Weddings

Please note that due to construction, we cannot offer space for a reception, gathering, or facilities for the bride and groom. We cannot accommodate non-member wedding ceremonies.Please note that due to construction, we cannot offer space for a reception, gathering, or facilities for the bride and groom. We cannot accommodate non-member wedding ceremonies.p; Mazal tov on your forthcoming marriage!
This is an exciting time in your lives. We are delighted that you are considering Park Avenue Synagogue, an egalitarian Conservative congregation, as a location for your milestone occasion. Your wedding is both a religious ceremony and a celebration. We are eager to help you make it the day of your dreams. The information here answers questions couples commonly have as they begin planning.

Please note that due to construction, we cannot offer space for a reception, gathering, or facilities for the bride and groom. We cannot accommodate non-member wedding ceremonies.

For additional information regarding the wedding ceremony, please consult a member of our Clergy. Call the Rabbis’ Office at 212-369-2600, x120.

Who May Be Married At Park Avenue Synagogue?

To be married at Park Avenue Synagogue, both partners must be Jewish. If either partner has previously been married to a Jew, and the marriage ended in divorce, the partner must present proof that the marriage was ended with a get, a Jewish divorce, as well as with a civil divorce. If you have not yet given or received a get for a previous marriage, one of our rabbis can help you with that process.

When May The Wedding Take Place?

A Jewish wedding may not take place on Shabbat (from an hour before sundown on Friday until an hour after sundown on Saturday) or on a major Jewish holiday (same restriction). Weddings may not take place during the Three Weeks before Tisha b’Av, the Ninth of Av, which usually falls in late July or early August. There are restrictions on when a wedding may take place during the seven weeks known as Sefirah, between Passover and Shavuot. If you have any question about whether a wedding is permissible on the date you have in mind, consult with one of the rabbis.

Where Will The Wedding Take Place?

Wedding ceremonies may take place either in the Sanctuary or in the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center Chapel. Weddings to which more than 75 guests have been invited must be held in the Sanctuary. You may use the Park Avenue Synagogue huppah, wedding canopy, or you may bring in a huppah.

Who Will Officiate?

A member of the PAS clergy may serve as m’sader(et) kedushin, the officiant, at your wedding, or you may have another rabbi or cantor officiate or co-officiate. Visiting clergy must be invited by the PAS clergy; this arrangement should be made well in advance of the wedding. If you would like a non-PAS rabbi or cantor to participate in your ceremony, please contact the Senior Rabbi’s assistant at (212) 369-2600, x120 or gfier@pasyn.org with your name, contact information, prospective wedding date, as well as the name and contact information of the officiant. The Senior Rabbi will then extend an invitation to your rabbi and/or cantor.

Music

Music for the ceremony should be appropriate for a Jewish religious occasion. Our cantors are available to consult with you on choices of musical style (Hasidic/Israeli/classical) and arrangements. If you wish to hire instrumentalists you must make arrangements with the music department.

Aufruf

An Aufruf is an aliyah to the Torah for the betrothed couple at a Shabbat service prior to the wedding. Many families mark the occasion by sponsoring the congregational Kiddush after the service. If you would like to have an Aufruf at Park Avenue Synagogue, please contact the rabbis’ office to make arrangements for the aliyah. If you would like to sponsor the Shabbat morning Kiddush, please complete the online sponsorship form.

Sanctity of Shabbat (Saturday Evening Weddings)

Until the end of Shabbat (one hour after the time of candle lighting the evening before), there is no photography, music, cooking, smoking or use of cell phones or other electronic devices permitted inside or in front of the synagogue building.

All deliveries, flowers, and band equipment, must enter the building through the delivery entrance and go directly to the chapel or Sanctuary.

Under no circumstances may photography take place in the Sanctuary, the Chapel, or any of the synagogue’s public spaces, upstairs, downstairs, or outside the building, on Shabbat.

Fees

There are different fee levels for members of Park Avenue Synagogue and for non-members, and there are different charges for using the Sanctuary and for using the Chapel. Please refer to the fees list for information.

Booking A Wedding Date

Call the Office and Events Manager at 212-369-2600, x105 to make an appointment. Payment in full for the ceremony will be required to reserve your date. Please note, we cannot accommodate non-member wedding ceremonies.

After You’ve Reserved The Date

If a PAS rabbi is officiating at your wedding, you will meet with him several times before your date. Contact the rabbis’ office before your date to make an appointment.