“We were looking for a combination of traditional Jewish rituals as well as personalized moments for our wedding. Rena gave us very helpful insights as to all our options and helped us navigate through our choices, customizing a Jewish ceremony that was very meaningful to us. She was very open to our ideas and supportive every step of the way. We were able to provide our own English translations for the Seven Blessings, and personalize our vows. It was a joy from start to finish.”
– Kate & Gary
“Rabbi Blumenthal took a leadership role in helping us think deeply about and formulate -- over a period of time -- a personal and meaningful experience. We were initially quite anxious -- but Rena was just stupendous in helping us work through a number of issues related to our wedding. She's smart, funny, learned, sensitive, flexible and emotionally connected. The ultimate ceremony was joyful and moving. We are both so grateful to Rena.”
– Dina & Ellen
“Rena was a pleasure to work with. She was very accommodating to our preferences, and delivered a terrific ceremony on the big day. Her speech during our ceremony was beautiful, and was very personalized. As not-very-religious-Jews who didn't come in with a ton of knowledge beforehand, Rena led us along and helped us achieve the perfect ceremony. Rena really spent her time getting to know us well before the ceremony, so by the time of the big day, her comments really reflected who we were.”
– Cary & Sophie
“Rena was incredibly supportive, wonderful to work with, and a calm and warm presence on our special day. We were interested in a more modern approach and met with Rena a few times prior to the ceremony in person or via skype to get to know each other, discuss our Jewish practices, how we envisioned our wedding, and our approach to marriage. Rena guided us through all the details from the ketubah, to various ceremony possibilities, to our personal vows. She was instrumental in making the day organized, special and joyful. Thank you for being a part of our amazing wedding!”
– Ellie & Zach
"We were so lucky to meet Rena and she was wonderful to work with. She took time to learn about us, and helped us conceptualize and plan the perfect wedding ceremony. Her calm energy and enthusiastic presence were a blessing on our busy wedding day. Thank you so much!"
– Maya & Josh
"We consider ourselves very lucky that Rabbi Rena Blumenthal was ready and willing to officiate at our wedding ceremony. We were determined to hold the event on our 35th anniversary, and that meant some very quick planning after the New York law changed. What a perfect partner we found in Rena — warm, compassionate, so willing to work with us, and with a great sense of humor. She helped make a special day for us even more so, and for that we will always be grateful."
– Lance & Chuck
"Rabbi Blumenthal was the best officiant we could have asked for on our wedding day. She spent months getting to know us, and working with us to tailor the elements of a Jewish wedding to reflect our values and our family histories. Every element of our ceremony was personalized, and she even added a few words about our relationship. Everyone who attended our wedding remarked on how warm and genuine our marriage ceremony was. We would absolutely recommend Rabbi Blumenthal to future couples."
– Nick & Maia
"Rabbi Rena Blumenthal is professional, accommodating, responsive and most importantly, fun to work with. Each time we spoke with Rena, she helped guide us and we came away feeling more comfortable with our plans for the ceremony. She gracefully officiated our wedding with a tender tone and sang with a soft voice that provided our ceremony with a special kind of elegance. We are so grateful and would highly recommend Rena to our friends and family in the future."
– David & Monica
"Rabbi Blumenthal was a wonderful officiant to our wedding. Throughout the planning process she took the time to really get to know us as a couple, making our wedding day that much more special. Rabbi Blumenthal was very warm and professional and gave us the flexibility and modern feel to our ceremony that we were looking for. We are very grateful for all that she did."
– Cory & Becky
"The first thing that struck us about Rena is her warm, passionate and charismatic spirit. We got to know each other through a series of Skype interviews and in-person meetings leading up to the wedding. Our conversations were fun, humorous and confidence inspiring…People were coming up to us after the ceremony telling us how incredible our Rabbi was, and we couldn't have found someone more incredible to share our celebration!"
– Sam & Zoe
"Rena created a beautiful and meaningful ceremony that was perfect for us…Throughout the entire process leading up to our wedding, Rena was incredibly helpful and responsive when we had questions or thoughts. We met in person three times, and she made us both feel comfortable and calm leading up to our big day. We would highly recommend Rena to officiate your wedding."
– Jessica & Jennifer
"Rena was a pleasure to meet and work with. She did such a beautiful job officiating our wedding. It felt light, natural, genuine, and most importantly captured who we are as a couple. We received so many great bits of feedback from our friends and family telling us how great it was. Thank you for your guidance along the way in helping us create a perfect ceremony."
– Hanna & TJ
"It was an absolute pleasure working with Rena and getting to know each other throughout the wedding planning process…Through all of our meetings with Rena, she was extremely helpful, educational, and calming while guiding us through the process. When it came time for the big day, Rena was a huge part in delivering a beautiful ketubah signing and ceremony that helped make everything that much more special. Thank you so much for everything!"
— Shaun and Traci
"We feel so fortunate to have met Rena and to have had her officiate our wedding... Rena was open to our ideas and provided interesting and valuable feedback in helping us build our wedding ceremony. On our actual wedding day, Rena exceeded our high expectations -- she led a beautiful, funny, memorable ceremony. We felt that she truly "got" us both as individuals and as a couple, and she perfectly captured the blend of traditional and whimsical we were hoping for. So many of our family and friends commented on how special and warm our ceremony was because of Rena. Working with Rena as our rabbi was the best choice we made for our wedding. We cannot recommend her highly enough!"
– Amy & Jason