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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13 Reviews for Rabbi Susan Shamash


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Response time 4.9

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  • 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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    Phil and Lynda Weinstein · Married on 10/07/2020

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    Warm and fulfilling

    We can’t say enough kind words about Rabbi Susan. She’s kind, caring, thoughtful, and thorough. She spent time getting to know us so she could create the perfect ceremony just for us, and indeed, all of our guests felt as loved as we did. Definitely more than a 10 out of 10!!!

    Sent on 17/07/2020

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Spending the last several weeks getting to know the two of you, Lynda and Phil, was a joyful and meaningful journey. It was a delight and an honour to stand under the Huppah with the two of you and to enable the marriage of such a deeply committed couple. Truly the meaning and embodiment of big tent Judaism.
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    Kathleen Muir · Married on 18/01/2020

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    Interfaith Bliss!

    Rabbi Susan is the absolute best.
    My husband did not grow up in any faith community and I grew up very Jewish. Rabbi Susan helped to teach up about Judaism and marriage in a way that supported my faith while making space for my husband to feel included and comfortable. We learned so much about ourselves, us as a couple, and about Judaism through Rabbi Susan's patient kindness.
    Our ceremony was perfect! All of our guests commented on how they could feel the love in everything that was shared under the chuppah. We have a big wild family and Rabbi Susan greeted everyone with warmth, inclusion, and love.
    18/10 (on a scale of 1-10)

    Sent on 01/03/2020

    Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:

    Kathleen, thank you for this wonderful review. It was such an honour and a privilege, and a whole lot of fun, to "work" with you and Ryan to co-create such a loving and meaningful wedding ceremony. You are such a special couple. Your love for and commitment to each other, and each other's blossoming into your fullest potentials, is truly remarkable.

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