NOTE: I don’t do a ceremony that looks just like a synagogue ceremony, but not in a synagogue. If you want a synagogue ceremony, do that. If you want to work on creating something special, unique to your family and to what “coming of age” might mean to your family, I’m glad to help.
SECOND NOTE: You don’t need to know what the “outside-the-box” ceremony looks like. That’s my job. I help you to figure that out. All you need to tell me is that you are interested. We talk and take it from there.
I applaud you in thinking about doing this differently.
We had the honor and privilege of having Rabbi Brian preside over our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah this past May. Our Rabbi was taken ill and without any hesitation, Rabbi Brian jumped at the chance to help us. He met with our daughter, Rachel, through various methods including teaching himself to use Snapchat so he could talk with her in a way that worked for her. He checked in on her, made sure she was practicing in a playful yet supportive way, and helped her write her speech which was one of her biggest struggles. He also supported my husband and I – I knew I could always call to ask questions, to go through the service one more time, and even to ask him to speak with our lay leaders at the Temple to hash out the final details. The congregation had nothing but great things to say about how he led the service – from his talk about “love” to his moving words as we passed down the Torah from generation to generation. Thank you Rabbi for having our special day be even more special.
S. Mullin – Colorado Springs, CO