Sanctifying Intimate Relationships

Intimate relationships bring two people together in a unique emotional and physical connection. This is something to celebrate, whether through the public festivity of a wedding, or in the private reflection of immersion in the mikveh. Sanctifying our intimate relationships elevates these unions and gives them a context of meaning and joy.


By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman and Rabbi Renee Bauer
A new tena'im (engagement) document for same-gender and mixed-gender couples   more

Tags: LGBTIQ, tenaim

Nissuin (Nuptials)

By Rabbi Rona Shapiro
The text of the sheva brakhot in Hebrew and translation, an explantion, feminist considerations, two alternative same-sex texts, and an additional prayer for heterosexual couples to add for same-sex partners whose love is not yet sanctified and recognized in the same way   more

A Lesbian Havdalah Wedding

By Judy & Chris
This beautiful Covenant of Love ceremony begins with havdalah and is filled with personal expressions of love and well-chosen readings. This ceremony is both a good example of how a lesbian couple reckoned with tradition and also how to make a ceremony extremely personal.   more
Complete Ceremony