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Testimonials

Reading in Colombia
It's probably not every day that Rabbi Sugarman is asked to do a B'nai Mitzvah for three children in South America!

We are an American family living abroad and found Rabbi Sugarman online via his website. We were looking for someone flexible and accommodating who would be willing to work with my two daughters and their cousin in the U.S. at the same time.

The end result was a fantastic destination B'nai Mitzvah for our family and friends from the U.S. and Canada. What a special day!

The ceremony was welcoming, intimate, and touching for everyone including our many non-Jewish friends. The kids were well prepared thanks to the rabbi's endless patience over the preceding year.

Living abroad in a place with a small Jewish population isn't always easy. Thanks to technology and Rabbi Sugarman's willingness to travel a long way, our girls were able to continue their Jewish learning and celebrate their faith with a very special ceremony with their cousin.

I can't say enough about Rabbi Sugarman and his lovely wife Anna! The event brought family and friends together from far away places.

It is a memory that we will cherish for years to come!

Erika & Steve Prager,

—Cali, Colombia

Testimonial from The Parslow Family's B'nai Mitzvah
What a fabulous experience.

The sessions with Rabbi Sugarman were deeply personal and connected. This was very important to us as a family. He mentored with an openness that allowed my boys' natural curiosity to engage as they studied their Torah portions, and their unique relation to the teachings evolved.

On the day of their B'nai Mitzvah, both felt well prepared and ready to fully embrace their ritual.

The service was a magical celebration. It was everything we had hoped for—abundantly creative, intimate, filled with music and spirit.

The entire experience inspired and honored my children, and all who came to support them.

In sincere Love and Gratitude,

—The Parslow Family

Testimonial from The Gold Family's Bar Mitzvah
Dear Rabbi Sugarman,

We would like to thank you for providing us with the opportunity to have a beautiful, spiritual and meaningful Bar Mitzvah for our son Ryan in the comfort of our home.

It is exactly what our son wanted and I know that he will cherish the memories for the rest of his life. We appreciated the fact that you were willing to come so far in order to give us the type of service that suited our family. With heart felt gratitude,

—The Golds

Testimonial from Fritzi's Bat Mitzvah
We found Rabbi Sugarman's website on-line and were delighted with the Bat Mitzvah service he could provide us.

Rabbi Sugarman stayed in frequent touch with us during the months before the service.

He communicated with Fritzi's Hebrew tutor to make sure that Fritzi was totally prepared and comfortable with all the prayers, songs and speeches involved. Being Jewish myself, but having no Jewish education as a child, I was happy to have Rabbi Sugarman help me prepare for the service as the Bat Mitzvah's mother.

He came to our home the day before the service, letting Fritzi see the Torah she would read from and saying a blessing for me as I was given a Hebrew name for the first time.

The service was held under tents at our home with one hundred and twenty-five people in attendance.

A violent thunderstorm with pouring rain added drama to the Torah reading, but Rabbi Sugarman put everyone at ease as he tied the current conditions into the history of the portion of the Torah that Fritzi read.

Rabbi Sugarman's guitar and singing were a wonderful addition, and he had everyone clapping and singing joyously.

Many of our Jewish and Christian friends and family commented afterwards on how meaningful and moving the Bat Mitzvah service was.

Rabbi Sugarman brought more than the Torah to our home. He brought meaning and significance of the occasion to everyone, and we couldn't have been more pleased. Jenny Ornsteen James.

—Jenny


Please accept our sincere thank you for the wonderful service you performed at Emma's Bat Mitzvah. We could not have imagined a more lovely, touching service. All the details were thought through and planned so wonderfully.
We are thrilled that Emma received such a fantastic foundation for her ongoing Judaic learning.

—Victoria, Dmitry, Emma, and David Albert

Bar Mitzvah
Dear Rabbi,

We can not thank you enough for agreeing to come down and preside over Gabby's special day.

It was a beautiful ceremony and aside from the fact that it was freezing (!!), the service turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. I loved the Forever Young, that was a very special touch.

Mostly Rabbi, I can't thank you enough for letting us do this the way we wanted to do it. In my mind, the reason I have always loved Judaism is because it lends itself to the moment and I wanted this moment to be my interpretation.

You gave us license to see our vision through and for that I will always be most grateful.

Yasher Koach!

—Kerri E.




Dear Rabbi Sugarman,

Thank you for the providing us with the opportunity to have a fabulous B‘nai Mitzvah for our twins here in Tennessee.

The service was everything we hoped for and more! Considering it was mostly a "non" Jewish crowd, Rabbi Sugarman did a really wonderful job explaining everything and providing some background history as well.

Rabbi Sugarman gave both of my kids something they will have for the rest of their lives -and for that we will forever be grateful to you!

—Kerri Z.

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