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Mazal tov on your engagement and upcoming wedding! At this sacred time in your life, Temple Emanu-El clergy, staff and community are honored to support you in the building of your Jewish home and in the preparation for your special day. We will help you make your wedding the once-in-a-lifetime simcha (celebration) it should be and will work with you to lay the foundation for your first year of marriage and beyond. (See the Weddings Q&A below for contacts and next steps. Check out our online resources for couples.)

Goin' to the Chuppah

Your wedding ceremony is the celebration of your Jewish life together, whether you are an interfaith, Jewish, or same-sex couple. To help you prepare for your journey, all engaged couples participate in our Goin’ to the Chuppah learning experience.

This class is an enriching, social and informative opportunity that complements the meetings you will have with your officiating clergyperson. You will meet other engaged couples from Temple and the community-at-large to discuss issues relevant to this time in your life, learn the fundamentals of building a Jewish home, and explore the gift of Shabbat.

All local couples being married by Temple clergy are required to take Goin’ to the Chuppah. For couples who live elsewhere, we are happy to connect you to similar learning opportunities in your area. Members of the Temple community who are being married outside Dallas and couples from the community-at-larger are also welcome to participate in Goin’ to the Chuppah. For more information or to register, contact Erika Purdy-Patrick. Click here to see the sessions for 2019.

Temple Emanu-El is an inclusive congregation and members of our clergy welcome the opportunity to work with Jewish, interfaith and same-sex couples. We look forward to sharing this exciting moment with you. 

TwoTogether in Texas Provider 

Temple is an approved TwoTogether in Texas provider. TwoTogether is the state initiative to promote marriage education for engaged couples through classes and counseling. The $60 state fee for a marriage license is waived for couples who complete an approved program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can choose to have everything from the rehearsal dinner, to the ceremony, and the reception here at Temple. Our clergy can officiate at your wedding or simply bless you and your partner before you take your vows.

Q: How do we schedule a Temple Emanu-El rabbi to officiate at our wedding ceremony?
Contact our clergy office for information on availability and to schedule your ceremony with a specific rabbi.

Q: What do we need to do to schedule our wedding ceremony and/or reception at Temple?
After you confirm the date and time of your wedding with the rabbi, contact Chevie Valentine to check the availability of our event spaces including Olan Sanctuary, Stern Chapel, Lefkowitz Chapel, Linz Hall and Tobian Auditorium.

Q: Is there a charge to have our wedding at Temple?
There is no charge for the worship space for our members or children of our members. Fees apply for any reception space you choose to utilize.

Q: How do I schedule an aufruf (blessing of the wedding couple)?
Let your officiating rabbi know you would like to be blessed during one of the Shabbat services preceding your wedding. He or she will schedule the blessing in conjunction with the service officiant. If you are being married by non-Temple clergy, but would like to receive a blessing at Temple before your wedding, please contact a member of our clergy team. To recognize a blessing it is appropriate to contribute towards the oneg (reception) following services.

Q: Where can I get more information about a Jewish wedding ceremony?
The New Jewish Wedding, by Anita Diamant, is available in our gift shop, Judaic Treasures, and in Temple’s Weisberg Library. For addition resources, our life cycles office maintains a list of vendors for everything from ketubahs (Jewish marriage contracts) to wedding day hair and makeup stylists.