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Naomi May · Married on 22/06/2019
Authentic and amazing experience!
Rabbi Susan was a pure delight to work with - if you call it "work" to join in creating the most meaningful personal ceremony we could imagine!!! From the outset, she set such a helpful structure to get to know us- we met several times and had introspective conversations + exercises about what makes us "us." It not only felt therapeutic but was helpful fodder for creating out vows and intention at the ceremony! She opened up about her passion about interfaith connection, and we felt that she really "got us."
On the day, she was enthusiastic to partake, and brought authentic, grounded, playful, joyous energy. Thats a tough balance to strike and she hit it marvellously. She added so much to our ceremony and we highly recommend going with Rabbi Susan for your Jewish or interfaith wedding ceremony!!!Sent on 02/07/2019
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Thank you Naomi for such a wonderful "review". It was a joy and a privilege to meet and "work" with you and Kristoff and to co-create such a beautiful and meaningful wedding ceremony. You are an amazing couple, so much in love. The personal words of intention and commitment you spoke to each other brought tears to my eyes. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity it/you gave me.
Kathleen Muir · Married on 18/01/2020
Rabbi Susan is the absolute best.Sent on 01/03/2020
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)
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.
Nitzan Ziv · Married on 13/11/2019
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.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.
Arielle · Married on 10/11/2019
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
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Arielle and Mark, thank you for this heartfelt and meaningful review. It was such a pleasure and an honour for me to work with and come to know the two of you. I felt blessed to be able to bring the inclusivity of big tent Judaism to co-create such a personal, meaningful and authentic ceremony. Remember, I am your "rabbi for life"!
Hailey Fugman · Married on 29/08/2019
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 herSent 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.
Paul Starr · Married on 17/08/2019
Pete and Ofir's garden wedding
Susan collaborated with Andrew Twiddy, rector of St Anne’s and St. Edmund’s in Parksville, to develop an ecumenical service that spanned two religions and which appealed strongly to the mainly non-religious guests. The service showcased the love that the two grooms shared and reflected their respective values and traditions. We were very pleased with Susan and Andrew’s efforts and felt that they had provided everything we could have wanted.Sent on 30/08/2019
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Paul, as the father of one of the grooms, your opinion is very important to me. It was such a pleasure for me to work with and come to know Peter and Ofir and to collaborate with Pastor Andrew in a deep and authentic way. And also to meet your family and close friends. I felt truly blessed to enable the wedding of such a remarkable couple. Peter and Ofir will be forever in my heart.
Anonymous · Married on 09/08/2019
Thoughtful, insightful and open-minded
We are an interfaith and interracial couple that were looking for a progressive rabbi who would officiate a secular but traditional Jewish wedding that also infused our mixed backgrounds (Jewish/Canadian and Korean/Northern Irish). We were recommended through word of mouth to Rabbi Susan. Even before our first meeting with Rabbi Susan, we had a good impression. She was very prompt in responding to our inquiry and showed tremendous enthusiasm. We had an instant connection with her during our first meeting together. Rabbi Susan took the time to learn about us in terms of our family backgrounds and traditions, our personalities and goals for the future. For us, it was very important that we had a relationship with our Rabbi before our wedding day. Over the course of a year, we met with Rabbi Susan multiple times to discuss different topics that allowed us to learn more about ourselves individually and together as a couple. In terms of the actual wedding day, Rabbi Susan made us feel very prepared for what to expect, and was flexible and creative in helping us to craft a meaningful ceremony that connected us with all our family and friends.
10/10 would recommend!
Sent on 09/12/2019
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:What a joyful and deeply meaningful journey we had together! You are an inspiring couple, navigating very different cultural and religious heritages as well as extremely demanding emerging careers. I am in awe of the honesty and trust you bring your relationship. I felt blessed to get to know you over the past year and felt extremely honoured to co-create such a truly personal and representational ceremony and to stand under the huppah with you with authenticity and delight.
Carolina Heimann · Married on 21/07/2019
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.
Jack Huberman and Gordon Boyd · Married on 01/06/2019
From the moment we first met Rabbi Susan, we both felt very comfortable with her and that continued through to the very end of the wedding ceremony. She was helpful, friendly, accommodating and a joy to work with throughout the entire process. She helped us bring together the best of both of our traditions given that we weren’t of the same faith. She helped us create a very meaningful ceremony that worked for both of us. She was both traditional in orientation yet open to all kinds of new, creative and modern ideas for our ceremony.
One of our friends wrote to us after the wedding saying that it was the most magical that they had ever attended. Much of the credit for the beauty of the ceremony goes to Rabbi Susan and we will be eternally grateful to her for making it that way.Sent on 22/06/2019
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Jack and Gord, thank you for this beautiful and heartfelt review. It was an honour and a privilege, not to mention a lot of fun, to co-create and officiate at your deep, unique and magical wedding ceremony You are a very special couple!
Anonymous User · Married on 15/10/2018
Highly recommend! Rabbi Susan was a key component in making our wedding a joyful start to our married lives together. She was invaluable in the planning - she gave me a solid footing in Jewish traditions and went on to officiate with grace and elegance. She was a good listener and adapted throughout the planning process. During the ceremony she provided explanations that made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Rabbi Susan is open-minded, flexible and collaborative. She was proactive in the creation of our interfaith (Jewish Buddhist) ceremony and remained on top of things throughout. Her dedication to making our wedding a personalized, meaningful and unforgettable experience was outstanding. Our relationship with her has deepened and it is clear that she has a vested interest beyond the wedding. Rabbi Susan cares a lot.Sent on 18/11/2018