The Jewish Wedding Now
Published by: Scribner
Buy the Book: Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, IndieBound
Previously The New Jewish Wedding
The Jewish Wedding Now is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that explains everything you need to plan a meaningful Jewish wedding in a world where the very definition of what constitutes a Jewish wedding is up for discussion.
Written for Jews of all denominations and descriptions, including LGBTQ+ Jews, and couples that include people of different faiths or who are not connected to any religion, The Jewish Wedding Now provides choices for every stage of a wedding—including celebrations before and after the ceremony. With references from The Bible, Talmud, mystical texts and folk tales, this is a practical resource, with suggestions for planning the ceremony and the party that follows, from finding a rabbi and wording the invitation to organizing a processional and hiring a caterer. You’ll also find samples of wedding invitations and ketubot (marriage contracts), as well as a variety of choices and translations for the ceremony itself.
The Jewish Wedding Now provides personalized options—some new, some old—to help you create the meaningful, joyful, and memorable wedding that’s right for you.
Read: Review of the Jewish Wedding Now in The Jewish Journal
"No two weddings are alike, and in The Jewish Wedding Now Anita Diamant has spot-on advice for every couple -- from the most traditional to the most cutting edge. Whether your wedding is interfaith, LGBTQ, very observant or just Jewish, she will walk you through every step of this emotionally fraught, ritually complex and spiritually fertile life-cycle moment. Without judging what couples should choose or avoid, Diamant explains, teaches, describes and inspires."
—Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism
"I know you. You wish you already knew someone who would explain what’s what in Jewish wedding land. Someone who loves the gorgeous Jewish tradition and all that it offers. Someone who also gets that the modern world is actually a tremendous asset. Someone who has good taste and isn’t afraid to say it like it is. Well, your wish came true. Anita Diamant is that person and Jewish Wedding Now is all you need. I pray all your wedding dramas get resolved so easily."
—Noa Kushner, Founding Rabbi of The Kitchen, a religious start-up in San Francisco www.thekitchensf.org
"I have recommended Anita Diamant’s earlier editions of The Jewish Wedding Now to countless couples I’ve married for 25 years. This newest edition is in many ways more a new book than just an update. Diamant takes on the realities of Jewish life as it really is - with depth and sensitivity. LGBTQ, multifaith, Jews-of-color are present in the fullness of who we are – not only as apologetic add-ons. Issues of complicated family structures at weddings are confronted directly. Divorce is an acknowledged reality in our communities and families. Kudos to Anita Diamant! This book will serve the Jewish community – as we truly are – well!"
—Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D. Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York
"Anita Diamant has given us a gift with "The Jewish Wedding Now," which refreshingly offers us depth, inclusivity, and accessibility. This is a must read for Jewish couples planning their special day to be cherished forever!"
—Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, Founder & President, Uri L'Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice
"This revised version of a beloved classic offers an accessible, diverse, and sensitive guide for Jews who love and those who love them to create meaningful weddings and marriages. It's not just a book about love, it's a book about making love and life matter more in a fast changing world."
—Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Founder of Lab/Shul, New York www.labshul.org
"The Jewish Wedding Now is a precious resource, revealing the spiritual gifts of Jewish wedding traditions to a wider community of loving partners and ritual practitioners. LGBTQ families and interfaith families should be embraced by Jewish tradition, and Anita Diamant's words (and heart) open the door to Jewish wisdom as wide as it was always meant to be. With this new gift from one of the world's most eloquent, sensitive teachers, a couple's celebration might end up transforming the entire world. To couples hoping to create a meaningful wedding, individual spiritual seekers, and ritual facilitators of every variety, I cannot recommend The Jewish Wedding Now highly enough!"
—Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA