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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein

Philadelphia , PA
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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, DE, MD, NC, NY, PA, VA

REVIEWS

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Alexandra
Wedding:
3/18/2017
5.0/5.0
We had a fantastic experience with Rabbi Annie. She truly invested in getting to know us as a couple and was dedicated to making the ceremony both personal and beautiful. Following our ceremony we were bombarded by people telling us how fabulous they thought Rabbi Annie was. They found her funny, her voice beautiful and her words meaningful.
We had a fantastic experience with Rabbi Annie. She truly invested in getting to know us as a couple and was dedicated to Read more...
We had a fantastic experience with Rabbi Annie. She truly invested in getting to know us as a couple and was dedicated to making the ceremony both personal and beautiful. Following our ceremony we were bombarded by people telling us how fabulous they thought Rabbi Annie was. They found her funny, her voice beautiful and her words meaningful. Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind review. It was MY PRIVILEGE to get to know you and to be part of the special day of two very special people.
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Ashley
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to start! We hired Rabbi Annie about 8 months before we got married. I'm jewish and my husband is agnostic. I grew up in a conservative household, but really view myself more on the reformed side of things. My husband was a little hesitant to go through all the interviews, but after we had one Skype call with Rabbi Annie we knew she would be the right officiant for our wedding. It wasn't about pushing any jewish stuff onto my husband, but more about taking the time to work with us and help us open up about ourselves and our future. Rabbi Annie took the time to get to know us, chat about the things that come up when you marry someone and ALWAYS was available to us for questions or whatever we needed. Rabbi Annie spoke to my husband and I during the ceremony and provided her blessings for us.... everything she said was us. She listened and CARES. Super responsive to emails or phone calls/texts, whatever you need she was there.

We had so many compliments and my parents loved the ceremony, Just enough of the jewish traditions, but Rabbi Annie even took the time to explain the parts of the ceremony as the majority of our attendees were not Jewish.

We couldn't be happier with having Rabbi Annie perform our ceremony!!! I can't recommend her enough!!!!
I don't even know where to start! We hired Rabbi Annie about 8 months before we got married. I'm jewish and my husband is Read more...
I don't even know where to start! We hired Rabbi Annie about 8 months before we got married. I'm jewish and my husband is agnostic. I grew up in a conservative household, but really view myself more on the reformed side of things. My husband was a little hesitant to go through all the interviews, but after we had one Skype call with Rabbi Annie we knew she would be the right officiant for our wedding. It wasn't about pushing any jewish stuff onto my husband, but more about taking the time to work with us and help us open up about ourselves and our future. Rabbi Annie took the time to get to know us, chat about the things that come up when you marry someone and ALWAYS was available to us for questions or whatever we needed. Rabbi Annie spoke to my husband and I during the ceremony and provided her blessings for us.... everything she said was us. She listened and CARES. Super responsive to emails or phone calls/texts, whatever you need she was there.

We had so many compliments and my parents loved the ceremony, Just enough of the jewish traditions, but Rabbi Annie even took the time to explain the parts of the ceremony as the majority of our attendees were not Jewish.

We couldn't be happier with having Rabbi Annie perform our ceremony!!! I can't recommend her enough!!!! Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

I am so grateful for your kind and detailed review of our work together. I work hard to create relationships between myself and my couples. I am deeply rewarded when I am able to make a difference. In such a case, it is YOU who make the difference.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie was spectacular. We will remember our ceremony forever. Guests told us that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended. We really enjoyed getting to know Rabbi Annie during the months leading up to our wedding. Her interest in getting to know us was obvious from the quality of the ceremony. We are an interfaith couple and wanted a ceremony that reflected our diverse traditions. Rabbi Annie more than delivered. It was a pleasure to work with her.
Rabbi Annie was spectacular. We will remember our ceremony forever. Guests told us that it was the best wedding ceremony Read more...
Rabbi Annie was spectacular. We will remember our ceremony forever. Guests told us that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended. We really enjoyed getting to know Rabbi Annie during the months leading up to our wedding. Her interest in getting to know us was obvious from the quality of the ceremony. We are an interfaith couple and wanted a ceremony that reflected our diverse traditions. Rabbi Annie more than delivered. It was a pleasure to work with her. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

Many Thanks for your review. I am so glad that our work together was meaningful to you. Your wedding ceremony SHOULD be an event whose joy should be with you forever.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie was the best. She was professional, helpful and thorough. We found her to be disarming, engaged and eager to learn more about us as we moved through this process. We have referred Rabbi Annie to another couple and they chose to use her- we would do that many more times over. Our guests also loved her!
Rabbi Annie was the best. She was professional, helpful and thorough. We found her to be disarming, engaged and eager to Read more...
Rabbi Annie was the best. She was professional, helpful and thorough. We found her to be disarming, engaged and eager to learn more about us as we moved through this process. We have referred Rabbi Annie to another couple and they chose to use her- we would do that many more times over. Our guests also loved her! Read less
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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:

I am thrilled to know that your guests enjoyed our ceremony and sincerely appreciate your referrals. That is the kind of relationship I seek to build with my brides & grooms. That makes it all so meaningful - not only to you - but to me.
Thank you...
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Rachel
Wedding:
9/24/2016
5.0/5.0
Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bernstein helped make our ceremony incredibly personal and heartfelt through her efforts to get to know as a couple. We had several Skype-sessions of couples counseling in the months leading up to the wedding where we talked about our hopes, concerns, goals and views as well as what we wanted in our ceremony, wedding, and marriage. She was thoughtful, funny and kind in our talks and was very helpful in suggesting how to navigate some of the trickier family dynamics that come out during wedding planning. She helped us plan the program for the ceremony, made suggestions for where to find a ketubah, reviewed the language for the ketubah and ceremony, and was very organized in what she needed from us for the ceremony and what we needed to do to prepare. She truly became a friend through the process, and we are so fortunate to have found her.
Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bernstein helped make our ceremony incredibly personal and heartfelt through her efforts to get to know Read more...
Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bernstein helped make our ceremony incredibly personal and heartfelt through her efforts to get to know as a couple. We had several Skype-sessions of couples counseling in the months leading up to the wedding where we talked about our hopes, concerns, goals and views as well as what we wanted in our ceremony, wedding, and marriage. She was thoughtful, funny and kind in our talks and was very helpful in suggesting how to navigate some of the trickier family dynamics that come out during wedding planning. She helped us plan the program for the ceremony, made suggestions for where to find a ketubah, reviewed the language for the ketubah and ceremony, and was very organized in what she needed from us for the ceremony and what we needed to do to prepare. She truly became a friend through the process, and we are so fortunate to have found her. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie was so kind and thoughtful in her questions. Over a series of Skype chats, we really felt like she got to know us and it showed in the service. She helped us personalize it, while keeping time-honored traditions.
Rabbi Annie was so kind and thoughtful in her questions. Over a series of Skype chats, we really felt like she got to know Read more...
Rabbi Annie was so kind and thoughtful in her questions. Over a series of Skype chats, we really felt like she got to know us and it showed in the service. She helped us personalize it, while keeping time-honored traditions. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jeffrey
Wedding:
9/4/2016
5.0/5.0
When you hire Rabbi Annie as the officiant for your wedding you are not just hiring someone who will say the prayers and take you through the motions. Rabbi Annie provided hours of valuable pre-marriage counseling and advice, which my wife and I will carry with us throughout our marriage. Rabbi Annie took the time to get to know us personally and was able to integrate these discussions into a deeply personal speech about my wife and me during the ceremony. One who listens to her speech would have thought we had known Rabbi Annie for years. Rabbi Annie is also willing to tailor the ceremony to how you would like it done. Rabbi Annie went above and beyond to integrate my wife's cultural heritage into the Jewish ceremony, spending time to learn customs (Hindu), and the language (Bengali), in order to welcome all of our guests and make them feel part of the ceremony. All of our family and friends in attendance found the ceremony to be deeply meaningful and highly informative. I also recommend having Rabbi Annie chant the prayers because she has a truly amazing singing voice. By choosing to hire Rabbi Annie Bornstein as your officiant you are not just hiring a Rabbi to perform your wedding ceremony, you are hiring a person who you will want to continue a spiritual relationship with long after the wedding ends.
When you hire Rabbi Annie as the officiant for your wedding you are not just hiring someone who will say the prayers and Read more...
When you hire Rabbi Annie as the officiant for your wedding you are not just hiring someone who will say the prayers and take you through the motions. Rabbi Annie provided hours of valuable pre-marriage counseling and advice, which my wife and I will carry with us throughout our marriage. Rabbi Annie took the time to get to know us personally and was able to integrate these discussions into a deeply personal speech about my wife and me during the ceremony. One who listens to her speech would have thought we had known Rabbi Annie for years. Rabbi Annie is also willing to tailor the ceremony to how you would like it done. Rabbi Annie went above and beyond to integrate my wife's cultural heritage into the Jewish ceremony, spending time to learn customs (Hindu), and the language (Bengali), in order to welcome all of our guests and make them feel part of the ceremony. All of our family and friends in attendance found the ceremony to be deeply meaningful and highly informative. I also recommend having Rabbi Annie chant the prayers because she has a truly amazing singing voice. By choosing to hire Rabbi Annie Bornstein as your officiant you are not just hiring a Rabbi to perform your wedding ceremony, you are hiring a person who you will want to continue a spiritual relationship with long after the wedding ends. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie’s eloquence, poise, insightfulness, and of course BEAUTIFUL voice, helped make our interfaith ceremony incredibly meaningful and memorable. She and our Catholic co-officiant collaborated warmly & seamlessly, in spite of this being their first time working together. The day of the wedding, Rabbi Annie went out of her way to make sure all parties and parents were comfortable and excited about the ceremony. My mother in particular, who was nervous throughout this process, called the ceremony the most beautiful, ideal interfaith wedding ceremony she could imagine.

In the months leading up to the wedding, Rabbi Annie was very accommodating, letting us do our premarital counseling session via Skype since we were from out of town. She was very patient with all our questions and ideas. When it came to our emails, she always responded in a timely manner. She even agreed to marry us on a Saturday before sunset at our request.

Thank you, Rabbi Annie, for all your support and helping us start of our married, spiritual journey off on such a joyous note!
Rabbi Annie’s eloquence, poise, insightfulness, and of course BEAUTIFUL voice, helped make our interfaith ceremony Read more...
Rabbi Annie’s eloquence, poise, insightfulness, and of course BEAUTIFUL voice, helped make our interfaith ceremony incredibly meaningful and memorable. She and our Catholic co-officiant collaborated warmly & seamlessly, in spite of this being their first time working together. The day of the wedding, Rabbi Annie went out of her way to make sure all parties and parents were comfortable and excited about the ceremony. My mother in particular, who was nervous throughout this process, called the ceremony the most beautiful, ideal interfaith wedding ceremony she could imagine.

In the months leading up to the wedding, Rabbi Annie was very accommodating, letting us do our premarital counseling session via Skype since we were from out of town. She was very patient with all our questions and ideas. When it came to our emails, she always responded in a timely manner. She even agreed to marry us on a Saturday before sunset at our request.

Thank you, Rabbi Annie, for all your support and helping us start of our married, spiritual journey off on such a joyous note! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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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