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Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein

Creative, Personal,Traditional/Reform, Interfaith, Same Sex, and Non-religious Wedding Ceremonies
Philadelphia, PA 19019
Bethesda, MD 20817
804-335-4041
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4.9
68 Reviews

“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, a single brighter light goes from their united being.” - Baal Shem Tov

It would be my privilege to work with you on creating  a warm, unique and inclusive ceremony that reflects your values and love. 

I officiate at Jewish, Interfaith, and Same Sex Marriages as well as Baby Namings, Pet Memorials, and special Anniversary Celebrations.

Each couple is unique. As we get to know one another, we together create a ceremony that is reflective of you, your vision and your beliefs. Each and every ceremony is a bit different but all are warm and inclusive.

When appropriate, I am happy to co-officiate with clergy of other faiths.

It is my pleasure to serve Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and areas of PA and Southern NJ.  

Again, it would be my privilege to guide you as you begin the exciting journey towards your wedding.

I am happy to perform wedding services for:

Jewish couples

 

 Interfaith couples

 

Same-sex couples

 

I happily co-officiate with clergy of other faiths in a neutral venue.

 

I look forward to hearing from you! I may be reached at 804-335-4041 or through Jewishheartandsoul.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Elana
8/5/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My husband and I loved Rabbi Annie! We wanted a reform Jewish, interfaith wedding on Saturday before sun down, and she had no problem with that. We had just moved to Bethesda, so did not have an officiant from a congregation that we could look to. We wanted a strong, socially-liberal officiant to match our values. Rabbi Annie meets at least 4 times with each couple to do marriage counseling, get to know us, and thoroughly plan the ceremony. We met 5 times, and she was great about scheduling in the evenings to accommodate our busy schedules. She is funny, warm, opinionated, and puts her whole heart into her work. Her chanting was beautiful and the parts of the ceremony that she wrote specifically for my groom and I were very personal and clearly the product of careful listening and getting to know us as a couple. We got many, many comments back from guests that our officiant was a perfect fit, funny, and chose incredibly meaningful words for us. Her ceremony was perfect and the highlight of our wedding! If you compare to an officiant from a congregation, she is somewhat pricey, so we had some initial sticker shock, but we felt that her effort and personalization were well worth the cost in the end--especially considering all the time she spent meeting with us. We're thrilled with our choice and would absolutely recommend her!
Neal
7/2/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Annie was fantastic. From the first time we met she was totally engaged. The meeting lasted over an hour where we shared our lives, interests and love for each other. Rabbi Annie continued to take notes and was really interested in our story. She was engaged at every step, not overbearing, but truly wanting this to our best day ever. I have a continued sense of humor and she jumped right in which made the whole experience perfect. It fit our personality and joy for life. The ceremony was outside on July 2 and was hotter than ####. Yes, we had beads of sweat dripping, yes, we were drinking water and YES, Rabbi Annie was terrific and didn't miss a beat. She expressed what she had learned about us, making so personal, we thought we knew for years. It was true, comfortable, and joyful as she played back what our feelings were. She knew me and there was a sense of personal feedback when, with a smile on her face and joy in her voice, she stated the word "binding" which made me smile because she "got" us. Rabbi Annie is a person want to get to know after the wedding, when all is said, the vows exchanged, and your living as husband and wife. She brings the true spirit of life. Our thanks to Rabbi Annie, for being the person you are, getting know us and join us in marriage. Thank you, Carole and Neal
Carey
7/2/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Annie was amazing! She helped make our wedding day so incredibly special and conducted our ceremony exactly how we wanted. We would absolutely recommend her to anyone!
Carole
7/2/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Thank you Rabbi Annie for helping to make our wedding so memorable! We consider you a new friend. Everyone who reads this should know that Rabbi Annie is fun and easy to work with. She made sure that our questions were answered and she had many good suggestions to make our day unique. Rabbi Annie guided us in the selection of a Ketubah that will become a beautiful work of art in our home for years to come. She sent us suggested readings that brought us to tears. Thank you Rabbi Annie for adding so many beautiful memories to our day! Carole & Neal
Suzanne
5/26/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Annie was wonderful throughout the entire process. Her pre-marital counseling was excellent, and she made planning the ceremony - even with our custom elements - very easy. All our guests told us how beautiful the ceremony was. We are so glad we worked with Rabbi Annie!
Debra
5/25/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Finding Rabbi Cantor Annie Bornstein to officiate our wedding ceremony was truly a blessing. We could not believe our good fortune. I'm not exaggerating when I say we adored her from our first FaceTime meeting. Annie is so incredibly warm, caring, hip, and vibrant, we both felt comfortable immediately and we were so excited that she was going to marry us. Annie worked really hard to customize a ceremony that would resonate for us. My new husband and I have never been particularly religious, however since we are both Jewish, we thought it made sense to have a rabbi marry us. I worried that a rabbi might be offended by our not wanting a lot of the religious aspects of a Jewish wedding, but Annie was more than happy to accommodate us and she really wanted to do a ceremony that felt comfortable for us. I really like many of the Jewish wedding traditions and symbolisms, and I expressed that to Annie the first time we spoke and she definitely heard me. She never pushed her own agenda; it was all about what my then, fiancé, and I wanted. We did connect effortlessly with Annie. She was very easy to talk to, in fact, we ended up doing the pre-marital sessions she offered as part of her officiant package. Initially, we had no intention of doing them, but it was such a pleasure talking to Annie--we totally changed our minds. Our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. Annie learned so much about us during our 3-4 FaceTime sessions, that when she officiated our wedding, and spoke to us and about us, it felt like she had known us forever. Rabbi Annie Bornstein was my 2nd best online find ever!!! My husband was my first. :) True BESHERT??
Laura
5/20/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Annie is wonderful. We spoke to several Rabbis and my son chose Rabbi Annie for his bar mitzvah. She tutored him for 8 months and provided encouragement and support. She worked with us to put together a service that we thoroughy enjoyed and held a lot of meaning. At the service, her presence and lovely voice received many accolades from our friends and family. Overall, we enjoyed working with Rabbi Annie and highly recommend her. We will miss her!
Jodi
4/29/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My son just had his Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Annie, and she was wonderful. She is such a warm and caring teacher. She worked with my son for about a year, and he was very well prepared on the day of his Bar Mitzvah. He read from the Torah beautifully and led many prayers. Rabbi Annie taught him how to chant, helped him prepare his speech, and custom designed a service to fit our family’s tastes On the day of the Bar Mitzvah, Rabbi Annie performed a heartfelt, touching and beautiful service (helped by the fact that she has a gorgeous voice). When the Bar Mitzvah was over, my son was sad that he wouldn’t be seeing Rabbi Annie for lessons any more. Luckily for us, my younger son will be preparing for his Bar Mitzvah soon, and we will get to see Rabbi Annie again!
Marilyn
4/1/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We could not have been more happy with Rabbi Annie. We were not an easy couple, and Rabbi Annie went out of her way to do everything we asked of her, always with a smile on her face. We had a difficult family situation and Rabbi Annie not only worked with us, but helped us navigate our way through everything. The day of, Rabbi Annie arrived on time and delivered a beautiful ceremony that so many of our guests complimented on. In addition, the day of, my husband and I forgot several items Rabbi Annie had asked us to bring and bring, and she was so callm and helped us figure out what to do and how to gather what we could and make do otherwise. We had such a positive experience and would recommend Rabbi Annie to anyone!
Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:
Thank you for your kind words. It was my pleasure to be able to help you though this difficult but wonderful time in your lives. I wish you much joy & happiness...always....
Alexandra
3/18/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had a fantastic experience with Rabbi Annie. She truly invested in getting to know us as a couple and was dedicated to making the ceremony both personal and beautiful. Following our ceremony we were bombarded by people telling us how fabulous they thought Rabbi Annie was. They found her funny, her voice beautiful and her words meaningful.
Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for your kind review. It was MY PRIVILEGE to get to know you and to be part of the special day of two very special people.
Ashley
11/12/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I don't even know where to start! We hired Rabbi Annie about 8 months before we got married. I'm jewish and my husband is agnostic. I grew up in a conservative household, but really view myself more on the reformed side of things. My husband was a little hesitant to go through all the interviews, but after we had one Skype call with Rabbi Annie we knew she would be the right officiant for our wedding. It wasn't about pushing any jewish stuff onto my husband, but more about taking the time to work with us and help us open up about ourselves and our future. Rabbi Annie took the time to get to know us, chat about the things that come up when you marry someone and ALWAYS was available to us for questions or whatever we needed. Rabbi Annie spoke to my husband and I during the ceremony and provided her blessings for us.... everything she said was us. She listened and CARES. Super responsive to emails or phone calls/texts, whatever you need she was there. We had so many compliments and my parents loved the ceremony, Just enough of the jewish traditions, but Rabbi Annie even took the time to explain the parts of the ceremony as the majority of our attendees were not Jewish. We couldn't be happier with having Rabbi Annie perform our ceremony!!! I can't recommend her enough!!!!
Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:
I am so grateful for your kind and detailed review of our work together. I work hard to create relationships between myself and my couples. I am deeply rewarded when I am able to make a difference. In such a case, it is YOU who make the difference.
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Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Annie was spectacular. We will remember our ceremony forever. Guests told us that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended. We really enjoyed getting to know Rabbi Annie during the months leading up to our wedding. Her interest in getting to know us was obvious from the quality of the ceremony. We are an interfaith couple and wanted a ceremony that reflected our diverse traditions. Rabbi Annie more than delivered. It was a pleasure to work with her.
Jewish Heart and Soul—Rabbi-Cantor Annie Bornstein responded with the following comments:
Many Thanks for your review. I am so glad that our work together was meaningful to you. Your wedding ceremony SHOULD be an event whose joy should be with you forever.
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Officiant
What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Jewish
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, DE, MD, NC, NY, PA, VA
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