Conditions of Officiating for Rabbis
on the List
Most rabbis require a pre-marital conference
and encourage a program of Jewish study and a commitment to Judaism. For
most rabbis, a commitment to establish a Jewish home means that the home will
not contain religious symbols of another faith. The following is a list of
the conditions about which we receive the most questions:
Fifty-nine percent of the rabbis on the list
require a commitment to establish a Jewish home and/or raise children as Jews.
Fifty-five percent require the Jewish ceremony to be the only ceremony.
Seventy-eight percent do not list any travel restrictions. Fifty-seven percent
require two or more hours of premarital counseling.
One hundred thirty-nine rabbis (47%) require the
rabbi to be the only officiant with no participation by non-Jewish clergy and 130
participate in a ceremony with non-Jewish clergy. While most rabbis on the
list officiate after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday or holidays, twenty-seven rabbis (9%)
officiate on Shabbat or Yom Tov during the day. Thirty-eight rabbis (13%)
officiate in a church or chapel where Christian symbols are visible.
For a more detailed summary, go to the most
recent survey on Rabbinic Participation in Intermarriage