About Rabbi David Degani and Cantor Lee Degani
We pledge to be there for you with total support when it comes to crafting a wedding ceremony as unique as you are. We understand that bridal couples come from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, and strive to honor the specific beliefs and traditions that create a memorable and moving ceremony that precisely reflects their union. This husband and wife Rabbi and Cantor team are experts at combining spirit and harmony in their customized services. We are the spiritual leaders of Congregation Shirat Shalom of West Boca Raton, Florida, which includes a thriving Hebrew school. We are integrally involved in the life events of our congregation members, and offer guidance for occasions such as Mitzvahs, baby naming, memorials, and, of course, weddings.
For Jewish ceremonies it is important to understand that there is no one set of traditions that must be followed. Jewish traditions have developed differently in all parts of the world, including some that are uniquely American. Typical Jewish weddings often include such elements as the Ketuba signing and explanation, the Bedeken, various blessings, covering the couple with a Tallit (prayer shawl), and breaking the glass.
Couples of differing spiritual backgrounds often choose to honor the joining of their traditions and develop ceremonies with elements from both. We believe that a wedding is about the joining of two loving souls as ordained by God, no matter what their belief system is.
We offer extensive information about various wedding traditions on our website, including how to turn some of the challenges of an interfaith wedding to an advantage, some modern variations on Judeo-Christian customs, the Kiddushin (betrothal), and the Ketubah vs. the spiritual commitment declaration.
We are equally adept at performing religious, civil, interfaith, non denominational and spiritual wedding ceremonies. We meet with our couples long before the ceremony so that there is ample time to explore your ideas and incorporate them into the perfect service for the two of you. We are always available to discuss any issues, and offer a free pre marital counseling session if desired.
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