I specialize in Christian, Jewish, and interfaith (Jewish-Christian) weddings. I am the rabbi at Tikvat David in Roswell, a Messianic Jewish congregation, which means we combine Jewish and Christian elements in our faith. I also offer pre-marital coaching if requested. With every couple I work to design a service based on their desires and the needs of both families. Your wedding is your day, not mine, and I work to make you stand out, not myself. If you desire coaching, I work from biblical wisdom concepts to help you discuss life issues. If you are a Jewish-Christian interfaith couple, I can offer help and direction to understand one another and anticipate commonly experienced challenges. If you are a Christian couple, I can offer New Testament perspectives. If you are a Jewish couple, I am a practicing Jew and I understand life cycle issues from a Jewish perspective.
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?
Rabbi Leman made us both very comfortable. He spoke with us together and really listened as we described the kind of ceremony we wanted. He gave encouraging suggestions as to how we could include both Jewish and Christian elements into our ceremony that would appeal to both sides of our family and friends.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?
Rabbi Leman is always there when you need him, whether its prayer, questions, and encouragement! He always communicated with us. There was never a time that he didn’t return calls or emails.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?
Our ceremony was special to all involved. I teach a Torah class to six little girls ranging in age from 6 to 12 years of age. “All” my girls were flower girls! The audience loved it and the girls did too. It was a special event for our whole congregation.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?
Our wedding planner was a friend who really has a talent for bling and beauty, so the décor from the street to the chuppah was beyond amazing. Our flower girls were also talked about, they really were precious! But several people from both sides of our families commented on Rabbi Leman and how well he explained the ceremony as well as the sermon. It was a very touching ceremony.