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, dreams, 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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18 Reviews for Rabbi Susan Shamash


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  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Response time 4.9

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  • Meaghan

    Meaghan · Getting married on 09/10/2021

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    An incredible experience!

    Rabbi Susan was so incredible to work with. She listened to everything we wanted and designed the ceremony of our dreams that was very meaningful to both of our families. She was so flexible and helped us work around Covid-19 so we could still celebrate our special day. I cannot recommend her enough.

    Sent on 08/10/2020

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Thank you Meaghan for this warm and heartfelt review. You and Brandon are an awesome couple. You navigated the shoals and disappointments of Covid-19 with grace, humour and love. I felt privileged to celebrate your big day with ceremony that was entirely unique to you and your circumstances. I look forward to Part 2!!
  • Michelle

    Michelle Vodnak · Married on 03/05/2020

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    Excellent!

    If you are looking for a Rabbi, I would highly recommend Rabbi Susan. From the first she was responsive, kind, and patient. She answered all our questions and designed a beautiful interfaith ceremony that was unique to us and incorporated lots of beautiful Jewish elements. She walked us through all aspects of the marriage ceremony including ketubah and kippah suggestions and well as what documents etc we would need on the day. We had lots of compliments day of regarding the ceremony and Rabbi Susan, definitely reccommend!

    Sent on 28/09/2020

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Michelle and Michael,
    It was such a joyful and deeply meaningful journey - spending the past year getting to know the interior beauty of the two of you and your relationship. I felt so blessed to stand under the Huppah with you with such authenticity. I am proud to be the conduit of such a big tent Judaism.
  • Hailey

    Hailey Fugman · Married on 29/08/2019

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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.
  • Carolina

    Carolina Heimann · Married on 21/07/2019

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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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Susan Shamash

Susan Shamash

Rabbi & Celebrant

Hi, I'm Rabbi Susan and I am thrilled to celebrate your love with you. I am passionate about saying "yes" to enabling all Jews and their loved ones to celebrate Jewishly. I bring the beauty, meaning and spirituality, not to mention the fun and joy, of Judaism to your unique "Jewishish" wedding ceremony. Together we co-create a beautiful and meaningful ceremony that reflects all of who you truly are as a couple. I am blessed to be doing what I love.

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Hi, I'm Dulce the Havanese hooligan. I love that my "Mom" invites so many people over to visit me. I provide a little pet therapy. I will greet you joyfully at the door, show off some of my agility skills, make you laugh, and maybe even lick your hands if you will only let me. Then I will fall asleep on "my" chair, and snore softly while you plan your wedding with the Rabbi.

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