Sign Up for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice and win up to $9,000 in prizes!

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice will be giving away a fabulous commitment ceremony/wedding package and other prizes this month. For a chance to win, simply join our free mailing list or update your registration. You can register online at… or sign up in person at the Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s table at the Philadelphia Pride Parade this Sunday, June 12 from 1:30 to 6:00 pm on Penn’s Landing.

The grand prize is transferable, so even if you are not personally planning on tying the knot, this prize is a terrific present to celebrate the union of your friends.

Grand Prize: Commitment Ceremony Package ($9,000+ value) including:
Commitment ritual conducted by Philadelphia Jewish Voice Living Judaism editor Rabbi Goldie Milgram. Creating beautiful, meaningful, spiritually authentic rites of passage, including Commitment Ceremonies has long been an important part of Rabbi Goldie Milgram’s life as a clergy person and we are fortunate to be able to share her experience with you.

More after the jump.
Preparation sessions Six free hour-long planning sessions with Rabbi Milgram, in person or phone/Skype/webcam depending on availability.Together with the commitment couple, Rabbi Milgram will facilitate creation of a custom-designed ritual, vows and contract of spiritual commitment to complement your legal documents. These sessions will include spiritual support for your relationship which can be an open non-religion-specific spirituality or Jewish. Rabbi Milgram views ritual as a powerful and precious spiritual art form and welcome conference call involvement of wedding planners, musicians, garment, food and invitation designers, etc.
Wedding Cake designed and donated by Ciao Bella Cakes.
$1,000 in Flowers provided by Vandergrift Floral.
Dress or Accessories $150 gift certificate to Paris Chic Bridal Boutique.
Honeymoon One night stay at The Lippincott House Bed & Breakfast.
Cocktails for rehearsal party (up to 10 people) by Foodwerx.
Hair, Make-up and/or Hot Lather Shave (on-site) courtesy of Jacen Bowman.
Pillows engineered for your body weight and size by Pittman Pillows.
Photography with images on DVD by Kim Volcy Photography.
And More…. Additional details will be announced on the Philadelphia Jewish Voice as they become available.
Second Prize: Free Yoga lesson from Philadelphia Jewish Voice Art & Culture editor Lisa Grunberger.
Consolation Prizes: All subscribers who enter their complete address will be mailing an “I read the Philadelphia Jewish Voice” bumper sticker, so that you can show your support of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Deadline: June 30, 2011
Eligibility: Limit one entry per person. Multiple entries will disqualify you. No purchase required. Staff and board members of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice and the Deal Monitor and their immediate families are not eligible.
Commitment Ceremony:
The couple must obtain their own attorney and execute any relevant legal documents to secure the flow of your estate and health-care rights under the jurisdiction where they reside. If their marriage is legal where this ritual will take place, then they will need to register accordingly prior to this ritual.
If the couple is Jewish, then Rabbi Goldie Milgram must approve or provide the Hebrew language that will appear in your ketubah (marriage contract). The couple must pay and secure their own artist to illustrate their ketubah.
The couple is responsible for the cost of Rabbi Milgram’s lodging, meals and transport for the weekend of your ritual from wherever she happens to be in the world at that time to wherever her next assignment happens to be.
Rabbi Milgram does not co-officiate with other clergy.

Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Secularly, Dr. Goldie Milgram has long been a gender-rights activist. She also travels internationally as a teacher of spiritual health and non-profit leadership. She received the American Cancer Society Most Distinguished Couple Award for her work in publication education during a previous marriage where she anchored and invented the first public health talk television for NBC TV 40. She has offered programs under the auspices of the United Nations, Esalen, Rancho La Puerta, the New York Open Center, 92Y, universities and communities world-wide.  Wearing her Jewish hat, “Reb Goldie” as her students affectionately call her, holds a doctorate from New York Theological Seminary and is a twice ordained rabbi – a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and she also holds the private smichah (ordination) of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Jewish Renewal. Dr. Milgram directs, and is author of numerous works including the first fully gender-inclusive work on Jewish ritual: Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life (Jewish Lights Publishing).
Rabbi Goldie Milgram can be contacted at [email protected]

Good luck!


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