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4850 Garden Spring Lane, Apt 103
Glen Allen, VA US 23059 (map)

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Rabbi Cantor Annie Bornstein creates a warm and unique ceremony designed just for you. Rabbi Cantor Bornstein officiates at Jewish, interfaith, cross cultural, non sectarian and same sex... Read more
Rabbi Cantor Annie Bornstein creates a warm and unique ceremony designed just for you. Rabbi Cantor Bornstein officiates at Jewish, interfaith, cross cultural, non sectarian and same sex wedding ceremonies as well as baby namings, pet memorials, and special anniversary ceremonies. Rabbi Cantor Bornstein serves Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina as well as destination weddings. Rabbi Cantor Bornstein may be reached at 804-335-4041 or through Jewishheartandsoul.com. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, if appropriate
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Depending on what the couple wants, either my clerical robe or a suit.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, BUT that needs to be discussed by myself, the couple and any other possible co-officiant
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?
No, however I do offer a resource if they wish to insert readings
How long are your ceremonies?
The ceremony can last anywhere from 15 - 30 minutes, depending on how many extra refers or participants are involved. I ry to keep it short but substantive.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, however I do suggest it.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
There is generally a wedding planner and I am usually "plugged in". The rehearsal usually involves arriving a day prior to the wedding, which is an extra expense for the couple.
Do you supply a sound system?
No

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kennis
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Where to begin? We wouldn't want to make you verklempt again, so we'll try to keep it short and not too overflowing with emotion, but it won't be easy. You were great. Just great. Such a huge heart, a sharp mind, and your voice? Holy s*&%^&! Hearing it ring, echoing through the hills, seeing the deer running from the sound, being told of the horses behind us, stiffening their necks with attention at your song and hearing from everyone- but we mean everyone, but we mean, seriously everyone, who told us how amazing the ceremony was and that it was the best ceremony they'd ever been to, you can't imagine what that means to us.

We were told by a judge who performs weddings regularly that this was the best ceremony she'd ever seen. We were told by the photographer who shoots weddings every weekend that this was the best ceremony he'd ever seen. We were told by a mother that this was the best ceremony she'd ever seen- that she'd liked her own daughter's wedding and all, but that this was through the roof. Most importantly of all perhaps, though, we both heard from each other how blessed we feel to have stumbled on you by accident via a google search or two and to have instantly fell in love with you, and to agree without any reservation, that the ceremony very simply just kicked ass.

love, andros and kennis
Where to begin? We wouldn't want to make you verklempt again, so we'll try to keep it short and not too overflowing with Read more...
Where to begin? We wouldn't want to make you verklempt again, so we'll try to keep it short and not too overflowing with emotion, but it won't be easy. You were great. Just great. Such a huge heart, a sharp mind, and your voice? Holy s*&%^&! Hearing it ring, echoing through the hills, seeing the deer running from the sound, being told of the horses behind us, stiffening their necks with attention at your song and hearing from everyone- but we mean everyone, but we mean, seriously everyone, who told us how amazing the ceremony was and that it was the best ceremony they'd ever been to, you can't imagine what that means to us.

We were told by a judge who performs weddings regularly that this was the best ceremony she'd ever seen. We were told by the photographer who shoots weddings every weekend that this was the best ceremony he'd ever seen. We were told by a mother that this was the best ceremony she'd ever seen- that she'd liked her own daughter's wedding and all, but that this was through the roof. Most importantly of all perhaps, though, we both heard from each other how blessed we feel to have stumbled on you by accident via a google search or two and to have instantly fell in love with you, and to agree without any reservation, that the ceremony very simply just kicked ass.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The wedding ceremony was beautiful, meaningful and memorable!
The wedding ceremony was beautiful, meaningful and memorable!
The wedding ceremony was beautiful, meaningful and memorable! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't even put into words the experience Ben and I had with Rabbi Bornstein. She is one of the most amazing people I have met and quickly became one if my favorite people to work with for our wedding. She was extremely flexible and scheduled skype sessions with us to really get to know eachother.

We received so many compliments about our wedding-most about our rabbi and how kind and heartfelt her words were. She is a wonderful person, an incredible rabbi and now-a dear friend.
I can't even put into words the experience Ben and I had with Rabbi Bornstein. She is one of the most amazing people I Read more...
I can't even put into words the experience Ben and I had with Rabbi Bornstein. She is one of the most amazing people I have met and quickly became one if my favorite people to work with for our wedding. She was extremely flexible and scheduled skype sessions with us to really get to know eachother.

We received so many compliments about our wedding-most about our rabbi and how kind and heartfelt her words were. She is a wonderful person, an incredible rabbi and now-a dear friend. Read less
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Sandy
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Rabbi Cantor Annie for our daughter's Bat Mitzvah and couldn't have been happier with her services. Instead of going through the traditional Hebrew School, our daughter skyped several times a month with Rabbi Annie. She worked really well with our daughter and our daughter was able to pick up the Hebrew in a stress free environment and she did beautifully. Scheduling was pretty flexible- it is always hard to match up schedules exactly but we both made it work.

For the service, she arrived on time (even with several mishaps in the morning) and performed a beautiful service. She was patient and kind, she has a lovely singing/chanting voice, and the service came from her heart. We would highly recommend Rabbi Annie to anyone looking for a Rabbi for a wedding or Bat/Bar Mitzvah or any lifecycle event.
We used Rabbi Cantor Annie for our daughter's Bat Mitzvah and couldn't have been happier with her services. Instead of Read more...
We used Rabbi Cantor Annie for our daughter's Bat Mitzvah and couldn't have been happier with her services. Instead of going through the traditional Hebrew School, our daughter skyped several times a month with Rabbi Annie. She worked really well with our daughter and our daughter was able to pick up the Hebrew in a stress free environment and she did beautifully. Scheduling was pretty flexible- it is always hard to match up schedules exactly but we both made it work.

For the service, she arrived on time (even with several mishaps in the morning) and performed a beautiful service. She was patient and kind, she has a lovely singing/chanting voice, and the service came from her heart. We would highly recommend Rabbi Annie to anyone looking for a Rabbi for a wedding or Bat/Bar Mitzvah or any lifecycle event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Great job, moving ceremony, very professional
Great job, moving ceremony, very professional
Great job, moving ceremony, very professional Read less
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William
Wedding:
6/2/2013
5.0/5.0
My son's wedding to his dear bride was one of the greatest days of my life. A huge part of that was the guidance, blessing and leadership given to the ceremony by Rabbi Annie L. Bornstein. She and I co-officiated the ceremony and I found her to be incredibly sensitive to the needs of all involved. She made herself available in the weeks leading up to the blessed day so that we could develop a beautiful order of service that reflected the richness of all families involved. She was a blessing to each and everyone whom she came in contact with. She expressed a respect for our particular tradition while at the same time adding so much to the service reflecting her own tradition. There simply are not words to adequately expression our appreciation to her for making this a day one that will always reside in our memory as incredible and most special!
My son's wedding to his dear bride was one of the greatest days of my life. A huge part of that was the guidance, blessing Read more...
My son's wedding to his dear bride was one of the greatest days of my life. A huge part of that was the guidance, blessing and leadership given to the ceremony by Rabbi Annie L. Bornstein. She and I co-officiated the ceremony and I found her to be incredibly sensitive to the needs of all involved. She made herself available in the weeks leading up to the blessed day so that we could develop a beautiful order of service that reflected the richness of all families involved. She was a blessing to each and everyone whom she came in contact with. She expressed a respect for our particular tradition while at the same time adding so much to the service reflecting her own tradition. There simply are not words to adequately expression our appreciation to her for making this a day one that will always reside in our memory as incredible and most special! Read less
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Cheryl
Wedding:
6/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie is quite simply amazing! Our co-officiated wedding was extremely unique. My husband's father is a Southern Baptist Minister, and he was the other officiant. Rabbi Annie was extraordinarily understanding of the fact that this ceremony was very special to the other officiant. Through this understanding, we had a flawlessly integrated ceremony that celebrated both faiths beautifully. I know that Rabbi Annie will be a part of our lives as we continue to integrate and celebrate Judaism as a part of our interfaith family!
Rabbi Annie is quite simply amazing! Our co-officiated wedding was extremely unique. My husband's father is a Southern Read more...
Rabbi Annie is quite simply amazing! Our co-officiated wedding was extremely unique. My husband's father is a Southern Baptist Minister, and he was the other officiant. Rabbi Annie was extraordinarily understanding of the fact that this ceremony was very special to the other officiant. Through this understanding, we had a flawlessly integrated ceremony that celebrated both faiths beautifully. I know that Rabbi Annie will be a part of our lives as we continue to integrate and celebrate Judaism as a part of our interfaith family! Read less
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Whitney
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so thankful to have found Rabbi Annie. With a Jewish groom and an Episcopalian bride Rabbi Annie struck a perfect balance of Jewish tradition with accessibility for the various denominations in attendance. Both of our families and our friends commented on how wonderful and inclusive the service was. Rabbi Annie spent time getting to know both of us as people and her understanding of what made us tick was clear in the service. She was incredibly flexible throughout the process and met with us as our rather busy schedules allowed. Also to mention, as you talk with Annie it is immediately clear how much she enjoys her work and she is also a wonderful resource for both the actual marriage ceremony, but also the life that comes afterwards. Annie was recommended to us by a friend, and we have every intention of referring any friends looking for a Rabbi to Annie.
We were so thankful to have found Rabbi Annie. With a Jewish groom and an Episcopalian bride Rabbi Annie struck a perfect Read more...
We were so thankful to have found Rabbi Annie. With a Jewish groom and an Episcopalian bride Rabbi Annie struck a perfect balance of Jewish tradition with accessibility for the various denominations in attendance. Both of our families and our friends commented on how wonderful and inclusive the service was. Rabbi Annie spent time getting to know both of us as people and her understanding of what made us tick was clear in the service. She was incredibly flexible throughout the process and met with us as our rather busy schedules allowed. Also to mention, as you talk with Annie it is immediately clear how much she enjoys her work and she is also a wonderful resource for both the actual marriage ceremony, but also the life that comes afterwards. Annie was recommended to us by a friend, and we have every intention of referring any friends looking for a Rabbi to Annie. Read less
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Jesse
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Annie was one of the most genuine and caring individuals I have ever met. She made us feel special and she was genuinely excited for us. Annie made us feel so comfortable that we felt as though she was family. We will continue to use her as our rabbi throughout our lives. We feel so lucky that we were able to find her.
Annie was one of the most genuine and caring individuals I have ever met. She made us feel special and she was genuinely Read more...
Annie was one of the most genuine and caring individuals I have ever met. She made us feel special and she was genuinely excited for us. Annie made us feel so comfortable that we felt as though she was family. We will continue to use her as our rabbi throughout our lives. We feel so lucky that we were able to find her. Read less
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Sharon
Wedding:
11/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Cantor Annie was a dream. She lifted the spirit of the wedding with her words and her voice. Our guests were captivated from the start to the finish of her moving and eloquent service and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We will remember it forever. Thank you Annie!
Cantor Annie was a dream. She lifted the spirit of the wedding with her words and her voice. Our guests were captivated Read more...
Cantor Annie was a dream. She lifted the spirit of the wedding with her words and her voice. Our guests were captivated from the start to the finish of her moving and eloquent service and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We will remember it forever. Thank you Annie! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
11/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Annie absolutely made our wedding. The ceremony was incredibly personal and delivered with passion, thoughtfulness and just the perfect amount of detail. She found every way she could to make the ceremony completely personal so that it was not only incredibly special for my husband and me but brought my guests into the emotion of the moment as well. Annie was funny, poignant and shared words of wisdom that will stay with us throughout our marriage. I know she would bring the same level of care and thought into any wedding ceremony she would officiate. She was also extremely flexible and willing to make the whole process as convenient as possible having meetings over video chat to have personal interactions despite our busy schedules. I can't thank Annie enough for the gift she gave me on my wedding day, it was truly unforgettable. Her presence would be an invaluable addition to any wedding, I cannot recommend her highly enough!!
Annie absolutely made our wedding. The ceremony was incredibly personal and delivered with passion, thoughtfulness and Read more...
Annie absolutely made our wedding. The ceremony was incredibly personal and delivered with passion, thoughtfulness and just the perfect amount of detail. She found every way she could to make the ceremony completely personal so that it was not only incredibly special for my husband and me but brought my guests into the emotion of the moment as well. Annie was funny, poignant and shared words of wisdom that will stay with us throughout our marriage. I know she would bring the same level of care and thought into any wedding ceremony she would officiate. She was also extremely flexible and willing to make the whole process as convenient as possible having meetings over video chat to have personal interactions despite our busy schedules. I can't thank Annie enough for the gift she gave me on my wedding day, it was truly unforgettable. Her presence would be an invaluable addition to any wedding, I cannot recommend her highly enough!! Read less
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Benjamin
Wedding:
7/27/2008
5.0/5.0
From pre-wedding collaboration to the final event, Annie brings a level of warmth and professionalism that ensures a perfect ceremony. This was a second wedding for both of us, with children from both sides holding the chuppa, and it was all beautiful !
From pre-wedding collaboration to the final event, Annie brings a level of warmth and professionalism that ensures a Read more...
From pre-wedding collaboration to the final event, Annie brings a level of warmth and professionalism that ensures a perfect ceremony. This was a second wedding for both of us, with children from both sides holding the chuppa, and it was all beautiful ! Read less
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Dan and Georgia
Wedding:
7/13/2013
4.8/5.0
Rabbi Annie is the best! She made our wedding feel super personal and captured our personality, values, traditions and stories perfectly. It really felt like she's known us for years. I was also really impressed with her flexibility. We're a mixed faith couple and stressed to her the importance of combining our traditions. Both of our [very sensitive] families thought the ceremony was perfect and everyone felt included. Our wedding truly wouldn't have been the same without her!
Rabbi Annie is the best! She made our wedding feel super personal and captured our personality, values, traditions and Read more...
Rabbi Annie is the best! She made our wedding feel super personal and captured our personality, values, traditions and stories perfectly. It really felt like she's known us for years. I was also really impressed with her flexibility. We're a mixed faith couple and stressed to her the importance of combining our traditions. Both of our [very sensitive] families thought the ceremony was perfect and everyone felt included. Our wedding truly wouldn't have been the same without her! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/17/2013
3.4/5.0
Rabbi-Cantor Annie was incredibly kind and friendly. We really liked her personality! We did not give 5 stars because she arrived later than planned for our ceremony, which held up some other parts of the day-of schedule, and because at times, she seemed slightly unorganized and not as prepared as we would like. That said, we still loved our wedding ceremony, and we thank her for her special part in it!
Rabbi-Cantor Annie was incredibly kind and friendly. We really liked her personality! We did not give 5 stars because she Read more...
Rabbi-Cantor Annie was incredibly kind and friendly. We really liked her personality! We did not give 5 stars because she arrived later than planned for our ceremony, which held up some other parts of the day-of schedule, and because at times, she seemed slightly unorganized and not as prepared as we would like. That said, we still loved our wedding ceremony, and we thank her for her special part in it! Read less
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Jewishheartandsoul.com responded with the following comments:

I don't know who wrote this review but I am so sorry that you felt ANY dissatisfaction with my work. There are times when traffic interferes with my plans , even though I generally leave EXTRA hours prior to when I want to arrive. I pride myself on always being prepared and would be grateful to know - privately - in what way you felt that I was unprepared. Having said all of that, once again - I am SO SORRY that you experienced ANY dissatisfaction and hope that it in no way marred the magnificence of your beautiful day. ALl the best always, Rabbi Annie
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Caitlin
Wedding:
5/25/2014
0.0/5.0
Rabbi Annie failed to show up for our wedding day.

We had emailed with her many times before our wedding, had two phone conversations and met in person once. She had said she was busy for the rehearsal, booked at another wedding. Every correspondence I had with her indicated the right location (the only location we had ever discussed), and the final email a few days before our wedding indicated very specific directions including where to park for the ceremony. We had also worked on a script for the pastor and rabbi to share, which had the address, date and time at the top.

We had a co-officiated wedding, so we at least had the pastor to officiate, but, needless to say, planning to have an interfaith wedding and then having one of the officiants not show up on the wedding day was awful. The last thing I did before walking down the aisle was check my phone for emails or calls or messages, but there was nothing. My planner and I both tried getting in touch with Rabbi Annie before the ceremony but were unable to reach her. It was a huge disappointment.
Rabbi Annie failed to show up for our wedding day.

We had emailed with her many times before our wedding, had Read more...
Rabbi Annie failed to show up for our wedding day.

We had emailed with her many times before our wedding, had two phone conversations and met in person once. She had said she was busy for the rehearsal, booked at another wedding. Every correspondence I had with her indicated the right location (the only location we had ever discussed), and the final email a few days before our wedding indicated very specific directions including where to park for the ceremony. We had also worked on a script for the pastor and rabbi to share, which had the address, date and time at the top.

We had a co-officiated wedding, so we at least had the pastor to officiate, but, needless to say, planning to have an interfaith wedding and then having one of the officiants not show up on the wedding day was awful. The last thing I did before walking down the aisle was check my phone for emails or calls or messages, but there was nothing. My planner and I both tried getting in touch with Rabbi Annie before the ceremony but were unable to reach her. It was a huge disappointment. Read less
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