Rabbi Gary Spero

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  • Arelis G.

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    My experience with Rabbi Gary Spero as wedding officiant was more than I had hope for. It was a pleasure working with him, but even more a blessing to have him marry my husband & I. He's truly committed to what needs to get done to give you an awesome ceremony & has your best interest at heart..

    May 28, 2013Verified
  • Rachael P.

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    Rabbi Spero made our wedding absolutely amazing, our Jewish family loved him, our Catholic family adored him. He was kind and welcoming to all and made my Husband and My special day calm and loving. He was also very funny, he had our wedding of 300 guests laughing and crying durring the ceremony. Thankyou so much Rabbi Spero for making our ceremony perfect. We're still receiving compliments on the services :)

    May 26, 2013

About this pro

I always strive to make my ceremonies very personal and customized. I can blend readings and rituals from many diverse religious and cultural traditions. Where I am asked to follow Jewish rituals I always have both Jews and non Jews telling me that my explanations of why things are done is unique. I never use Hebrew without translating what is being said into English. I am welcoming to all and open to all suggestions and ideas. I enjoy making every event special and treating people from all backgrounds and beliefs with respect and kindness. It is very satisfying to hear from Jews and non-Jews that for the first time they truly understood the reason and meaning for the different components of weddings, funerals ad other events. Working with individuals and families to make their event visions come true is truly pleasureable.

Times hired on Thumbtack

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Location

Torrance, CA 90504

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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      Generally for customized weddings and funerals I request an honorarium of $300 - $500 plus any travel/hotel expenses if more than 140 miles from Torrance, CA. For Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation I request $50 per hour for working with a student and $500 to officiate at the ceremony. For baby namings and memorial stone unveilings I request $250 plus any travel/hotel expenses if more than 140 miles from Torrance. I am willing to co-officiate with other clergy and to officiate in any house of worship, hotel, or other venue or setting, indoors or outdoors. in case of severe economic hardship please speak with me. I do not charge more for interfaith or same sex weddings and events than I do for standard Jewish services. Your satisfaction and good memories are my goal. I always customize services to meet your needs and will not reject your ideas, (although I dont jump out of perfectly good airplanes or swim with sharks!).
    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      I craft and officiate at very personalized weddings for all couples, Jewish, interfaith and same sex. I have decades of experience training and officiating at bar and bat mitzvahs for students of all ages. I create very personalized and meaningful funerals, memorial services, shiva minyans and unveilings. I have officiated at baby namings, bris ceremonies and taught a variety of topics. Please call me to assist you in whatever needs you might have.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      Meet with the Rabbi and discuss your needs. Not all rabbis will officiate or co-officiate at interfaith or same sex weddings. I am comfortable either as solo or joint clergy in any house of worship or other venue. I don't charge more for interfaith and same sex weddings than I charge for Jewish weddings. Whomever you choose, make sure you are comfortable working with them.
    Coverage Area for Rabbi Gary Spero is about 150+ miles of Torrance, CA.