In general, Rabbi Gardner officiates at life-cycle ceremonies only for members of the congregation and their families. This is not only because of the constraints on his time, but primarily because he values the continuity and connection that he can maintain with congregants. The rabbi is, however, always happy to provide counsel and guidance to couples who are contemplating a wedding — whether they are members of the congregation or not.
Rabbi Gardner works with interfaith couples to help clarify their plans for the spiritual identity of their family. Please feel free to contact Rabbi Gardner if you are seeking guidance about an interfaith marriage.
Riverdale Temple is firmly committed to marriage equality — both in officiating at same-sex weddings, and welcoming LGBTQ couples and individuals into the congregational family.