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JEWISH & INTERFAITH WEDDINGS-Rabbi Michael Raab

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples , FL
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Rabbi Michael Raab is a Bilingual, Spanish speaking, Spiritual Rabbi. Rabbi Michael officiates Jewish, Interfaith, Civil and Non-Denominational marriages.Rabbi Michael co-officates with... Read more
Rabbi Michael Raab is a Bilingual, Spanish speaking, Spiritual Rabbi. Rabbi Michael officiates Jewish, Interfaith, Civil and Non-Denominational marriages.Rabbi Michael co-officates with clergyman of all faiths. Rabbi Michael has traveled all over the United States, Mexico, Cancun, Cozumel, Playa de Carmen, Tulum, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic,Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Casa de Campos, Barbados,Honduras,Antigua, Peru, Bimini, Cayman Islands, Saint Marten,Ecuador,Bogota, Cartagena, Caracas, Turks and Caicos,Jamaica,Anguila, South and Central America and the Bahamas to be part of the Bride & Groom's special day.

El Rabino Michael Raab es un rabino bilingue interreligioso que es fluido en Espanol y en Hebreo. El Rabino Michael co-oficia con los sacerdotes y ministros de todas las religiones.

You can E-mail me at rabbimichael13@gmail.com or call me at 239-404-7298

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Hindu, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. Rabbi Michael will officiate anywhere the bride and groom choose to marry.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I allow the brides and groom to decide. From suits to robes.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
All of my ceremonies are personalized for the bride and groom.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes and the couple can use any readings that the may want to be read.
How long are your ceremonies?
20-30 minutes
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I meet with the bride and groom initially and discuss further details with them.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
If needed.
Do you supply a sound system?
If needed.

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Michael Raab is a true gem. He was so warm and genuine from our very first phone conversation. He really took the time to get to know us before our wedding, even though we were a distance apart. At the ceremony, he gave a great service and truly made us both feel so comfortable and able to share our love in front of our guests. There wasn't a dry eye in the room and the Rabbi was a special part of making our ceremony so heartfelt. We cannot thank him enough. If you are considering an interfaith ceremony, rest assured the Rabbi will accomodate and has a complete open mind, something that is rare to find and we much appreciated.
Rabbi Michael Raab is a true gem. He was so warm and genuine from our very first phone conversation. He really took the Read more...
Rabbi Michael Raab is a true gem. He was so warm and genuine from our very first phone conversation. He really took the time to get to know us before our wedding, even though we were a distance apart. At the ceremony, he gave a great service and truly made us both feel so comfortable and able to share our love in front of our guests. There wasn't a dry eye in the room and the Rabbi was a special part of making our ceremony so heartfelt. We cannot thank him enough. If you are considering an interfaith ceremony, rest assured the Rabbi will accomodate and has a complete open mind, something that is rare to find and we much appreciated. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Rabbi Michael was a wonderful experience. We received so many compliments on our personalized wedding ceremony. Additionally, Rabbi Michael was always quick to return our emails and showed a true interest in getting to know my fiance and I before our big day. We would highly recommend him!
Working with Rabbi Michael was a wonderful experience. We received so many compliments on our personalized wedding Read more...
Working with Rabbi Michael was a wonderful experience. We received so many compliments on our personalized wedding ceremony. Additionally, Rabbi Michael was always quick to return our emails and showed a true interest in getting to know my fiance and I before our big day. We would highly recommend him! Read less
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Jerry and Joy
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Michael Raab was wonderful! Our ceremony was quite intimate and perfect! He was calming and attentive and very flexible as far as time and place. He pays attention to the wishes of the couple and his only concern was what was most comfortable for my husband and me. He's extremely accommodating. This is his gift and he blessed us immeasurably. Our ceremony was so touching and personal. We had only met once and spoke by phone a few times,yet it was as if he had known us a long while. We would recommend Rabbi Michael highly and consider it an honor to call him Rabbi!
Rabbi Michael Raab was wonderful! Our ceremony was quite intimate and perfect! He was calming and attentive and very Read more...
Rabbi Michael Raab was wonderful! Our ceremony was quite intimate and perfect! He was calming and attentive and very flexible as far as time and place. He pays attention to the wishes of the couple and his only concern was what was most comfortable for my husband and me. He's extremely accommodating. This is his gift and he blessed us immeasurably. Our ceremony was so touching and personal. We had only met once and spoke by phone a few times,yet it was as if he had known us a long while. We would recommend Rabbi Michael highly and consider it an honor to call him Rabbi! Read less
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Osvaldo
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
El rabino Michael Raab oficializó nuestra boda de manera muy profesional y de acuerdo a nuestras costumbres tradicionales y nuestros deseos de bendición como matrimonio. Extremadamente atento a los detalles, nos ayudó a practicar un día antes con todo lo necesario para poder estar preparados para que todo salga perfecto en nuestro gran día. Si quieres una persona profesional y una boda perfecta, el rabino Michael es la persona perfecta.
El rabino Michael Raab oficializó nuestra boda de manera muy profesional y de acuerdo a nuestras costumbres tradicionales Read more...
El rabino Michael Raab oficializó nuestra boda de manera muy profesional y de acuerdo a nuestras costumbres tradicionales y nuestros deseos de bendición como matrimonio. Extremadamente atento a los detalles, nos ayudó a practicar un día antes con todo lo necesario para poder estar preparados para que todo salga perfecto en nuestro gran día. Si quieres una persona profesional y una boda perfecta, el rabino Michael es la persona perfecta. Read less
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Francisco
Wedding:
8/15/2014
5.0/5.0
El hotel Ritz-Carlton en Naples, Fl., nos recomendo al rabino Michael,quien habla ingles, espanol y hebreo, para oficiar nuestra boda en dos idiomas (espanol e ingles).Durante nuestro primer encuentro por Skype, hablamos por una hora.Fue un encuentro muy agradable. Desde el principio se intereso por cada uno y despues com pareja. y le explicamos que ambos proveniamos de familias cristianas, pero que deseabamos tener una ceremonia no religiosa. El nos aseguro que habia oficiado muchas ceremonias espirituales a lo largo de los anos con lecturas adecuadas para cada occasion, asi como lo que describio como la ceremonia de la arena. Decidimos contratarle y estamos muy contentos de haberlo hecho!!.En los meses cercanos a la boda, el rabino Michael estuvo siempre rapido en responder cualquier pregunta que tuvieramos. Nos envio las lecturas, tradujimos los programas en los dos idiomas y hablamos con el de nuevo por Skype. El tambien acepto hacer un ensayo de la boda el dia antes.En el ensayo se aseguro de que cada uno de nosotros nos sintieramos comodos y de que cada uno supiera que tenia que hacer en la ceremonia. Aunque tuvimos mal tiempo el dia de la boda y no pudimos celebrarla en la playa como estaba prevista, la ceremonia fue muy bonita y espiritual como el rabino Michael nos habia prometido.El rabino Michael dio la bienvenida a todos y condujo cada parte de la ceremonia en ingles y en espanol.Todo el mundo se sintio incluido y todos pudieron seguir la ceremonia con detalle.Las lecturas fueron muy bonitas pero especial atencion merece la explicacion que nos dio sobre el simbolismo de la ceremonia de la arena,las historias personales sobre cada uno de nosotros y el hecho de que nos pregunto tres adjetivos que decribieran cada uno de nosotros por separado. Cuando mi esposa y yo le describimos como nos conocimos, el dijo que nuestra relacion era"bashert" (yidish) (destinado el uno para el otro).Tambien es bashert el haber oficiado nuestra boda.GRACIAS de corazon!
El hotel Ritz-Carlton en Naples, Fl., nos recomendo al rabino Michael,quien habla ingles, espanol y hebreo, para oficiar Read more...
El hotel Ritz-Carlton en Naples, Fl., nos recomendo al rabino Michael,quien habla ingles, espanol y hebreo, para oficiar nuestra boda en dos idiomas (espanol e ingles).Durante nuestro primer encuentro por Skype, hablamos por una hora.Fue un encuentro muy agradable. Desde el principio se intereso por cada uno y despues com pareja. y le explicamos que ambos proveniamos de familias cristianas, pero que deseabamos tener una ceremonia no religiosa. El nos aseguro que habia oficiado muchas ceremonias espirituales a lo largo de los anos con lecturas adecuadas para cada occasion, asi como lo que describio como la ceremonia de la arena. Decidimos contratarle y estamos muy contentos de haberlo hecho!!.En los meses cercanos a la boda, el rabino Michael estuvo siempre rapido en responder cualquier pregunta que tuvieramos. Nos envio las lecturas, tradujimos los programas en los dos idiomas y hablamos con el de nuevo por Skype. El tambien acepto hacer un ensayo de la boda el dia antes.En el ensayo se aseguro de que cada uno de nosotros nos sintieramos comodos y de que cada uno supiera que tenia que hacer en la ceremonia. Aunque tuvimos mal tiempo el dia de la boda y no pudimos celebrarla en la playa como estaba prevista, la ceremonia fue muy bonita y espiritual como el rabino Michael nos habia prometido.El rabino Michael dio la bienvenida a todos y condujo cada parte de la ceremonia en ingles y en espanol.Todo el mundo se sintio incluido y todos pudieron seguir la ceremonia con detalle.Las lecturas fueron muy bonitas pero especial atencion merece la explicacion que nos dio sobre el simbolismo de la ceremonia de la arena,las historias personales sobre cada uno de nosotros y el hecho de que nos pregunto tres adjetivos que decribieran cada uno de nosotros por separado. Cuando mi esposa y yo le describimos como nos conocimos, el dijo que nuestra relacion era"bashert" (yidish) (destinado el uno para el otro).Tambien es bashert el haber oficiado nuestra boda.GRACIAS de corazon! Read less
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Heidi
Wedding:
8/15/2014
5.0/5.0
The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, highly recommended Rabbi Michael, who is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, to officiate at our American-Spanish wedding.
During an introductory Skype meeting, we spoke with Rabbi Michael for nearly an hour. He was warm and friendly from the start and asked many questions to get to know us individually and as a couple. We explained that we were not Jewish, both coming from a Christian background, but that we wanted a non-religious ceremony. He assured us he had done many spiritual ceremonies over the years with beautiful readings and sand ceremonies. We liked Rabbi Michael immediately and decided to hire him. We are so pleased that we did!
In the months leading up to the ceremony, Rabbi Michael was always prompt in responding to any questions we had, sent us the readings, translated wording for our programs, and met with us again over Skype. He also agreed to come to the Ritz to do a rehearsal. At the rehearsal, he made sure everyone felt comfortable and knew exactly what to do.
Although very stormy weather prevented us from having the beach wedding we’d envisioned, the ceremony itself was as beautiful and spiritual as Rabbi Michael had promised it would be. Rabbi Michael welcomed everyone and conducted each part of the ceremony first in English and then in Spanish so that everyone felt included and could follow along easily.
The readings were indeed beautiful but especially meaningful was Rabbi Michael’s explanation of the symbolism of the sand ceremony and the personal stories he told about both of us, which he was able to do, having taken the time to meet with us over Skype and requesting we each write to him separately with three adjectives to describe one another.
When my husband and I first described to Rabbi Michael how we met, he said our relationship was “bashert,” Yiddish for “meant to be.” Also bashert was having Rabbi Michael officiate at our wedding. We are very grateful for that.
The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, highly recommended Rabbi Michael, who is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, to Read more...
The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, highly recommended Rabbi Michael, who is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, to officiate at our American-Spanish wedding.
During an introductory Skype meeting, we spoke with Rabbi Michael for nearly an hour. He was warm and friendly from the start and asked many questions to get to know us individually and as a couple. We explained that we were not Jewish, both coming from a Christian background, but that we wanted a non-religious ceremony. He assured us he had done many spiritual ceremonies over the years with beautiful readings and sand ceremonies. We liked Rabbi Michael immediately and decided to hire him. We are so pleased that we did!
In the months leading up to the ceremony, Rabbi Michael was always prompt in responding to any questions we had, sent us the readings, translated wording for our programs, and met with us again over Skype. He also agreed to come to the Ritz to do a rehearsal. At the rehearsal, he made sure everyone felt comfortable and knew exactly what to do.
Although very stormy weather prevented us from having the beach wedding we’d envisioned, the ceremony itself was as beautiful and spiritual as Rabbi Michael had promised it would be. Rabbi Michael welcomed everyone and conducted each part of the ceremony first in English and then in Spanish so that everyone felt included and could follow along easily.
The readings were indeed beautiful but especially meaningful was Rabbi Michael’s explanation of the symbolism of the sand ceremony and the personal stories he told about both of us, which he was able to do, having taken the time to meet with us over Skype and requesting we each write to him separately with three adjectives to describe one another.
When my husband and I first described to Rabbi Michael how we met, he said our relationship was “bashert,” Yiddish for “meant to be.” Also bashert was having Rabbi Michael officiate at our wedding. We are very grateful for that. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Michael,

Through this note, Dina and I would like to express our gratitude for you religious services and leadership in our wedding. The ceremony was exactly what we where looking for, and we were blessed to have you and Father Cortés co-officiating.

For both D- and I, this ceremony was quite special and moving, as it allowed us the opportunity for introspection and retrospection, in this step we're taking with both of our families.

We thank you immensely for your help and disposition throughout this preparation, especially given the short notice. We will carry your kind words of advice with us in our new life as a couple.

Sincerely,
D- and M-
Rabbi Michael,

Through this note, Dina and I would like to express our gratitude for you religious services and Read more...
Rabbi Michael,

Through this note, Dina and I would like to express our gratitude for you religious services and leadership in our wedding. The ceremony was exactly what we where looking for, and we were blessed to have you and Father Cortés co-officiating.

For both D- and I, this ceremony was quite special and moving, as it allowed us the opportunity for introspection and retrospection, in this step we're taking with both of our families.

We thank you immensely for your help and disposition throughout this preparation, especially given the short notice. We will carry your kind words of advice with us in our new life as a couple.

Sincerely,
D- and M- Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Michael is amazing! My wife and I got married in May 2014 in Cabo San Lucas and although Rabbi Michael did not officiate our wedding we met with him over several weeks a few months prior to our wedding and he is the best.

I am a practicing Catholic and my wife has a strong Jewish heritage. He helped us openly discuss our families potential pressure or perception of what our wedding should look like. We also discussed the history of each of our faiths, the raising of children, and he helped us come to our own conclusions of how we wanted to deal with these subjects.

Rabbi Michael genuinely wanted to get to know my wife and myself and I’m sure we’ll remain in contact with him over the years.

He was a true gift to our relationship…God bless.

Brian & Alicia
Rabbi Michael is amazing! My wife and I got married in May 2014 in Cabo San Lucas and although Rabbi Michael did not Read more...
Rabbi Michael is amazing! My wife and I got married in May 2014 in Cabo San Lucas and although Rabbi Michael did not officiate our wedding we met with him over several weeks a few months prior to our wedding and he is the best.

I am a practicing Catholic and my wife has a strong Jewish heritage. He helped us openly discuss our families potential pressure or perception of what our wedding should look like. We also discussed the history of each of our faiths, the raising of children, and he helped us come to our own conclusions of how we wanted to deal with these subjects.

Rabbi Michael genuinely wanted to get to know my wife and myself and I’m sure we’ll remain in contact with him over the years.

He was a true gift to our relationship…God bless.

Brian & Alicia Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I will never be able to say enough good things about Rabbi Michael. He was first suggested to us from the Ritz-Carlton Naples as one of their preferred vendors. When we first contacted Rabbi Michael, he was immediately kind and willing to help officiate our wedding at the Ritz. My husband and I immediately knew he would be right person for the job!

in addition to my wedding, I was looking for some help converting to Judaism to share my husband’s faith and was thrilled to know that Rabbi Michael would also be able to help with this before the wedding!
After several months of dedicated lessons and skype calls, I was speaking Hebrew and had learned so much about Jewish history and faith-it was amazing!

The passion with which Rabbi Michael gave our ceremony was out of this world. Not only was it the most beautiful Jewish wedding you could have ever imagined, but my Catholic family members were just as ecstatic and comfortable as anyone! The ceremony was very personal since he had taken the time to get to know us for over a year before our wedding, and it touched everyone. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Whether he was asking about our wedding or asking about our favorite sports team (Go Heat!), Rabbi Michael was constantly involved and kind along the way. My husband and I knew that Rabbi Michael was not just our wedding officiate, but he had become our good friend and someone we wanted to keep in our lives forever.

I can truly say we have found our Rabbi for life and our wedding would have never been the same without him. We are so thankful for his presence. HIGHLY recommended!
I will never be able to say enough good things about Rabbi Michael. He was first suggested to us from the Ritz-Carlton Read more...
I will never be able to say enough good things about Rabbi Michael. He was first suggested to us from the Ritz-Carlton Naples as one of their preferred vendors. When we first contacted Rabbi Michael, he was immediately kind and willing to help officiate our wedding at the Ritz. My husband and I immediately knew he would be right person for the job!

in addition to my wedding, I was looking for some help converting to Judaism to share my husband’s faith and was thrilled to know that Rabbi Michael would also be able to help with this before the wedding!
After several months of dedicated lessons and skype calls, I was speaking Hebrew and had learned so much about Jewish history and faith-it was amazing!

The passion with which Rabbi Michael gave our ceremony was out of this world. Not only was it the most beautiful Jewish wedding you could have ever imagined, but my Catholic family members were just as ecstatic and comfortable as anyone! The ceremony was very personal since he had taken the time to get to know us for over a year before our wedding, and it touched everyone. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Whether he was asking about our wedding or asking about our favorite sports team (Go Heat!), Rabbi Michael was constantly involved and kind along the way. My husband and I knew that Rabbi Michael was not just our wedding officiate, but he had become our good friend and someone we wanted to keep in our lives forever.

I can truly say we have found our Rabbi for life and our wedding would have never been the same without him. We are so thankful for his presence. HIGHLY recommended! Read less
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Benjamin
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Michael married us in Tulum, Mexico on May 3, 2014.

He did a wonderful job of making our guests who came from different religions, cultures and spoke different languages feel welcome and involved.

When it started to rain shortly after the ceremony began he was able to quickly move the ceremony inside without missing a beat. He also did an excellent job of working with the Mexican Justice of the Peace who married us under Mexican law.

All in all, we were very happy with Rabbi Michael's flexibility and desire to ensure our wedding ceremony was as inclusive as possible. He did an excellent job of making a Jewish ceremony accessible to all with his explanations, while at the same time helping make it spiritual and meaningful spirituality.

We'd very much recommend he officiate your ceremony.

Ben and Pam


Rabbi Michael nos casó en Tulum, México el 3 de mayo 2014.

Les hizo sentir bienvenidos todos nuestros invitados de religiones y culturas distintas y quienes hablan idiomas diferentes.

Cuando empezó a llover un poco después de que comenzó la ceremonia, él nos apoyó de mover la ceremonia adentro rápidamente. También colaboró con la juez quien nos casó.

En fin, estuvimos muy felices con la flexibilidad de Rabino Michael y su compromiso de asegurar que nuestra boda fue la más inclusiva posible. Hizo un gran trabajo llevando a cabo la ceremonia judía de manera accesible para todos en un entorno de espiritualidad.

Le recomendaríamos mucho el Rabino Michael.

Ben y Pam
Rabbi Michael married us in Tulum, Mexico on May 3, 2014.

He did a wonderful job of making our guests who came Read more...
Rabbi Michael married us in Tulum, Mexico on May 3, 2014.

He did a wonderful job of making our guests who came from different religions, cultures and spoke different languages feel welcome and involved.

When it started to rain shortly after the ceremony began he was able to quickly move the ceremony inside without missing a beat. He also did an excellent job of working with the Mexican Justice of the Peace who married us under Mexican law.

All in all, we were very happy with Rabbi Michael's flexibility and desire to ensure our wedding ceremony was as inclusive as possible. He did an excellent job of making a Jewish ceremony accessible to all with his explanations, while at the same time helping make it spiritual and meaningful spirituality.

We'd very much recommend he officiate your ceremony.

Ben and Pam


Rabbi Michael nos casó en Tulum, México el 3 de mayo 2014.

Les hizo sentir bienvenidos todos nuestros invitados de religiones y culturas distintas y quienes hablan idiomas diferentes.

Cuando empezó a llover un poco después de que comenzó la ceremonia, él nos apoyó de mover la ceremonia adentro rápidamente. También colaboró con la juez quien nos casó.

En fin, estuvimos muy felices con la flexibilidad de Rabino Michael y su compromiso de asegurar que nuestra boda fue la más inclusiva posible. Hizo un gran trabajo llevando a cabo la ceremonia judía de manera accesible para todos en un entorno de espiritualidad.

Le recomendaríamos mucho el Rabino Michael.

Ben y Pam Read less
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