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Clergy Officiation Policy

It is the policy at B’nai Israel that if a member wedding is to take place in the Dweck Sanctuary, both a B’nai Israel rabbi and a B’nai Israel cantor must officiate; if a member wedding is to take place in either of the B’nai Israel chapels or garden, either a B’nai Israel rabbi or cantor must officiate.

 
Non-B’nai Israel Clergy Officiating at B’nai Israel Life Cycle Events
B’nai Israel Congregation permits outside clergy to officiate at life cycle events being held at B’nai Israel and will gladly extend this courtesy, subject to communication with our Senior Rabbi prior to the ceremony and under the following conditions:

B’nai Israel Congregation permits outside clergy to officiate at life cycle events being held at B’nai Israel and will gladly extend this courtesy, subject to communication with our Senior Rabbi prior to the ceremony and under the following conditions:

  • The rabbi or hazzan must be a member of a recognized national rabbinical or cantorial organization affiliated with the Conservative, Orthodox,  Reconstructionist or Reform movements.
  • If the rabbi or hazzan is not a member of a national rabbinical or cantorial organization, he or she must be a full time employee of a synagogue that is a member of a national congregational body affiliated with the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist or Reform movements.
  • A retired rabbi or hazzan, or one who is a member of the family celebrating the simha, and who is not professionally active, must be eligible for affiliation with a national organization affiliated with the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist or Reform movements.
  • In every case, the rabbi or hazzan cannot be a person who officiates or co-officiates at intermarriages.
     

The visiting rabbi must contact our senior rabbi, Rabbi Michael Safra.  The visiting hazzan or cantor must contact our cantor, Cantor Josh Perlman.

Wed, April 8 2020 14 Nisan 5780