the phone that it was going to be a great fit. He was funny, charming and entertaining and kept the mood very warm. He also was able to go with the flow. We had our wedding at a venue that was not fully completed, but when he came, not only was he complimenting everything, but he had fun with it. We love Rabbi Barry and would recommend him to everyone as would most of our guests. :-)
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Ben
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was perfect in everyway. We got more compliments on the ceremony than we could have ever imagine.
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JudgingJules
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry is a Rabbinical STAR! What a wonderful human being and incredible officiant. I found Rabbi Barry literally about 2 weeks before our long planned interfaith wedding. Our original Rabbi seemingly double booked himself and there we were with everything all set and no one to marry us! Rabbi Barry handled EVERYTHING with grace, honor and dignity, the ceremony was inclusive so that even those who were not Jewish would fully understand the ceremony. While our outdoor wedding was perfect in every way from weather to food to entertainment, Rabbi Barry made it heartfelt, special and unique. We had so many compliments about him from our guests and family and I would highly recommend him for weddings or any other rabbinical needs. You won't be disappointed.
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supersydly
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry adjusted and worked with us to craft the perfect wedding ceremony, and he really gave us the perfect experience on our special day. We really did our research to find him, and it payed off... I cannot even imagine a better wedding officiant.

Predictably, a lot of guests remarked that it was the best wedding they had been to (several of whom were my Mormon in-laws, and I think that's actually something they're not supposed to say about a Jewish wedding).
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Allen
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was the perfect officiant for our interfaith wedding ceremony. We received many post-ceremony comments from our guests that he set such a fun and meaningful tone that made our wedding a most special night for everyone. His ability to blend the sacred and the meaningful aspects of the ceremony with light humor was special.

We would recommend him to anyone.
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Cindy
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry Tuchman really made our wedding ceremony quite special. We had just the right amount of religious aspects and Rabbi Barry fully explained so nicely so that all in attendance could understand what was happening. He allowed us to infuse our own personal silliness including permitting us to have basketball yarmulkes - and sporting one himself. Our guests remarked that he had the perfect mix of humor, religion, and personalization from each side of the family. I would definitely recommend Rabbi Barry to any interfaith couple in search of an officiant.
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Lucia
Wedding:
3/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry is an exelent person, full of love to give, with great carisma and sensibility. Thank you for making our dream come true!
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Yana
Wedding:
2/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry is absolutely the best. From the first moment we met him I felt his positive energy and his honesty just shining through, he put tears in my eyes from that moment I knew he had to marry us. He was a perfect match for us. All of our guests were absolutely in love with him!
Anyone who wants to see the highlight from our unbelievable wedding can go to http://www.stavrovideo.com/
Yana Chernov
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Hollie
Wedding:
5/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry saved our wedding! We booked our officiant early (like 8 months early) and he cancelled on us three weeks before the wedding. We were in a panic. We called and emailed every vendor on Wedding Wire, The Knot, Wedding Channel, the phone book, Craig's List. We spoke to a few officiants over the phone, but Rabbi Barry was absolutely the best! He responds to email quickly, which was very important to the working bride to be. He is efficient and has tons of experience. He is very flexible, but makes excellent suggestions. He met with us and got to know us a little before putting our ceremony together. He was fantastic to work with. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found him. Our ceremony was memorable and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Barry was excellent! He had a great game plan and taught us a lot about what needed to be done. At the same time he was very flexible with the ceremony and the ketubah was beautiful.
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Private User
Wedding:
4/5/2014
4.9/5.0
Rabbi Tuchman was one of the highlight's of our ceremony. Not only did he officiate in a way that was meaningful and authentic, he included humor and great explanations throughout. He was easy to work with and was also an amazing artist! Our Kettubah was beautiful and he did many iterations to get it right! Highly recommend!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
We were so glad that we found Rabbi Barry, and our guests loved him. He made a real effort to make our ceremony personal and special, and it was. He was warm, funny, and truly involved our guests in the ceremony itself.

Our wedding was in the afternoon and he did have a wedding earlier that morning, which may have contributed to his notes getting a little confused -- some of the stuff we talked about and were looking forward to didn't make it into the ceremony, and some stuff we didn't talk about it did. It was nothing major, but it made me wonder if perhaps a rehearsal would have been a good idea.

Overall Rabbi Barry made all of our Jewish, Christian, and everything else relatives feel welcome and involved. He's a great find.
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Aphrodite6060
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.8/5.0
Friendly, easy to work with and was great at explaining the ceremony from beginning to end! Would total recommend his services!
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annabere
Wedding:
3/3/2012
4.8/5.0
My husband and I are so glad that we decided to have Rabbi Barry as our officiant. I am Jewish and my husband was raised Catholic. Rabbi Barry was totally flexible and worked with us to create a personalized ceremony which would fit and blend our personalities, backgrounds, religious beliefs and traditions. Our ceremony was wonderful and many of our guests said that they really enjoyed it. There was a lot of symbolism, meaning, and spirituality behind what Rabbi Barry had prepared to say during the ceremony and everyone (Jewish and Catholic) in the audience felt connected to one another and the event.

We also bought a Ketubah from Rabbi Barry. He has many different ones to choose from and he even worked with us to customize ours. We love how it turned out and it is hanging in our bedroom. We also had Rabbi Barry create our parents gifts for us. They were a smaller version of our Ketubah with a space for a picture of the two of us. They turned out wonderful and both of our parents loved the gifts.

We would highly recommed Rabbi Barry for a spiritual, customized, interfaith ceremony. Thanks Rabbi Barry!
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Mia
Wedding:
6/12/2011
4.8/5.0
Rabbi Barry was wonderful! We had dinner with him before our wedding and got to know him a little better. He's an mazing and very interesting man. Our ceremony went flawlessly. He's funny and personal and the guests raved about him after.
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Les Edrich
Wedding:
3/18/2011
4.8/5.0
Rabbi Barry added a dimension and quality to our ceremony that I have not witnessed at any other wedding. He truly did transform it into a very special event, not just for us, the bride and groom, but for all of those in attendance.

There was a depth of spirit and connection that is so hard to create and then project.

Clearly, a very different wedding without Rabbi Barry's presence.
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jerryack
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.8/5.0
Rabbi Barry was terific. He met our needs completely. He married a Jewish man and a Tibetan woman on short notice. He put toghether a ceremony that honored the traditions of both and delivered it with good will, humor and the appropriate level of spirituality. He was very responsive and easy to wrok with with--and he's a nice person. We couldn't have been more pleased. We felt lucky to have found him and highly recommend him.
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Happy Bride
Wedding:
5/31/2008
4.8/5.0
Rabbi Barry made our whole ceremony. He is the perfect blend of spirituality, warmth, and humor. Out of all the wedding comments we received, praise to Rabbi Barry was the common theme. He includes the guests in the ceremony, and no matter the size of venue,he makes the audience and the couple feel completely comfortable and special.
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Scott & Hilary
Wedding:
12/8/2013
4.7/5.0
Rabbi Barry helped make our wedding ceremony and day magical. We both loved the ceremony, as did our guests. A number of guests came up to us afterwards and expressed how moved they were by the way the Rabbi conducted the ceremony - moved with emotion and laughter. As we stood under the chuppah it was wonderful to hear our guests laugh and respond to his words about us. The whole ceremony felt extremely casual and deeply meaningful. We were able to engage with the Rabbi during the ceremony in a casual manner, and answer questions to help tell the story and symbolism of our chuppah and the tallit we used. Rabbi Barry made it seem as if we had both known him for years! He is wonderful to work with! we are both happy with our decision to have Rabbi Barry as the Rabbi to bless our marriage.
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Linda
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.7/5.0
Rabbi Barry was the perfect officiant for our interfaith wedding. He balanced our traditions and our faiths and created a beautiful ceremony that was very reflective of us as a couple. Our family and friends all loved the ceremony, noting how personal, intimate and emotional it was. Rabbi Barry was a bit more expensive than other officiants we spoke to, but he was worth every penny. He is extremely responsive, friendly and easy to talk to and really knows how to make everyone feel a part of the big day. We still have people - four months later - calling us to tell us how special our vows and our entire ceremony were to them. Thank you Rabbi Barry!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
Rabbi Barry is always sharp, funny and engaging. More practice would make it perfect, as few things were missed. However, overall great experience.
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Meryl
Wedding:
8/13/2011
4.6/5.0
Rabbi Barrry is wonderful. He completely catered to our every desire to have the ceremony bright, fun, and personal. Two months later I'm still getting rave comments from friends and family.
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Matthew
Wedding:
3/25/2012
4.4/5.0
Rabbi Barry was great! He truly listened to all of our ideas and requests. He helped us integrate both of our cultures and beliefs into a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Everyone told us that they really enjoyed our wedding and Rabbi Barry was a big part of that.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.3/5.0
We received many comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the ceremony. Above and beyond the comments one expects to receive out of simply politeness. The ceremony was wonderful.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
Rabbi Barry performed a great service for myself and my wife. Entertaining and informative. 8)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
Rabbi Barry is great in a crowd/among an audience. He is able to grasp every person's attention until the end of his speech. I had many friends and family ask me who our rabbi was. I have no regrets. The only issue I had was that he wasn't as organized as I would have liked when it came to following the outline for our ceremony, even after several revisions between him and I and walking through the outline over the phone. But honestly, the ceremony was still beautiful and amazing; I doubt anyone noticed the small glitches except for me and my mom. With that said, would I choose someone else if I could go back in time? My answer is NO. I would still choose Rabbi Barry.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Pros:
- A very interfaith man who has studied world religions.
- Charismatic and a good speaker/improviser.
- Will go over every aspect of the ceremony with you and attempt to
customize it
- On time for the ceremony and obviously experienced officiant
- Has a reliable schtick

Cons(Disclaimer: I believe the Rabbi was having personal difficulties at this time. This may be the cause for the disparity between our experience and the other reviews):
- A bit disorganized. Did not keep records of certain things we talked
about, such as the ketubah at times or certain parts of the ceremony,
which we had to go over several times.
- Did not keep records of certain invoices.
- Did not read emails fully, necessarily

I do hope that the weight of these hard times pass for him soon. He seems like a good man.
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Interfaith Rabbi Barry Tuchman responded with the following comments:

The death of my beloved did effected me, I confess! My only guess is that the wedding was the during this difficult time being Karen's only care giver. I wish this couple would have revealed who they are, so I could apologize for any lack luster performance. If my grief was not hidden, which I thought was, this anonymous couple could have been a bit more understanding that I showed up within two days after Karen's passing. Who ever you are, reviewer, I am truly sorry to have been less than 100% there for you. Please forgive me and try to understand, that most other rabbis would have sent in a substitute rabbi but I showed up! I think they would have liked that less.
Rabbi Barry
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.8/5.0
When my husband and I met Rabbi Barry we were very excited. He was exactly what we thought we were looking for. He was very friendly, and funny, and we knew he would put our guests at ease during our interfaith marriage. He did exactly that, everyone loved him. Except for us.
When things went wrong: Rabbi Barry has a sort of set routine for the weddings. He asks you about what is meaningful to your wedding to set it apart. We told him about the beautiful Huppa my mom made, that all my siblings have wed under. He asked if anything else was special, but that was it. During the service he put me on the spot: "...and this kiddush cup. It is very special to the couple. Remind us why it is so special to you guys." I picked it out because it was pretty, which is what I said. That got a laugh, but made me super uncomfortable, especially since he now started up on why our Talit was so special to us. It belonged to my sisters ex-husband, but was left at our house, and it was white, and matched. My husband was never going to need one, and the history didn't bother us, so we just used it. My husband and I cringed and looked at each other, hoping the Rabbi wouldn't ask us the importance of this as well. Luckily, he didn't.
And then my favorite part: Before the ceremony even began, he suddenly found it his duty to chime into a conversation I was having with my husband and brother. A few weeks before the wedding I asked the Rabbi about when he wanted final payment. He sent me an invoice for the first half earlier on, but never brought up final payment, and did not respond to the email. On the day of the wedding I realized I had left the checkbook at the hotel. He took it upon himself to give me a lecture about how "as a vendor" people expect to be paid. My brother told him he would have his money, so to back off, but he just kept on. Luckily the DJ, who was the other person we needed to pay, was super cool about it and said we could write her a check after the honeymoon.
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Interfaith Rabbi Barry Tuchman responded with the following comments:

It is interesting that people who are unhappy with anthers service, rarely posts their name. I wish I knew who this was or the situation they spoke of. In reading the review, it is apparent that the couple never did provide the needed information regarding the specifics of the ceremony.

Interacting and dialoging during the service is what I do. Most people love the casual warmth and intimate space I set. Plus, when I ask couples to explain the origin of the cup or tallit, guests love that.

This bride or groom confessed that they were not prepared, forgot items to bring to the wedding and somehow blamed me for their discontent.

I also know that not everyone resonates with each vendor who seeks a booking and I really try to vet couples as to whether I fit with them or not. I am truly sorry for any disappointment that I generated.

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