My varied life experiences have provided me with unparalleled expertise in officiating weddings and other life cycle events. I was born into an observant Jewish family in a small Hungarian town and came to the United States as a young adult, the only member of my family to survive the Holocaust. I pursued a career in psychotherapy, and throughout my time as a therapist, I continually learned new techniques to complement the foundational training I had received in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method. Although I loved my role as a therapist, I felt increasingly drawn to Jewish spiritual practices, obtaining my ordination from Rabbinical Seminary International in 2000. Since then, I have performed over 750 weddings across the United States and throughout the world, uniting couples from a broad range of religious and ethnic backgrounds.
What colleagues say about Rabbi Renèe
"I have had the good fortune to be friends with Renée Feller for over a quarter of a century. I have been inspired by how she has transformed the experiences of the horrors of a youth spent in a concentration camp into an extraordinary capacity for life. This capacity has blossomed into her serving her community as a rabbi. Her favorite function as a rabbi is performing marriages, commitments to life and love. She delights in planning the beauties and spirit of each ceremony."
Inez Martinez, Professor of English, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.
"I am happy to commend to you Rabbi Renée Feller. I have known her for over fifteen years and come to value her deep sensitivity, her undaunted spirit, and her zest for life. In her quiet manner, she has a contagious smile and great sense of humor that is simultaneously capable of the utmost seriousness. This combination of special qualities makes her a superbly gifted rabbi, capable of conducting the full range of celebrations from weddings to bas/bar mitzvahs, in such a way as to make everyone feel included in the great shalom of life. To know her and to have her spiritual leadership is itself a blessing!"
Rev. Robert W. Gunn, Ph.D. Author of Journeys Into Emptiness
"A survivor of Auschwitz who went on to create herself anew in the United States, Rabbi Feller is a testament to the spirit of self actualization. I have known Rabbi Feller for the better part of a decade and have been continually moved and inspired by her compassion and commitment to her work."
Nina Mankin, Singer Song-Writer, New York, Nashville
"Knowing Rabbi Feller for two decades as I have only confirms what one learns on first meeting her. She is warm, wise, joyous, and unique. She has spiritual depth and wonderful presence. Her gifts of compassion and love are brought to all she meets, including the celebration and affirmation of the rites of marriage."
Tad Crawford, publisher, New York City