We are very happy to discuss holding a Jewish or Interfaith wedding at Oseh Shalom. We welcome gay, lesbian and transgender couples (see our policy details below). We will also joyfully help you welcome a new baby or adopted child into your family. We want to be there in times of loss and grief as well. If you need support when you lose a loved one, we can be there for you. Please contact one of our rabbis at 301-498-5151 or at RabbiDaria@oseh-shalom.org/RabbiJosh@oseh-shalom.org
We welcome interfaith couples. You can hold an interfaith weddings using Jewish rituals, symbols and ritual objects at Oseh Shalom in any part of our building or on our beautiful grounds. Members or non-members of Oseh Shalom may hold an interfaith wedding ceremony at Oseh Shalom but must state their intentions to create a Jewish home together. Only our rabbi may officiate at an interfaith wedding unless they are not available. A clergy member of a different faith may NOT co-officiate.
Oseh Shalom is deeply committed to promoting and strengthening the survival and continuity of the Jewish people. We affirm that one key way to accomplish this task is to promote the creation and maintaining of Jewish households, where Jewish traditions, rituals and values are practiced and lived and can be transmitted to future generations.
We affirm that promoting and encouraging Jewish marriage is one key way of accomplishing this task. We also affirm that the survival and continuity of the Jewish people can and is being strengthened by interfaith couples who are creating Jewish households and living their lives according to Jewish values.
We affirm the importance of the values of keiruv (outreach), hachlalah (inclusivity) and welcoming, while maintaining our distinctiveness as a Jewish community.
By offering a couple who is committed to creating a Jewish household the opportunity to celebrate and sanctify their marriages at Oseh Shalom, we are reaching out our hand in welcome to that couple at a key moment in their lives, and showing k’vod (honor/respect) to the kedushah (sanctity) of the life choice they have made. We hope that, by welcoming a couple in this particular way, we will encourage them and their families to draw closer to Oseh Shalom and to Judaism.