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The Irish Rabbi - Mark Newton

Boston , MA
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LOCATION

398 Columbus Avenue, #108
Boston, MA US 02116 (map)

PHONE

617-910-6157

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ABOUT US

My moniker says it all. As an Irish passport-carrying ordained rabbi, I specialize not only in interfaith weddings, but intercultural ones as well. Whether your spiritual mix is Jewish,... Read more
My moniker says it all. As an Irish passport-carrying ordained rabbi, I specialize not only in interfaith weddings, but intercultural ones as well. Whether your spiritual mix is Jewish, Catholic with a dash of Zen, and your family roots are in Poland, Ireland and China, you can trust me to celebrate your union with the widest possible embrace of who you are.

Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1991, I have been celebrating weddings, baby namings and bar/bat mitvah ceremonies for over twenty years. I’m multilingual and I have cultivated a special outreach to the LGBT community.

I travel all over New England, Eastern Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states, and will consider further distances as well. And if you are looking for a rabbi who will co-officiate, I will happily share the honors with your additional choice of clergy.

Although neither born nor raised in the Emereld Isle (my citizenship there is via my great-grandmother!), I am still very much the Irish tenor. My cantorial services are part of my role for you as rabbi.

Weddings are like snowflakes. Yours is one-of-a-kind.

Slán is Beannacht!

Peace and Blessings!

Shalom u-v’erakhah!

Rabbi Mark Newton

www.irishrabbi.com

rabbimarknewton@yahoo.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, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Black robe, neck tallit/stole, modest kippah (yarmulka)
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes
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.
How long are your ceremonies?
Typically about 30 minutes. Sometimes longer, depending on readings, music, and whether the ceremony is co-officiated.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Depends.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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Rachel
Wedding:
10/19/2013
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Rabbi Newton was so helpful and accommodating throughout the whole planning process...and the wedding itself! My husband is not Jewish but he felt very comfortable with our ceremony. Rabbi Newton really paid attention to Scott's needs and comfort zone and gave him several options (for example, he didn't have to wear a yarmulke if he didn't want to, minimal Hebrew on our parts, explanation of each section of the ceremony so our non-Jewish friends and family could understand to name a few points). Also, his singing voice is beautiful! So many of our guests told us how much they loved the ceremony...some even said they wished they could get remarried so they could have Rabbi Newton as the officiant!
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10/13/2013
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Rabbi Newton was great to work with from the first time I emailed him to ask to officiate my wedding up until our goodbye. Everyone commented how beautiful the ceremony was and I could not have asked for a better day. I have recommended him to friends and I would again and again.
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Emily
Wedding:
10/12/2013
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I'm Jewish and my husband is Irish, so an Irish rabbi was perfect for us. We met in person so he could get to know us and talk about the kind of ceremony we wanted. Although Mark is a rabbi, he can make the ceremony as religious, multi-religious, or secular as you want. He told us a lot about the Jewish and Irish wedding traditions so that we could make informed decisions about what we wanted to include in our ceremony. We ended up doing a kiddush ceremony using Irish mead instead of regular wine, for example. My husband and I wrote the ceremony ourselves, based on a template that Mark sent us. He gave us great advice on the order and timing so that everything flowed nicely.

Our ceremony was mostly secular and in English, but included some blessings in Hebrew and Irish Gaelic. It was such a great combination of our backgrounds and made our wedding day really special. Guests loved the ceremony and Mark stayed to talk to anyone who was interested afterwards. After the wedding, people kept telling us how wonderful the ceremony was.

Another nice thing was that Mark is very flexible about where photographers can go. Obviously some venues are stricter than others (ours was pretty relaxed), but Mark was fine with our photographer being up close to the ceremony.

We couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant and we would highly recommend Mark Newton!
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Dave
Wedding:
10/6/2013
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We absolutely cannot say enough about Rabbi Mark Newton and the quality of service he provided for our special day - and in the months leading up to it.
He's warm, funny, engaging, incredibly knowledgeable, and from the first moment we contacted him, to the end of our ceremony, it seemed that all he cared about was putting us at ease and making sure we were completely comfortable with how the ceremony went. A very classy guy who made our wedding work for us.
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Wedding:
10/6/2013
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We absolutely cannot say enough about Rabbi Mark Newton and the quality of service he provided for our special day - and in the months leading up to it.
He's warm, funny, engaging, incredibly knowledgeable, and from the first moment we contacted him, to the end of our ceremony, it seemed that all he cared about was putting us at ease and making sure we were completely comfortable with how the ceremony went. A very classy guy who made our wedding work for us.
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Dolores
Wedding:
8/18/2013
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Rabbi Mark Newtown was a true pleasure to work with on our wedding plans. I found him to be one of the most open, warm and accepting people I have ever met. We met on two occasions in person to prepare and were in frequent email contact. He was always responsive and flexible. The ceremony itself was warm and funny, and at the same time conveyed the importance of the commitment. What a wonderful experience of having him officiate at our ceremony.
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Jonah
Wedding:
6/15/2013
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Rabbi Mark saved our wedding! After two officiants fell through a month before our wedding, we found Rabbi Mark on WeddingWire and were very fortunate that he was available for our date. Once he was onboard, he made us a top priority, speaking to us on the phone, meeting us at our home, and helping to plan every detail of what turned out to a beautiful, emotional, and fun ceremony. We ended up having a fairly traditional Jewish ceremony, but tailored to our needs. Rabbi Mark was very helpful and flexible, not to mention extremely knowledgeable. He has a beautiful singing voice and he speaks a bunch of languages beyond Hebrew. We asked him to include a bit of French to honor some of our guests. We just can't say enough good things about Rabbi Mark, he was so wonderful. If you spend five minutes talking to him, you will know what we mean. The ceremony exceeded all expectations by far and we couldn't be happier. Rabbi Mark is a very large part of what made our wedding so perfect and special.
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Douglas
Wedding:
6/8/2013
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Rabbi Mark Newton was the greatest pleasure to work with. He is knowledgeable, spiritual, and fun. He also has a great personality. My spouse and I were deeply touched by his words and our guests commented on how fine an officiate Rabbi Newton was and how he created such a beautiful ceremony. Some of our non-Jewish friends said that he made them wish they had had a Jewish wedding.

The Rabbi gave us personal attention from the earliest planning stages up to the actual event. The wedding was in Provincetown and the Rabbi is based in Boston while we live near New York City. We were prepared to work out all of the details by phone and email yet he made a trip to New York to meet with us in person two months before the wedding and would not even accept our offer to at least cover his extra expenses. In working out the texts and translations for the ceremony it was clear that Rabbi Newton had given serious study to Jewish marriage and we found that his personal translations of the Hebrew prayers into English were often the most precise and at the same time most poetic.

It was a wonderful experience and we are very proud to call Rabbi Mark our Rabbi.
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David
Wedding:
7/21/2012
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Rabbi Mark was such a pleasure to work with. He officiated my uncle & aunts wedding 17 years ago, then did our wedding in July of 2012 and then my brother's in June of 2013. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great rabbi and now a great friend.
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Sruli
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5/10/2012
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Rabbi Mark Newton has great people skills and a great voice. He helped with our ketubah text (excellent multi-lingual translation skills!), organized singing with some of our friends, and helped the day run smoothly! He is flexible, friendly, and humble. He is also well-equipped to deal with all kinds of weddings and couples.
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B Lew
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9/24/2011
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Rabbi Mark Newton was great! He met with us and got to know us on a personal level and we also had a chat with him a few weeks before the wedding for all of the final details. His ceremony was exactly as he described. We received so many compliments on the service, which is truly a reflection of Rabbi Newton's execution. He conducted the Ketubah signing and ceremony portions of our service very well. Thanks!
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/18/2013
4.8/5.0
Rabi Newton was EXCELLENT! Always emailing back right away if we had any questions. Meet with us, spoke with us on the phone, and showed up to our wedding right on time! I would highly recommend him for anyone's wedding :)
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