Rabbi Roger Ross and Reverend Deborah Steen Ross are a couple who understand the traditions and practices of their individual faiths, as well as the meaning of Interfaith. Without losing sight of the religious and cultural traditions that make up each individual faith, they create ceremonies which incorporate the best of Jewish, Christian, Celtic, Chinese and all other expressions of religion or heritage, as well as whatever you, as the bride and groom, wish to share. This is your ceremony, and we are here to make it happen. We work individually as Rabbi and Interfaith Minister or as a couple, to insure that your wedding expresses everything you wish to say about who you are.
How we customize wedding ceremonies: One of the most important things to consider when you are saying "I DO", is how will your wedding ceremony reflect what it is you wish to say, both to each other and about each other, to your guests. Will your ceremony be a traditionally religious one, or do you wish to bring parts of who you are into the ceremony? Will it be sweet and romantic, spiritual or cultural? Do you wish to play and have a good time, and at the same time recognize the importance of the commitment you are making? All of these things are possible.
Who we are:
Rabbi Roger Ross received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from New York University, and received his Certificate in Spiritual Counseling from the New Seminary in New York City. Rabbi Ross was graduated from and received Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination) from the Rabbinical Seminary International.
Rabbi Ross is the Executive Director of the Rabbinical Seminary International as well as the Rabbinical Fellowship of America, International. He is a Board member of the International Federation of Rabbis, and is the Executive Director of the New Seminary. Rabbi Ross has a private practice in Marital Counseling as well as Spiritual Counseling for couple and singles.
Reverend Deborah Steen Ross graduated Ithaca College with a degree in Acting and Directing and received her Minister's Certification in Spiritual Counseling from the New Seminary in New York City. She is the Associate Director of the New Seminary.
In addition, she has been in the Holistic Health field for more than 20 years with certifications in Nutritional Counseling, Applied Kinesiology, Reiki - The Radiance Technique©, Hypnotherapy and Counseling. She has studied many forms of energy healing and has created her own technique called "Release®" which works with concepts of Issue Therapy and energetic release work.
She is the Owner and Director of the Center of the Shining Light, a spiritual and holistic center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Reverend Steen Ross teaches workshops in energy healing and has a private practice in spiritual counseling and healing work.