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The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Ed.

A Hands-On Guide to New & Old Traditions, Ceremonies & Celebrations

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
Foreword by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky
Preface by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell

9 x 9, 288 pp, b/w photos, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-398-9

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Enrich your wedding with your own creative use of Jewish ritual and tradition.
Wedding planning can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of all the details—deciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the reception—can sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about the bigger picture and the significance of this day in their lives: a joyous occasion that should reflect not only your personality, but your values, as well.
Updated and expanded, The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition, brings your complete wedding planning into focus. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer helps you express your individuality and spirituality on your wedding day. Whether your plans are traditional or alternative, whether you are planning your first or second marriage, she provides the tools you need to look at and think about ritual and tradition in new and innovative ways including:
• Insights and reflections from a broad range of couples who have created their own distinctive weddings
• Practical hands-on techniques and ideas for creating many of the ritual objects connected to a Jewish wedding—from designing your own ketubah, to making paper for invitations, to fashioning the chuppah
• How to express your spiritual life and values through your ceremony—now updated with more eco-friendly tips and suggestions
• An up-to-date guide to wedding resources in the Jewish world
Inspiring and useful, The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition, can help you reclaim your wedding day from the whirlwind of details and bring out the honesty and integrity you desire in your wedding experience.

“Empowers marrying couples to decide the style of wedding best for them and their families.... Facilitates what could be a daunting process.... Practical and up-to-date.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“Will be ... appreciated by those who are new to Judaism, those who wish to adapt tradition to personalize their Jewish wedding, or those who want to incorporate elements of the Jewish tradition into an unconventional or interfaith wedding ceremony.... Accessible and engaging.”

Publishers Weekly

“Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer gets it! She sensitively captures all the poetry, magic, and meaning of Jewish marriage rites. At the same time, she guides us through the anxiety and agony of planning a wedding. A book I’ll proudly share with brides and grooms (and in-laws!) for years to come.”

Rabbi Edward Feinstein (Conservative), author, Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life      

“A useful, practical, and inclusive guide for wedding couples focused on what is really important: the spirituality of the Jewish covenant and the miracle of love. Your wedding will be better if you read this book first.”

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler (Reform), author, A Man’s Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father and a Community Leader

“A must-have resource for every kind of Jewish marriage—promotes intimacy, understanding, inclusiveness, and creativity with a thorough grounding in Jewish traditions and practices.”

Rabbi Goldie Milgram (Jewish Renewal), author, Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life

“Courageous in its innovations while at the same time deeply reverent of tradition, this guide leads you through each step in planning a wedding with such spiritual joy that it cannot help but spill over into the ceremony, the celebration, and the marriage itself.”

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer (Reconstructionist), author, Parenting as a Spiritual Journey: Deepening Ordinary & Extraordinary Events into Sacred Occasions

“A wonderful resource for couples and their loved ones. It creates a wedding as an intentional, joyful, inclusive event to be treasured for years to come. It is a true invitation to celebrate with bride and groom, a wonderful mitzvah in Jewish tradition.”

Sandy Falk, MD, coauthor, The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body & Mind during Pregnancy, Birth & the First Three Months

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell is the director of the Pennsylvania Council of the Union for Reform Judaism.

 

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