Weddings

The wedding ceremony is a time to share this love and commitment and to bring two different lives together as a couple and as a community. A ceremony which reflects each and every couple’s unique relationship, values and style. Which combines traditions with personal meaning that will be treasured by the couple, family, friends and community. ​

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“We loved having Rabbi Tom officiate our wedding. We don’t live in Chicago, but our wedding was there, so choosing a Rabbi was a bit of a challenge. We needed a Rabbi who could give us the guidance throughout the planning process to start our marriage on the right foot, and someone who would make our ceremony feel personal and meaningful.

“Rabbi Tom came highly recommended to us from a close friend, and from our first call with him, we were sold. He is a perfect balance of traditional and modern. He has a conversational and approachable way of making the Jewish values and traditions we care about so relevant and understandable.

“Throughout the process of planning our wedding, he was incredibly present and generous with his time, and flexible in his leadership, to give us the guidance, homily, songs, and prayers we wanted. Our conversations with Rabbi Tom leading up to the wedding challenged us to help strengthen our relationship and open up to each other in a new way. His guidance and advice has been immeasurable.

“He lead our ceremony with love and personalization. He knew us. He made us, our family and our guests comfortable. And I’ve never thought to compliment a rabbi on a ceremony, but our family and guests came up to us and to Rabbi Tom with the warmest compliments (no, really!)

“If we were getting married again, we would easily choose Rabbi Tom to remarry us. But if you’re only going to get married once, and care about a personal, warm, relevant Jewish guidance leading up to, and during your wedding, we couldn’t recommend Rabbi Tom Samuels any higher.” ~ Jake and Lauren, New York City

“Thank you so much for helping make our wedding day feel so special. We will never forget your guidance and support.” ~ Mike and Laura, Chicago, IL

“​Rabbi Tom, Thank you so much for officiating at our wedding ceremony. We appreciate your willingness to work with us and help us plan a meaningful, sacred ceremony that we will cherish forever.” ~ Katie and Brian, Chicago, IL

“We cannot express how grateful we are for everything you did to make our wedding day perfect. You made everything simple, see, and fun! Meeting with you to discuss everything in advance really calmed our nerves and created more and more excitement as the day arrived. You were exceptional on the big day, and created to much happiness with your energy. Our family and friends raved about you and the way you led our beautiful ceremony. We cannot thank you enough. You will always be in our memories and hearts! Thank you!” ~ ​Lindsey and Aaron, Galesburg, IL

​Please contact Rabbi Tom about making your wedding experience meaningful and sacred, at rabbi@mcjconline.org.

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