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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein

Bethesda , MD
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Bethesda, MD 20817 US (map)

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804-335-4041

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ABOUT US

“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, a single brighter light goes from their... Read more
“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, a single brighter light goes from their united being.” - Baal Shem Tov

It would be my privilege to work with you on creating a warm, unique and inclusive ceremony that reflects your values and love.

I officiate at Jewish, Interfaith, and Same Sex Marriages as well as Baby Namings, Pet Memorials, and special Anniversary Celebrations.

Each couple is unique. As we get to know one another, we together create a ceremony that is reflective of you, your vision and your beliefs. Each and every ceremony is a bit different but all are warm and inclusive.

When appropriate, I am happy to co-officiate with clergy of other faiths.

It is my pleasure to serve Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and areas of PA and Southern NJ.

Again, it would be my privilege to guide you as you begin the exciting journey towards your wedding.

I am happy to perform wedding services for:

Jewish couples



Interfaith couples



Same-sex couples



I happily co-officiate with clergy of other faiths in a neutral venue.



I look forward to hearing from you! I may be reached at 804-335-4041 or through Jewishheartandsoul.com. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Jewish
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD, NC, NY, VA

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Nicki
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Bornstein was a pleasure to work with!! She made our wedding such a perfect event that so many of our guests commented on how beautiful and heartfelt the ceremony was. She was very accommodating the first time we met and agreed to meet us over an hour away from her home. The Skype sessions after were something my husband and I looked forward to, and when we had to cancel at last minute, Rabbi Bornstein was very easy going and rescheduled with us immediately. I would highly recommend Rabbi Bornstein to anyone who is looking for a sweet, kind, and thoughtful Rabbi!
Rabbi Bornstein was a pleasure to work with!! She made our wedding such a perfect event that so many of our guests Read more...
Rabbi Bornstein was a pleasure to work with!! She made our wedding such a perfect event that so many of our guests commented on how beautiful and heartfelt the ceremony was. She was very accommodating the first time we met and agreed to meet us over an hour away from her home. The Skype sessions after were something my husband and I looked forward to, and when we had to cancel at last minute, Rabbi Bornstein was very easy going and rescheduled with us immediately. I would highly recommend Rabbi Bornstein to anyone who is looking for a sweet, kind, and thoughtful Rabbi! Read less
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Nita
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
We loved having Rabbi Bornstein officiate at our daughter's wedding. She was kind, reliable, and committed to our family. Most importantly, she provided spiritual guidance and created a true sacred space for our growing family before and during the ceremony. And she's fun and has a great sense of humor on top of all that! Many of our friends commented on the ceremony, Jewish and non Jewish friends as well. We were so happy to have her officiate at this joyful event and help make the day special.
We loved having Rabbi Bornstein officiate at our daughter's wedding. She was kind, reliable, and committed to our family. Read more...
We loved having Rabbi Bornstein officiate at our daughter's wedding. She was kind, reliable, and committed to our family. Most importantly, she provided spiritual guidance and created a true sacred space for our growing family before and during the ceremony. And she's fun and has a great sense of humor on top of all that! Many of our friends commented on the ceremony, Jewish and non Jewish friends as well. We were so happy to have her officiate at this joyful event and help make the day special. Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

I so enjoy officiating at an interfaith/intercultural wedding ceremony. When it is done with sensitivity and a sense of inclusivity - it is the best of all worlds.
This wedding was just that ;-)
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Lela
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie was an INCREDIBLE officiant for our wedding! We loved getting to know her throughout the planning process; we were always more excited about our marriage after talking with her during our counseling sessions! Several people commented on how wonderful, personalized, and fun our ceremony was, and that was largely due to Rabbi Annie's fantastic support during the planning process. We are sad our wedding is over because we will miss talking to her, but hope to have a happy occasion to work with her again soon. She is great!!!
Rabbi Annie was an INCREDIBLE officiant for our wedding! We loved getting to know her throughout the planning process; we Read more...
Rabbi Annie was an INCREDIBLE officiant for our wedding! We loved getting to know her throughout the planning process; we were always more excited about our marriage after talking with her during our counseling sessions! Several people commented on how wonderful, personalized, and fun our ceremony was, and that was largely due to Rabbi Annie's fantastic support during the planning process. We are sad our wedding is over because we will miss talking to her, but hope to have a happy occasion to work with her again soon. She is great!!! Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

I fell in love with Lela & Adam myself! Their sweetness and regard for one another was touching and encouraging. They were a genuine pleasure to work alongside.
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Sam
Wedding:
7/10/2016
5.0/5.0
We were so happy with Annie as our officiant. She took the time to plan the perfect ceremony for us and we got a lot of compliments about how great our ceremony was. We did a Jewish-Persian combination ceremony, and Annie went out of her way to make sure that both traditions were represented in the ceremony and went together perfectly. She also has a great voice for singing some of the Hebrew prayers. We would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant.
We were so happy with Annie as our officiant. She took the time to plan the perfect ceremony for us and we got a lot of Read more...
We were so happy with Annie as our officiant. She took the time to plan the perfect ceremony for us and we got a lot of compliments about how great our ceremony was. We did a Jewish-Persian combination ceremony, and Annie went out of her way to make sure that both traditions were represented in the ceremony and went together perfectly. She also has a great voice for singing some of the Hebrew prayers. We would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie is not your typical "officiant." She really has the "heart and soul" that is advertised! The pre-wedding discussions and planning are literally conversations that we looked forward to and were not only helpful, but also brought us important areas to think about for think about to enhance our ceremony as well as our lives. Every guest at the wedding commented on how this was the most beautiful ceremony (including her voice!) that they had ever witnessed. Our hearts and lives have been improved by her genuine caring and belief that a ceremony is a life event, not a performance.
Rabbi Annie is not your typical "officiant." She really has the "heart and soul" that is advertised! The pre-wedding Read more...
Rabbi Annie is not your typical "officiant." She really has the "heart and soul" that is advertised! The pre-wedding discussions and planning are literally conversations that we looked forward to and were not only helpful, but also brought us important areas to think about for think about to enhance our ceremony as well as our lives. Every guest at the wedding commented on how this was the most beautiful ceremony (including her voice!) that they had ever witnessed. Our hearts and lives have been improved by her genuine caring and belief that a ceremony is a life event, not a performance. Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

One of the most poignant weddings for which I officiated was that of Ashley & Daniel's. Their open love and reverence for one another brought tears to my eyes. Working with them was an invaluable experience and a great privilege.
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Wendy
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
We hired Rabbi Annie for our son's wedding. Everyone sent us cards and telephoned us to tell us this was the best wedding ceremony and most moving and loving ceremony they had ever attended. We love Rabbi Annie very much. She is a treasure!
We hired Rabbi Annie for our son's wedding. Everyone sent us cards and telephoned us to tell us this was the best wedding Read more...
We hired Rabbi Annie for our son's wedding. Everyone sent us cards and telephoned us to tell us this was the best wedding ceremony and most moving and loving ceremony they had ever attended. We love Rabbi Annie very much. She is a treasure! Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

The feeling is mutual. From the marriage of their son, I have gained not only two young people whom I love but two new friends - their parents ;-)
I love and treasure them all.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Bornstein was absolutely amazing from stat to finish. Our guests were even raving about her! We were looking for someone who was thoughtful and authentic but also knew their place - not a "rent-a-rabbi." Rabbi Bornstein is professional, responsive, and kind. In addition, she really takes the time to get to know the couple. She is also very insightful and her speech at our wedding was just so beautiful and heartfelt. She truly did an excellent job. We liked her so much we even ended up inviting her to stay for the reception! I would highly recommend her. She is the best!!!
Rabbi Bornstein was absolutely amazing from stat to finish. Our guests were even raving about her! We were looking for Read more...
Rabbi Bornstein was absolutely amazing from stat to finish. Our guests were even raving about her! We were looking for someone who was thoughtful and authentic but also knew their place - not a "rent-a-rabbi." Rabbi Bornstein is professional, responsive, and kind. In addition, she really takes the time to get to know the couple. She is also very insightful and her speech at our wedding was just so beautiful and heartfelt. She truly did an excellent job. We liked her so much we even ended up inviting her to stay for the reception! I would highly recommend her. She is the best!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Very good and understanding of couples and family issues.
Very good and understanding of couples and family issues.
Very good and understanding of couples and family issues. Read less
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Kay and Larry
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend Rabbi Cantor Bornstein. Our daughter (who is Jewish) and her fiancee (who is Catholic) found and chose Rabbi Cantor Bornstein, and we Skyped with her early in the process. Right from the beginning, we felt that she understood the sensitivity of this mixed marriage, and she was very confident in her ability to work with the kids to develop a meaningful ceremony that was respectful of both faiths. She had at least three sessions with them alone. As the ceremony proceeded, we were amazed at how well she understood both our daughter and her fiancee, how well she was able to express their relationship, and how she did so with a great deal of warmth and even humor. It was as if she had known them for many years. Quite a number of family and friends of both families and faiths told us how impressed they were with Rabbi Cantor Bornstein, and just how beautiful and meaningful the ceremony was. All in all, it was a wonderful experience!
We would highly recommend Rabbi Cantor Bornstein. Our daughter (who is Jewish) and her fiancee (who is Catholic) found and Read more...
We would highly recommend Rabbi Cantor Bornstein. Our daughter (who is Jewish) and her fiancee (who is Catholic) found and chose Rabbi Cantor Bornstein, and we Skyped with her early in the process. Right from the beginning, we felt that she understood the sensitivity of this mixed marriage, and she was very confident in her ability to work with the kids to develop a meaningful ceremony that was respectful of both faiths. She had at least three sessions with them alone. As the ceremony proceeded, we were amazed at how well she understood both our daughter and her fiancee, how well she was able to express their relationship, and how she did so with a great deal of warmth and even humor. It was as if she had known them for many years. Quite a number of family and friends of both families and faiths told us how impressed they were with Rabbi Cantor Bornstein, and just how beautiful and meaningful the ceremony was. All in all, it was a wonderful experience! Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Cantor Annie Bornstein was a fantastic officiant at our wedding! Rabbi Annie was always the consummate professional, and really took the time to tailor our wedding to fit us and our background (we are a Jewish-Catholic interfaith couple). Rabbi Annie also really took the time to understand and explore our relationship during our pre-marriage counseling sessions, which we found to important and revealing for us as a couple. Rabbi Annie is sincere, caring, and understanding, and her voice is absolutely beautiful! We continue to hear wonderful feedback from our guests, and would highly recommend her to Jewish and/or Interfaith couples looking for an officiant.
Rabbi Cantor Annie Bornstein was a fantastic officiant at our wedding! Rabbi Annie was always the consummate professional, Read more...
Rabbi Cantor Annie Bornstein was a fantastic officiant at our wedding! Rabbi Annie was always the consummate professional, and really took the time to tailor our wedding to fit us and our background (we are a Jewish-Catholic interfaith couple). Rabbi Annie also really took the time to understand and explore our relationship during our pre-marriage counseling sessions, which we found to important and revealing for us as a couple. Rabbi Annie is sincere, caring, and understanding, and her voice is absolutely beautiful! We continue to hear wonderful feedback from our guests, and would highly recommend her to Jewish and/or Interfaith couples looking for an officiant. Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

It always makes me happy when the pre-marital sessions along with the many conversations that my couples and I share - are meaningful to them. After all, that is what is important to all of us...that the entire process be meaningful and joyous to all.

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