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Best Jewish Civil Weddings, Interfaith,Top Sydney Celebrant Nitza Lowenstein

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Jewish Civil Weddings & Jewish Wedding Rituals
 Nitza Lowenstein is a celebrant with Deep sympathy, respect & understanding of
 All Cultures, Religions & nationalities
 Love does not know any religious or cultural boundaries”
Nitza has established an enviable reputation as one of Australia´s best Marriage celebrant for mixed weddings...
 The wedding of a Jewish Bride or Groom
 with
 a partner from a different religion or nationality
  Nitza has successfully performed hundreds of mixed marriages, since 1995.
It is a challenging task combing the different rituals in a meaningful way, without turning the ceremony into a mockery or insulting family members or guests.
Each family has its own expectations to how a wedding should be celebrated and conducted.
 Nitza was the 1st celebrant in Australia to officiate Jewish Civil weddings, interfaith weddings!
She is still the BEST!
When Nitza was appointed as a celebrant, in 1995, the common view was that a civil ceremony is not the "real" thing, it is just a legal necessity, and you cannot really compare it to a Synagogue or Temple wedding.
 Nitza, as a Jewish celebrant, has recognized the importance of the ceremony to the bride, groom and their families and took upon herself the challenge of creating the “real thing” within the civil ceremony.
 She created it by Incorporating ancient customs, values, symbols, rituals & traditions,
a civil ceremony that reflects the Bride and the Groom's ethnic backgrounds, religions & traditions.
 Nitza is proud to offer you, a Jewish civil ceremony that is a proper alternative to a Synagogue wedding.
 By including rituals & customs from your Jewish background, even just one ritual such as “Breaking of the Glass”, the other partner demonstrates respect and full acceptance of his “partner for life”,
including their religious & ethnic background and their extended family.
 It makes your life as a married couple much easier.
Remember that is not about being religious or about God.
 Be proud of your identity, your family and who you are.
 It will be special to include in your "Big Day" the unique customs & rituals that were developed and practiced for centuries, for this very special occasion.
 Nitza’s Jewish style ceremony is very inclusive and she explains the symbolism of the rituals for everyone to understand & appreciate.

Let's talk: 0418453865 nitza.lowenstein@gmail.com
The challenge of creating the right ceremony
For Jewish Style weddings
As an experienced and perceptive celebrant, I have recognized the fact that it is always a dilemma for “mixed” couples when it comes to the wedding ceremony.
 Interfaith or mixed religions couples, if one is Jewish, often ask:
 Should we have a simple & neutral secular ceremony,
just the necessary legalities,
without any acknowledgement of our heritage"?
 How do we do it, if we want to reflect who we are?
 How many symbols and rituals should we include?
 What sort of balance should we have?
 How do we combine the two cultures?
 My continuous challenge
 To create the ceremony, for each couple that will combine and  reflect the cultures, religions & traditions of both, the bride and  groom, in a meaningful way.
 A ceremony that will express respect, acceptance and tolerance of each other
 I listen carefully to find out what are the specific ideas and needs of each couple
 Some couples want very little rituals and some, the lot!
 Attendance of a priest
some couples would like their family priest to attend as well.
I had a few weddings between Jews and Catholics, where the priest participated with me in the ceremony.
In these cases, it was my responsibility is to ensure that the way that it was done was acceptable for the Jewish family.

Why should you consider me
to officiate your interfaith/multicultural, Jewish wedding?
My background, education, experience, knowledge, enables me to provide you with a personal and meaningful civil ceremony, which can include all of the traditions & rituals of many religions/cultures & a Jewish marriage ceremony.
Being a Jewish celebrant & speaking Hebrew fluently
Makes all the difference...
 In Australia, if one the partner is not Jewish, you cannot get married in a synagogue!
No Rabbi, reform conservative or orthodox will officiate a “mixed” wedding.
In order to get married in the synagogue or in the reform Temple, the non-Jewish partner must convert into Judaism.
I can assist you with a civil ceremony, with a Jewish flavour.
You can decide “How much” flavour (Jewish rituals….)
 My best recommendation is the thousands of people who attended my ceremonies since 1995
 I can also assure you that your ceremony will be very different to the one that I had officiated for your friend.
There are no two ceremonies alike and each wedding has its own unique dynamics.
 The secret success of my ceremonies
 The ceremony must also be inclusive in a way that everyone attending, regardless of their background, knowledge or religion will understand what's going on, will feel part of it and will be able to relate to it.
So I explain all the customs & rituals that we include, as part of the ceremony.
Everyone is included.
It gives the families so much comfort and joy, to have in the ceremony, their own familiar rituals and the acknowledgement of who they are.
 As mentioned before, you can have as many rituals as you want or as little as you want...
 It is very personal and varies from couple to couple.
 It is not a religious ceremony!
It is a civil wedding with a Jewish flavour & style.
 But  I believe it lets the other partner, celebrates his/her “Big day”, with  his or her own beautiful tradition, passed down, from centuries past, in the most meaningful way!
 The wedding guests can relate to the rituals as well.
They love and understand the symbolism of it all, as well!
Use Nitza's Chuppah
(Huppah), The Marriage canopy,
for your Civil Jewish wedding, Free of Charge
You are most welcome to use my Chuppah,
 It is simple & beautiful and can be used anywhere you like.
 As you can see, my Chuppah is portable & easy to hold.
Have a look at photos below!
Please Note: The white Chuppah is available now, not the red...
You can also hire a free-standing Chuppah from different suppliers. For options, look at “Wedding Directory” link on my website.
Customs and rituals and photos of a Jewish Wedding Ceremony:
The Procession, Circling, Chuppah & Kippah
The Procession (Coming down the aisle)
According to the Jewish custom, the bride and groom are escorted to the Chuppah by their parents.
In Chassidic and other communities, the groom is escorted by his father and father-in-law (with his father to his right),
and the bride is escorted by her mother and mother-in-law (with her mother on her right.)  
It symbolizes that the two families are joining together, rather than the feudal custom of
“giving the bride from one man to another”.
The parents stand under the Chuppah during the ceremony, to emphasize this coming together of the families and being part of the couple’s new life.
The bride Circles the groom seven times:
When the bride arrives at the Chuppah, (pronounced Hooppa), she circles the groom seven times.
Circling is a great example of a custom with multiple interpretations.
I do explain the different interpretations and symbolism of the circling, during the ceremony.
I have great explanations which I will be delighted to share with you
The “Chuppah” or the marriage canopy
The “Chuppah”, (pronounced “Hoopa”), is a wedding canopy that the bride and groom stand beneath during the ceremony,
to symbolize that the bride and groom are joining together under the same roof.
It is a symbol of the new home and family unit they are establishing together.
It is covered on top as a symbol of security and protection and is open on all sides, so family and friends will always fill welcome.
It has the wonderful elements of a new family unit, in a new home, security, hospitality etc.
I do explain the different meanings of the Chuppah, during the ceremony, as well.
Kippah (a Yamaka or a skull cap)
 The skull cap is a head covering, traditionally worn by men as a sign of reverence for God.
The origin of this tradition
In ancient Rome, servants were required to cover their heads, while free men were not.
Thus, Jews covered their heads to show they were servants of God.
In a civil wedding, one does not have to wear a Kippah!
If you decide to wear a Kippah, it is just a sign of respect.
 
More rituals of Jewish weddings
Bedeken & Veil Ceremony &
The Rings Ceremony
Bedeken & Veil Ceremony

Prior to the start of the marriage ceremony, the groom, the rabbi, (in our case me, the celebrant) the fathers and the whole entourage proceed to the bride
(who is flanked by both mothers)
for the veiling ceremony.
The  groom places the veil over the bride's face and recites the blessing given to Rebecca by her mother & brother before she left for her marriage to Isaac: Achotenu: at hayi le alfei revavah,
"Our sister, be  thou the mother of thou-sands of ten thousand" (Genesis 24:60).
The rabbi, or Jewish celebrant, then the parents, extends their words of hope & prayer.
In some families, it is customary at this time for the bride's father to place his hands over her head and offer her the priestly benediction.
The groom and his party return to their places and the wedding begins.
The custom of “bedeken” recalls the predicament of Jacob,
our forefather, who thought he was marrying Rachel only to discover, after the ceremony, that he had married Leah.
The tradition now is that a Chatan (Groom) & Kallah (Bride) see each other before the ceremony thereby avoiding such confusion.
The veiling of the kallah makes her “hekdesh”, (literally, set apart in holiness) and symbolizes what the Chatan values most in the Kallah.
Beauty may fade with time but the woman's spiritual qualities are something she will never lose.
The  veil, which physically separates Chatan & kallah, also serves to  remind them that they remain distinct individuals even as they unite in marriage.
 
The wedding Rings & the Rings ceremony

 In the presence of the two witnesses, the groom places the ring on the bride’s right hand.
The wedding rings symbolize the commitments the couple have made to each other, and the love that they share.  
They represent bonds complete and eternal.
The ring the groom gives the bride symbolizes the concept that the groom will be protecting and providing for his wife.
It is crucial that the wedding ring be the property of the groom.
This is the most significant part of the ceremony.
It confirms the marriage as legally binding.

In a Jewish wedding ceremony the groom says: “Harey At Mekudeshet Li Betaba-at zo, Ke-dat Moshe Ve-israel”
(This ring is a symbol of your sacredness (or you being special to me) unto me, according to the Law of Moses and Israel”)
In a civil ceremony the groom may say:
“Harey At Mekudeshet Li Betaba-at zo, Kedat Elohim U’bney Adam”
(This ring is a symbol of your sacredness (or you being special to me) unto me, according to the ways of God and humanity)
In our civil ceremony I have written a personal, beautiful & meaningful “Ring Ceremony”:
Written by: Nitza Lowenstein to be given to my bride and groom to use,
Including a beautiful short love poem in Hebrew
Let's talk: 0418453865                  nitza.lowenstein@gmail.com
 
More customs of Jewish weddings:
Wine, Breaking of the Glass, Seven Blessings & Ketubah
Blessing over the Wine
The Ritual of “Drinking wine” is included in every Jewish wedding ceremony!
We include this ritual in our ceremony, but we give it a universal explanation!
For the wedding ceremony, the Kiddush Cup, a silver goblet, is used.
You may choose not to say the blessing in your ceremony!
But you can have the drinking ritual, as in our ceremony the bride will give a drink of wine to the groom as well!
The couple may engrave on a silver Kiddush cup, (a silver goblet), their names and the date of the wedding, to have as something really special they can pass on to their children)
The blessing on the Wine in Hebrew:
“Baruch  Ata…Boreh Peri Hagafen”…
(The blessing on the wine)
We praise You,  Adonai, our Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has created the  fruit of the vine.
 
Breaking of the Glass in a Jewish wedding
The breaking of the glass concludes the wedding ceremony.
This tradition has several interpretations and I include the many explanations, in our ceremony.
Some say, tongue in cheek (as a joke) that this moment symbolizes the last time that the groom gets to “put his foot down”!
After the glass is broken the congregation traditionally calls out:
”Mazal Tov”!   
Congratulations! (Good luck for their married life together)
The Traditional Seven Blessings of a Jewish wedding
"The Sheva Berachot"
 Among  the loveliest of traditional Jewish ceremonies are the Seven Wedding  Blessings, “Sheva Brachot”, which have come down to us from centuries  past and are still very relevant and appropriate to modern day weddings.
The blessings that are the heart of the marriage ceremony are an astonishing mixture of public and private joy.
I do explain the blessings!
We read the blessings in Hebrew one at the time, followed by the English translation.
Being Jewish and fluent in Hebrew, I can beautifully read the blessings in Hebrew, if you decide to include it in your wedding
The traditional Jewish Blessing: (Benediction)
“Ye-varechicha Adonai V’yishmirechah”
“May the Lord bless you and keep you” Etc.,
This blessing by the way is common to Jews and Christians.
I recite it in Hebrew and in English.
I can read it only in English if this is your choice.
Ketubah
The Ketubah is: The Jewish Legal Marriage contract
Written in Aramaic and dating back to biblical times, the Ketubah, is a pre-nuptial marriage contract.
Prior to the ceremony, the groom formally accepts it terms and conditions and agrees to undertake the obligations of a Jewish husband.
He must have two witnesses, who are unrelated to either the bride or the groom.
The signing of the Ketubah is an acknowledgement of marriage not only as an emotional and physical union, but as a legal and moral commitment made to one another.
The Ketubah is read to the couple under the Chuppah, before it is given to the bride.
It was instituted for the purpose of protecting the woman, should she lose her husband.
In our ceremony you may choose to use a symbolic Ketubah, as a Ketubah is only given in a religious Jewish ceremony!
After our ceremony, we sign the legal civil marriage certificate,
Witnessed by two witnesses!
(Anyone over 18 can witness the civil Marriage certificate)
 Don't forget:
Dancing the "Horah" during the reception...
It is an important part of a Jewish wedding...

Let's talk: 0418453865  nitza.lowenstein@gmail.com

The wedding of Margot and Oleh  
Filmed by ABC TV
with Nitza Lowenstein
I Officiated Margot & Oleh's wedding on March 2009.
The wedding was filmed & documented by the ABC TV on Compass
To watch this documentary please click on the Media link, “Faithfully Yours” on this website
Margot and Oleh's wedding was wonderful and very challenging for me as a celebrant.
 They represent multicultural Australia.
Oleh is the son of Ukrainian Christian migrants & Margot is the daughter of South African Jewish migrants.
They were both secular but wanted to include rituals from their own culture in their wedding ceremony, as respect and acknowledgement of their own heritage and family, with acceptance and respect for each other.
Margo's parents, expected to see Margo getting married under a Chuppah, a marriage canopy, just as they did and their ancestors.

The Chuppah in a Jewish ceremony represents the new home and the new family unit that the couple will build and create together.
It is covered on top as security and protection and is open on all sides to symbolize hospitality.
Family and friends will always be welcome in this new home.
But this Chuppah, which symbolizes as I've said, the foundations of Margot and Oleh's new home, was designed, created and built by Oleh, with respect to Margot's heritage.
Margot and Oleh have chosen a beautiful Ukrainian cloth for their Chuppah.
Under this Chuppah they bring together to their union, their two special cultures.
An additional challenge at this wedding was the location and the rain.
It is more difficult, to conduct a meaningful ceremony with style decorum and substance, out of the comfort zone of the church or synagogue.
Fortunately we achieved it, despite of the rain.
Nitza Lowenstein
A Sydney Jewish marriage celebrant
Officiating wedding all over Australia
And
Overseas (Bali, India, Thailand)
Weddings in
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, QLD with Sydney Celebrant Nitza
Jewish style weddings around Australia
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Jewish weddings, Jewish interfaith weddings, with Jewish celebrant
Sydney marriage celebrant
Nitza Lowenstein
Officiating Jewish style wedding in Sydney,
All around Australia
And
Overseas
The wedding of a Jewish partner with an Indian (Hindu) partner
Over the years I have had many mixed couples
Jewish & Indian or Sri-Lankan (Hindu)
I was also invited to Mumbai in India
To officiate a wedding of an Indian Jewish bride
and
An Indian Hindu groom
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The photos below are from Ashwan and Jessica's wedding
Indian Wedding traditions combined with Jewish Marriage traditions, at the beautiful wedding of Jessica & Ashwan, in Curzon Hall
 
With Sydney Celebrant Nitza Lowenstein.
Please Note: The groom arrived on a white horse…
Jewish wedding under a Chuppah &
Hindu wedding under a Hindu marriage canopy…
Funeral Services
 
Nitza Lowenstein Sydney Celebrant
Contact me on 0418453865 or nitza.lowenstein@gmail.com

The Human life cycle is Birth, Marriages and Death.
 As a Civil celebrant I am privileged as well, to participate and conduct funeral services.
I believe that every human being deserves to depart this world in dignity.
 Relatives and friends are also entitled to farewell their loved one, in the most meaningful, loving and appropriate way
 Dealing with death is distressing, upsetting and most difficult for family and friend.
 Whether expected or unexpected, losing someone we know and love is the hardest time of our lives.
 It is important to say goodbye in a meaningful sincere way that it will be uplifting & comforting to the mourners with love and respect.
 Very important part of my funeral service is the personal Eulogy,
to highlight the life of the deceased and say goodbye to him/her in a loving and meaningful way and in fact celebrating the life of the deceased and the impact he/she left on us.
 I work with the family members to create this memorable eulogy for the funeral service.
 As a journalist, I know how to capture the essence and beauty of the life of the deceased and share it with the mourners.
 
I feel that I do something important by conducting appropriate and respectful funeral services, as I smile, laugh and cry with the mourners, knowing that the deceased would have approved and being able to bring comfort to the mourners
 
I will also ask the mourners to share their memories of the deceased with us.
 
The secular funeral service:
 Music
 An introduction and welcome to the family and mourners
 The personal Eulogy
(Highlights of the life journey of the deceased, written by myself with the information given to me by the family.
 Tributes, memories, stories & anecdotes shared by family & friends
 Slideshow or video of their life
 Final Goodbye to their coffin or ashes
 A moment silent
 The conclusion of the funeral ceremony
I have worked with many funeral directors & funeral services around SydneyPlease don't hesitate to contact me: 0418453865
 nitza.lowenstein@gmail.com

Secular Civil Jewish Funeral Services
 
With Jewish Sydney Celebrant
Nitza Lowenstein
The Human life cycle is Birth, Marriages and Death.
 As a Civil celebrant I am privileged as well, to participate and conduct funeral services.
I believe that every human being deserves to depart this world in dignity.
 Relatives and friends are also entitled to farewell their loved one,
 In the most meaningful and appropriate way
 I am available to conduct the funeral ceremony in according to the Jewish tradition.
 I will officiate and conduct the funeral service write & deliver a special eulogy and will include as many Jewish customs & rituals as the family wishes. I can include in the civil, Jewish, secular funeral service:
 The Jewish secular funeral service:
 Music if requested
 An introduction and welcome to the family and mourners
 The personal Eulogy
(Highlights of the life journey of the deceased, written by myself with the information given to me by the family.
 Tributes, memories, stories & anecdotes shared by family & friends
 Slideshow or video of their life
 Final Goodbye to their coffin or ashes
 A moment silent
 The conclusion of the funeral ceremony
The following Jewish prayers and readings will be included as well
if requested.
Passages from the Zohar, the book of the Kabbalah, the mystical Jewish tradition, Psalm 23 (Tehilim Chapter 23) The Lord is my shepherd,
 
The very special memorial prayers, El Maleh Rahamim (O Lord who art full of compassion),
 
The traditional mourner’s Kaddish and more.
 All the prayers are recited, in fluent Hebrew and in English.
 Very important part of my funeral service is the personal Eulogy,
to highlight the life of the deceased and say goodbye to him/her in a loving and meaningful way.
 
With my background as a radio broadcaster and public speaker, the funeral ceremony will be delivered with professionalism & respect,
as well as great care and warmth.
 
I have worked with many funeral directors & funeral services around Sydney
 Sometimes, I get referrals from Sydney Chevra Kadisha



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