- Baby namings
- Funerals and memorials
- Blessing a new home
- And more.
Rabbi Zimmerman’s philosophy is that there are many paths to and within Judaism. She works with each family or individual to craft an experience that is both personally meaningful and based in the wide range of Jewish wisdom and tradition.
The goal of each ceremony and event is that it will feel totally personal and will be remembered with fondness for years to come. In Rabbi Zimmerman’s view, there is no “one size fits all” Jewish ceremony. She works with you to determine what this looks like in your life.
About Interfaith Weddings: Rabbi Zimmerman does officiate on a case-by-case basis – so please write and have a conversation to see if there is a fit in philosophy. Rabbi Jill will officiate on a Saturday wedding at the end of the day, near sunset. Please call to discuss if you are unsure of what time that might be in the season and location of your ceremony.
The most important aspect to finding a rabbi to officiate your life cycle is “chemistry” – you have to feel that the rabbi standing under the chuppah with you, or blessing your baby, or leading a funeral of your loved one has compassion and connection with you.
You will find Rabbi Zimmerman warm and approachable, knowledgeable and also fun! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We were beyond happy with how everything went at the wedding! I wasn’t thrilled about the rain, but I loved what you had to say about it. The ceremony was beautiful, spiritual, meaningful and just perfect. You did such a lovely job of capturing our love and our essence. We’ve had so many people say afterward how much they loved our ceremony…and we couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much for sharing our special day.”
—Stephanie and Kevin, Los Angeles, CA
“Dear Rabbi Jill, You have carved a place in our hearts. You will be with us forever and we hope that we have the chances to keep visits a part of our relationship. Something about you, about your family has made an indelible, heartfelt mark on us. Something about you has left us filled spiritually, emotionally, and as women. You’re a wonderful mentor and friend. We cherish what we have together and say baruch hashem more than you know. We wish it to grow as the years pass and want you to know we will always be there to support you.”
—Deb and Lori, Carlsbad, CA
“After our wedding ceremony, family and friends came up to us and said “that was the most thoughtful, personal, and meaningful wedding ceremony I have ever seen!” Many thanks go to Rabbi Jill for traveling with us on our journey from dreaming up our multi-cultural and interfaith ceremony, through discussions of family, theology and faith, to planning the little details, and finally co-leading the ceremony on our special day. She was a great listener, asked thoughtful questions and balanced her knowledge of Judaism with a flexibility that helped us create a service that included both of our families and traditions. Thank you!”
—Becca Chase-Chen and Jondou Chase Chen, Seattle WA
“Wow! We knew you would be the perfect rabbi to capture the spirit of Stephanie and Kevin’s depth of commitment and love in their wedding ceremony, but you did much more than that. From the minute you began to speak at the Ketuba signing, you created an atmosphere of support, warmth and love that would envelope the entire celebration and all who were there. You even made us feel “lucky” that it was raining! Thank you for the gift of a richly spiritual, meaningful and perfect wedding.”
—Allison and Jeff M. Los Angeles
“Rabbi Jill worked with our son Jordan and our daughter Rebecca to create unique and memorable wedding ceremonies for each, blending Jewish traditions with personal elements from their lives and the lives of their fiancés. She brought to the process not only her rabbinical scholarship, but also all her warmth and wisdom as a wife and mother. The services she designed were profound yet accessible.
She patiently counseled both couples long distance by Skype, discussing readings to prepare them for marriage. They discussed the meaning of spirituality and the life partnerships on which they were they were embarking. She respected their individuality and backgrounds, incorporating their feelings and values into the services.
Rabbi Jill worked with special sensitivity on our daughter’s wedding service, which was interfaith and multicultural, with a chuppah in English, Hebrew and Mandarin. She was flexible in working with a Christian co-officiant selected by our son-in-law to respect his family’s faith.
When it came time for the weddings, several of our friends commented that they had never experienced such intimate and meaningful services. It was wonderful to see our children so happy and and we, as parents, were ecstatic. We’ll always be grateful for Rabbi Jill’s prayers and blessings on these incomparably special days.”
– Marilyn and Randy Chase, San Francisco
Dear Rabbi Jill:
Your kind expression of religious spirituality through poetry was refreshing and comforting.
You didn’t know Mom, however your perception, by listening to each of us, captured the very essence of Zelda.
Thank you from the bottom of my, my family’s and I’m sure, Susan’s heart for the inspiration that will carry us through.
“I’ve been to several funerals where the rabbi or priest knew the deceased and family. But by the time they gave the eulogy, somehow it was impersonal and cliche-ridden. Yet with Rabbi Jill Zimmerman, though she barely knew my late friend, Melanie, she found a way to make the memorial to her so personal, it was as if she’d known her for years. How? It’s Rabbi Jill’s process…more on that in a second.
Let me step back. Rabbi Jill didn’t meet my friend until she was very ill with cancer. She wasn’t religious and didn’t have a rabbi. We called Rabbi Jill in on the high recommendation of Rabbi Edwards. Melanie was too ill to respond to the Rabbi, but she sat at the bedside and, with Melanie’s two daughters, they made a prayer. Melanie passed into spirit the next morning. Here is the key to Rabbi Jill’s personal touch. The day after Melanie’s death, Rabbi asked Melanie’s husband, two daughters and myself — her closest friend — to her home to talk all about Melanie. For nearly three hours, she asked all sorts of questions about Melanie. She wanted to know all about her, every detail. I’ve never known any other Rabbi that spent this kind of time. Rabbi Jill’s comfortable presence led each of us to open up; we revealed our deepest recollections about Melanie. It was such an intimate space.
Two days later, we had Melanie’s funeral. How Rabbi Jill was able to put together three hours of notes amazes me. It takes ME two days to figure out my shopping list. She put together a beautifully organized service, so well-balanced between prayers and testimonials by Melanie’s friends. Rabbi seamlessly interwove all the information we gave her into the most personal eulogy I’ve ever heard. She was profound, compassionate, and deeply comforting. I spoke to many people after the service…and everyone agreed.
Rabbi Jill has that special gift of intimacy that few possess…in or out of spiritual service. I would never hesitate to call on Rabbi Jill again.”