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Wedding Officiant Sara Shendelman

Berkeley , CA
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Berkeley, CA 94703 US (map)

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510-644-2956

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Sara Shendelman performs unique, inspired and inclusive weddings all over the country in natural outdoor as well as eclectic indoor settings. Her beautiful voice enriches the ritual she... Read more
Sara Shendelman performs unique, inspired and inclusive weddings all over the country in natural outdoor as well as eclectic indoor settings. Her beautiful voice enriches the ritual she creates for any occasion. She has been honored to provide ongoing spiritual guidance, officiating at milestone events, for couples as they plan their lives together, welcome their babies into the world, and celebrate seasonal and lifecycle events with their families in a compassionate, joyous, literally harmonious and personal atmosphere. 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, Buddhist, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Absolutely - unique, natural, personal sites can be the most meaningful, memorable and romantic.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I usually dress in a long silk or velvet dress and jacket. I always check in with the couple
 about their wedding colors, so I will be in snyc.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Totally - I create a ceremony that expresses your relationship and communicates whats important to you.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Of course. I can provide guidance and support to inspire the couple's loving intentions.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I can suggest readings, if desired. I do not obligate the couple to include any readings or rituals in their special event.
How long are your ceremonies?
Generally about 30 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I have no such requirements. It is necessary to have time with the couple to explore their desires, vision and intentions for their ceremony, relationship and guests' experience. I offer counseling, if the couple wants it.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I am willing to provide personalized services according to the couple's wants.
Do you supply a sound system?
Yes, if needed. I have a good one that works in all settings as it is battery powered.

REVIEWS

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Ashley
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Sara knocked it out of the park for us! She brought with her so much magic on our wedding day that our family and friends almost all participated in our ceremony, because she made everyone feel so comfortable with what was going on. It was perfect. For days after the wedding the talk was all about how special the ceremony had felt to everyone present. Home Run, A+, 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!
Sara knocked it out of the park for us! She brought with her so much magic on our wedding day that our family and friends Read more...
Sara knocked it out of the park for us! She brought with her so much magic on our wedding day that our family and friends almost all participated in our ceremony, because she made everyone feel so comfortable with what was going on. It was perfect. For days after the wedding the talk was all about how special the ceremony had felt to everyone present. Home Run, A+, 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a wedding officiant! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We knew upon our first meeting with Rabbi Sara that is was b'shert. She is everything you would want out of a wedding officiant, and more! She guides a collective experience for everyone in attendance that invites them into the love they are there to witness...this is a unique experience when compared to the more traditional, passive style of wedding ceremony. She made our ceremony a memorable celebration rather than a ritual, while including the traditional aspects of a Jewish ceremony that were important to us. Rabbi Sara radiates love from within, which made everyone comfortable and engaged, and made us feel beyond comfortable proclaiming the story of our love and commitment to each other in front of over 100 people. Rabbi Sara's presence and words drew the guests into the ceremony and made all the joy, spirit, and emotion we were feeling a collective experience that lasted until the last person left.....and weeks beyond. Rabbi Sara was not just our wedding officiant, but is our new friend....we can't praise her enough!
We knew upon our first meeting with Rabbi Sara that is was b'shert. She is everything you would want out of a wedding Read more...
We knew upon our first meeting with Rabbi Sara that is was b'shert. She is everything you would want out of a wedding officiant, and more! She guides a collective experience for everyone in attendance that invites them into the love they are there to witness...this is a unique experience when compared to the more traditional, passive style of wedding ceremony. She made our ceremony a memorable celebration rather than a ritual, while including the traditional aspects of a Jewish ceremony that were important to us. Rabbi Sara radiates love from within, which made everyone comfortable and engaged, and made us feel beyond comfortable proclaiming the story of our love and commitment to each other in front of over 100 people. Rabbi Sara's presence and words drew the guests into the ceremony and made all the joy, spirit, and emotion we were feeling a collective experience that lasted until the last person left.....and weeks beyond. Rabbi Sara was not just our wedding officiant, but is our new friend....we can't praise her enough! Read less
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Macy
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Sara Shendelman is the most sincere, deep, lovely, funny, brilliant, and kind wedding officiant. We met a few others first, in our search for a truthful and personal ceremony.
She officiated our wedding last week end. With only a few days to prepare, she met with us, made many suggestions for the ceremony, accepted our choices, listened to our opinions, and produced the most beautiful off-the -charts moving, meaningful, precious ceremony, completely tailored to our histories and our needs. What a magnificent woman to work with! We will both be ever grateful.
It was a small event but each guest expressed their delight with Rabbi Sara and the wedding ceremony.
Rabbi Sara Shendelman is the most sincere, deep, lovely, funny, brilliant, and kind wedding officiant. We met a few others Read more...
Rabbi Sara Shendelman is the most sincere, deep, lovely, funny, brilliant, and kind wedding officiant. We met a few others first, in our search for a truthful and personal ceremony.
She officiated our wedding last week end. With only a few days to prepare, she met with us, made many suggestions for the ceremony, accepted our choices, listened to our opinions, and produced the most beautiful off-the -charts moving, meaningful, precious ceremony, completely tailored to our histories and our needs. What a magnificent woman to work with! We will both be ever grateful.
It was a small event but each guest expressed their delight with Rabbi Sara and the wedding ceremony. Read less
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Marsha
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
If you have the opportunity to have Rabbi Sara Shendelman as your wedding officiant, expect a ceremony which will be beautiful, moving, honest, and true to everything which you express that you want. She has a profound gift for creating meaningful and special ritual. That which you want will be included. That which you don't want, will not. She is positive, brilliant, lovely, and sincere.
If you have the opportunity to have Rabbi Sara Shendelman as your wedding officiant, expect a ceremony which will be Read more...
If you have the opportunity to have Rabbi Sara Shendelman as your wedding officiant, expect a ceremony which will be beautiful, moving, honest, and true to everything which you express that you want. She has a profound gift for creating meaningful and special ritual. That which you want will be included. That which you don't want, will not. She is positive, brilliant, lovely, and sincere. Read less
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sara
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of Read more...
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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sara
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of Read more...
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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sara
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of Read more...
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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sara
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding.
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of Read more...
Rabbi Sara gave us a ceremony far more beautiful than we imagined. We wanted something non denominational, as neither of us has a particular religious affiliation, and she was truly accommodating to our wishes. She worked with us every step of the way, she was available whenever we needed, and she went far beyond our expectations to ensure that our ceremony was special and lovely. Her professionalism, kindness, wisdom, and loveliness is exceptional. I recommend her to anyone for a fabulous ceremony. Our guests loved the ceremony, and they loved Rabbi Sara.

Also, she is a great photographer! She sent us some gorgeous photos after the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rabi Sara performed a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony for us. She was so professional and thoughtful throughout the entire planning process. She spent the time to get to know us in order to develop a ceremony that was special and tailored to our love story, which is something that the others we interviewed did not take the time to do. On the day of the ceremony she calmed both the bride and grooms nerves before the ceremony and her words and singing really resonated with the wedding party and the guests in the audience. We are so glad that we selected her as our minister.
Rabi Sara performed a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony for us. She was so professional and thoughtful throughout the entire Read more...
Rabi Sara performed a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony for us. She was so professional and thoughtful throughout the entire planning process. She spent the time to get to know us in order to develop a ceremony that was special and tailored to our love story, which is something that the others we interviewed did not take the time to do. On the day of the ceremony she calmed both the bride and grooms nerves before the ceremony and her words and singing really resonated with the wedding party and the guests in the audience. We are so glad that we selected her as our minister. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have been happier with Rabbi Sara as our officiant. Sara blended our two cultures (irish and persian) together perfectly in a secular ceremony with beautiful touches of spiritualism. She absolutely made our ceremony one that we will remember forever. We are still getting compliments about her from our guests! We wholeheartedly recommend Sara for any occasion!
We couldn't have been happier with Rabbi Sara as our officiant. Sara blended our two cultures (irish and persian) together Read more...
We couldn't have been happier with Rabbi Sara as our officiant. Sara blended our two cultures (irish and persian) together perfectly in a secular ceremony with beautiful touches of spiritualism. She absolutely made our ceremony one that we will remember forever. We are still getting compliments about her from our guests! We wholeheartedly recommend Sara for any occasion! Read less
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