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Secular Jewish Interfaith and Irish (handfasting) Wedding Ceremonies

LGBT Couples Welcome

Weddings should capture the beliefs and personalities of the two people getting married. We work together to craft a ceremony based on who you are as individuals. The "heart and soul" of each wedding is when I share highlights of your love story..

My weddings are 20-30 minutes long (unless requested otherwise). First, we "meet" by Skype to get acquainted, and see if I am the right fit for you. Then, if you wish to proceed, we meet again to go over a dozen ritual ideas to plan the right ceremony for you. 

I have particular expertise in interfaith and cross-cultural ceremonies, where we weave together multiple cultures or religious traditions. I also offer traditional Celtic / Irish hand-fasting ceremonies for couples who wish to celebrate their Irish ancestry. (This is where the old adage "Tying the knot" comes from.)

For more advice on wedding rituals in general, visit my website at www.wanderinghebrew.com and type "wedding" into the search field. I also have posted many reviews from happy couples at the bottom of the bio page.

To get started, please call or email. I can offer you a price based on the location, date and type of ceremony you are looking for.

Congratulations on your happy news!


Thank you again for the amazing wedding ceremony. We received a lot of compliments about how nice, fun and personal it was. You were also the much needed calming presence right before the wedding, which we are very grateful for.

Leo and Sarah (2010-11-15)

Tommy and I are now back from our honeymoon and wanted to say THANK YOU for such a beautiful ceremony. We loved the whole ceremony and were very happy it fit us as a couple. We received many compliments from family and friends about how beautiful and personal the ceremony was. Thank you for taking the time to get to now us and use that in our wedding. We are so pleased with everything :) I am so excited to get our video back and watch it over and over again!

Rachel and Tommy (11/11/2012)

I don't think I ever actually found a chance to thank you for the amazing ceremony on Saturday. We got so many compliments -- many people told us that they had never seen such a personal ceremony. It was perfect and very special to us and we appreciate all your hard work in helping us make it that way. Please feel free to use us as a reference any time you need!

Lauren and Marc (2012-06-03)

Thank you again for our lovely wedding ceremony. It was very meaningful and special for us, and many of our guests gushed over it. You were really helpful all through the process and on the big day. We are immensely grateful. 

Laura and Jeff (2012-06-03)

First, let me thank you for the ceremony. It was perfect. Lots of guests told us how much they liked it and we had a very diverse group -- Jews, atheists, Christians of various denominations! Also, thanks for sending the marriage license so quickly.  Best wishes, Ruth (bride's mother)

Ruth (bride's mother) (2012-04-15)

Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony and your help to start Sean's and my marriage with the thoughts of things that matter. Everyone came to tell us how lovely the ceremony was, and we have you to thank. Love Ann and Sean

Ann and Sean (2012-04-15)

I want to thank you for the wonderful job you did with Becca and Asaf's marriage ceremony. Your presentation was beautiful and you projected a great feeling of joy. Everyone who was there was moved.

Andrew (bride's father) (2012-06-24)

We wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did with our wedding ketubah signing and ceremony. It was so touching and even more wonderful than we could have ever hoped for. You really captured our relationship together and beautifully incorporated our backgrounds. We really cannot thank you enough. Everyone we spoke to said how wonderful it was. You truly have a gift. ? Kim and Ryan

Kim and Ryan (2012-06-24)

Just would like to thank you very much for the great service at our ceremony. Our families and we loved your ceremony speech ? THANK YOU! ? Elena and Howard

Elena and Howard (2012-06-17)

We wanted a wedding ceremony with a traditional feel to it, but one not tied to a particular religious doctrine. Searching online, we saw dozens of officiants whose credentials lacked gravitas. Then we spotted Joysa. Neither of us is Jewish, and we did not want a Jewish ceremony, but Joysa?s rabbinical training signaled that she is a legitimately qualified wedding officiant. That was immediately confirmed for us when we spoke on the phone. We told Joysa that we wanted a ceremony that would include a spiritual element. She provided to us a wonderful base ceremony and suggestions for readings. We selected a reading to be included, made the vows a bit more traditional, and Joysa did the rest. One week after the event, I?m still hearing about the beauty of the ceremony. Joysa arrived early, treated all with respect and genuine warmth, and truly helped establish both the joy and the serious meaning of the wedding ceremony. In a word, she was perfect for us, and we recommend her without reservation. ? Ying and Marty, May 2012

Ying and Marty (2012-05-20)

Thank you so much for conducting what was a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. So many of our guests told us that it was one of the most wonderful ceremonies they had attended and when all is said and done we are very happy that the wedding portion of our wedding was a stand-out as it was the most important piece to us. Sarah and Jacob

Sarah and Jacob (2012-05-26)

We can't thank you enough for crafting and officiating such a wonderful ceremony. It was a pleasure to work with you in the weeks and months before the wedding and your flexibility and endless patience was truly appreciated. Though the reception was a great, fun party, we'll always remember our intimate and personal ceremony. 

The Rosenblooms (2012-05-12)
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Contact Person Joysa Winter
Phone (267) 902-7752
Address Havertown, Ardmore, Wynnewood, Bryn Mawr, PA
Location Philadelphia, western Suburbs; willing to travel for added fee
Fees Contact for free estimate.