Simcha Services

(Congregation Derech HaShalom)

Your Judaism...

Your Way!

Here's What People Are Saying...

"Rabbi Rudin was our perfect officiant. My husband is Jewish and I'm not, so Rabbi Rudin spent a lot of time working with us to craft our ceremony. Every aspect of the finished product was unique to us and we felt such a personal connection with our day. It can be tricky to make sure both families feel included and welcomed when traditions are so different, but Rabbi Rudin did just that. If you're looking for some help crafting your ceremony and especially if you and your fiancé come from different religious backgrounds, look no further!"

"Rabbi Rudin might be the kindest person I've ever met. Throughout our engagement, we met with her periodically to check in- two of these meetings were with her at her home, where she welcomed us in and made us feel like old friends. My husband Dan is Jewish and we wanted to have a Jewish ceremony, but I was not raised Jewish. She warmly officiated our wedding, and patiently educated my Irish Catholic mother on all the details related to the Ketubah signing and ceremony. Furthermore, during our engagement, my mother was battling leukemia. Rabbi Rudin visited with my parents and checked in about my mom often, always asking about her progress and including them in her prayers. She was always so responsive and supportive, and always made time for us, always making us feel like the most important people, even while juggling her own home and family life. We are so appreciative of everything, and will recommend her to everybody."

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WELCOMING BABIES

Welcome your baby your way!  We blend tradition and innovation to create a welcoming ritual that reflects how you want to welcome your child into the world.   The choice is yours…traditional Torah service, ancient foot washing ritual, poems, prayers and blessings, or creating a piece of communal art.  Let us create the experience of your dreams to welcome the newest member of your family.

WEDDINGS

Few life events are more personal than your wedding! Rabbi Rudin works with you to design a ceremony that is meaningful and memorable, seamlessly weaving together religious, cultural and family traditions to create a ceremony that reflects the uniqueness of your union. Rabbi Rudin is available to travel for destination weddings.

SHABBAT AND HOLIDAYS

Throughout the year our community gathers to celebrate Jewish holidays. With the goal of creating a Judaism that is relevant and meaningful to you the settings for our celebrations vary.  From monthly Shabbat dinners in Rabbi Rudin's home, to a Hanukah Celebration at the Fire Station, to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur in a beautiful historic chapel, to Sukkot on the Farm, each holiday celebration is designed to foster community connection and personal reflection.  

B'Nai Mitzvah

Becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah offers the opportunity for Jewish learning and exploration, the opportunity to honor your child, and the opportunity for family and friends to gather in celebration.  Our goal is to make this important moment in your child's life stress-free, meaningful and rewarding. Together we envision a ceremony that is just right for your family.  Rabbi Rudin designs a program of learning that prepares your child for Bar or Bat Mitzvah and beyond.  Tutoring takes place in your home or via Skype.  The ceremony takes place at the location, on the date and at the time that works for you!   Rabbi Rudin welcomes and encourages students with diverse learning needs