Rabbi Susan Shamash
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Meaghan · Getting married on 09/10/2021
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!!
Sebastian H. · Married on 04/06/2021
Thank you so much!
Susan was so amazing. We feel we got so lucky in finding her, and helped make our day perfect. Very in tune with what we needed and so great to be around during our entire multi day celebration.Sent on 15/06/2021
Sarah · Married on 17/10/2020
Caring and open-minded rabbi
Working with Rabbi Susan was a fantastic experience. She took a personal interest in us as a couple and in our families, and put together a beautiful ceremony for us. I highly recommend working with her. 12/10!!!Sent on 27/10/2020
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Thank you for this heartfelt review Sarah. It was an honour and a privilege, not to mention a lot of fun, to co-create and officiate at your deeply personal and magical wedding ceremony. You and your beloved are a very special couple!
Uros B. · Married on 06/08/2020
Excellent - Thank You!
Rabbi Susan made us feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire ceremony planning process. Every aspect went smooth and we were extremely happy to have found her in Vancouver!Sent on 23/09/2020
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Thank you Uros for this review. It was so meaningful and joyful for me to journey with the two of you over these past months. Despite a COVID postponement, and the inability to have your dream wedding, the two of you persevered with love and authenticity to a truly celebratory ceremony!
Shivani W. · Married on 02/08/2020
The most beautiful ceremony ever!
Many of our wedding guests commented that our ceremony was the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony they had ever witnessed. We have Rabbi Susan to thank for that! She took the time to get to know us, she allowed us the freedom to collaborate with her and to tailor the ceremony to fit our personal vision, and she brought her whole human self to the ceremony including a personal blessing. When our plans got turned upside down by the pandemic she met us with compassion and helped us navigate the uncertainty with flexibility and understanding. We would highly recommend Rabbi Susan to any couple wanting to have an interfaith/Jewish ceremony.Sent on 12/09/2020
Rabbi Susan Shamash's reply:Thank you for such a beautiful review Shivani and Jeremy. The two of you managed a difficult situation so far beyond your control with grace and poise and, most of all, compassion for yourselves. It was my absolute honour and privilege to walk this path with you.
Phil A. · Married on 10/07/2020
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.
Michelle V. · Married on 03/05/2020
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
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Kathleen M. · 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 Z. · 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"!