The first step in planning the marriage ceremony is a meeting with Rabbi Block, who provides the couple with materials about the various options for planning the ceremony. "My role is to provide the information so people can make informed choices. The goal is for the ceremony to be a reflection of the people involved, regardless of how they plan on raising their children or what religion will dominate in the home."
Taken from a thank you note for a recent wedding:
"Thank you Rabbi Block so much for your participation in our wedding. We have received countless compliments about the ceremony and it is in large part due to your help. We even received a compliment from another interfaith couple that our ceremony was much better than their own. Your sense of humor, warmth and understanding were perceptible to everyone in attendance. I had many doubts that the ceremony would ever happen, since I was having so much troulble finding a Rabbi who would not only conduct the ceremony, but who would also believe in it. Once I met with you I knew we would have a beautiful ceremony. If the ceremony is any indication of the type of future that we will have together, then it will be one of understanding, appreciation and love."
Rabbi Block will also perform commitment ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples.
For couples who have decided to end their marriage, Rabbi Block will perform a liberal Jewish divorce ceremony after the legal divorce is completed. "This is more of a healing ceremony or ritual", Rabbi Block said. "Divorce is inevitably painful, but adults who have experienced love can at least try to cultivate a spirit of respect, and be at peace with one another as they bring their life together to an end."