Rabbi Susan Shamash

3984 West 21st Avenue V6S 1H6 Vancouver (British Columbia) Map · Phone number
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About Rabbi Susan Shamash

Rabbi Susan Shamash is a progressive, independent Rabbi based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, which embraces a contemporary egalitarian Judaism as a profound spiritual practice and social transformer, reaching beyond religious boundaries and institutional structures. She is passionate about "open tent" Judaism and, in her service to interfaith families, she occupies a unique niche in metropolitan Vancouver.

Services offered

She offers inclusive and personalized services to celebrate your relationship and provide innovative life cycle event officiation, including interfaith, same-sex, and gender queer events. She doesn't just "show up" for your wedding. Her fee includes three in-person meetings (1-2 hours each) for informal counseling on:

  • Why a Jewish wedding (or why do you want to be married by a rabbi)?
  • Your families of origin
  • Love and marriage from a Jewish perspective
  • Yours, mine and ours
  • Co-creating your personalized Jewish wedding ritual

How she works

She works together with your ideas, dream, beliefs, values, personalities and the Jewish tradition to create the wedding ceremony you envision. She dedicates a minimum of 10 hours to preparing for your unique ceremony. Her fee also includes the Ketubah signing ritual and a venue assessment. Because of the simplicity of the Jewish wedding, it is not her custom to lead a rehearsal.

  • Wedding Types Single religion, interfaith ceremony, vow renewal
  • Officiant Services Licensed, allow couple' own vows, premarital counseling
  • Religious Affiliations Jewish
  • Wedding Services Starting Price C$ 1,250.00
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  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
    30-60 mins.
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?
    No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?
    C$ 85.00
  • If you offer pre-marital counseling, what is the starting price for (per session)?
    C$ 15.00

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11 Reviews for Rabbi Susan Shamash


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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Response time 4.9

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    Hailey Fugman · Married on 29 of August of 2019

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    Great experience

    Rabbi Susan officiated our wedding. She was amazing and adapted her process to fit mine and my husbands busy schedule and specific needs. It was a great experience, I would highly recommend her

    Sent on 22/09/2019

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Thank you for your lovely review Hailey. You and David knew exactly what you wanted in your ceremony and were incredibly focused and efficient. It was a privilege, an honour and a privilege to co-create your wedding ceremony with the two of you and to be your officiant.
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    Carolina Heimann · Married on 21 of July of 2019

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    The most amazing officiant

    Rabbi Susan was an absolute pleasure to work with. From the initial introductory meeting she made us feel welcome. We worked with her for over a year, even being invited over for dinners in which she introduced us to other couples like us (interfaith). The service itself was beautiful - very personalized to what we requested, and everyone had the best feedback to say about it. Overall, would highly recommend.

    Sent on 01/08/2019

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Caro and George you are, in many ways, my “ideal couple”. Your love for and commitment to each other is awesome and your willingness to work deeply with me was inspiring. You knew exactly what you wanted and never for a moment forgot exactly who the ceremony was for (the two of you). It was a pleasure and a privilege to be your wedding officiant and I look forward to being your rabbi for many years to come.
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    Nitzan Ziv · Married on 13 of November of 2019

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    Would not have been the same without her!!

    Rabbi Susan has been absolutely amazing in every aspect of the wedding day and leading up to it. She carries her work with purpose and makes sure she personally gets to know you before the wedding day. I got to know Susan on a personal level and she's a beautiful and amazing person and my wedding day would not have been the same without her.
    I was searching for a Rabbi to marry me and my husband for a long time (and because he's not fully Jewish, I got rejected by most of them). Rabbi Susan welcomed me with open arms and the rest is history :)
    I am forever grateful for her service and community involvement.

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    Sent on 28/11/2019

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Nitzan and Ron! It was such a joyful and meaningful journey, even though we spent only two months together. Getting to know the interior beauty of your relationship and you glorious individuals allowed me the blessing of standing under the huppah with you with authenticity and delight. The gorgeous inclusivity of a big tent Judaism that celebrates our Jewish-adjacent partners, extended family, and friends is my passion. Saying yes to you and your family was deeply meaningful to me and I look forward to being your rabbi for many, many years as your life together unfolds.
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    Arielle · Married on 10 of November of 2019

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    Wonderful experience

    Rabbi Susan was an absolute pleasure to work with. From the moment we met her, we felt comfortable and we knew we were in good hands. She is detail-oriented, knowledgable, and approachable. During our time together, she provided us with opportunities to make our ceremony personalized and meaningful. Jewish traditions were accented by modern interpretations, resulting in a ceremony that reflected our vision, values, and beliefs. Rabbi Susan's confidence, knowledge, and experience resulted in a ceremony that we and our guests will never forget. Thank you Rabbi Susan!

    Sent on 08/12/2019

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