Designed to accommodate couples who are comfortable with mainstream Reform Judaism. Simultaneously voicing a deep commitment to Judaism and a pluralistic commitment to be welcoming to all, this text speaks to shared communal values, participation in Judaism, as well as the couple’s promises for the kind of marriage, home, and family they want to create.
(This text is slightly different from the Reform 1 - it’s an earlier version, so it’s very similar with a few small changes)
This ketubah witnesses before God and all those present that on the ______ day of the month of ______ in the year _____, which corresponds to _______ __, ____, [the bride/kallah/groom/hatan/beloved,] ____________ (name 1), [son/daughter/child of _______ and ________ _______] and [the bride/kallah/groom/hatan/beloved,] ____________ (name 2), [son/daughter/child of _______ and ________ _______,] stood under the chuppah in _______, ________ to enter the holy covenant of marriage. With love and reverence, they declared: “With these rings, we consecrate ourselves in marriage according to the traditions of Moses and Israel.”
We promise to be equal partners, loving friends, and supportive companions throughout our lives. We value in each other and ourselves the qualities of compassion and forgiveness, understanding and wisdom. Our love will provide us with the strength to be ourselves while cherishing the beauty of our differences. We promise to share in each other’s dreams while not forgetting our own. Because we cherish the closeness that allows us to express our innermost thoughts and feelings, we promise to give one another respect, trust, and support throughout our lives together. We promise to support and comfort each other in times of sorrow and to share our joys and triumphs. We will create a home where all are welcome, and fill it with laughter, empathy, faith, imagination, trust, friendship, companionship, and love.
With our family and in our home, we will celebrate Jewish holidays, honor the traditions of Judaism, and devote ourselves to learning, charity, and acts of loving kindness. If we have children in our new family, we will teach them courtesy and compassion and we will live the values we teach them.
_____ and _____ then together declared before God and all present that they have signed their names to this ketubah of their own free will without reservation or restraint.
Most ketubah designs will be satisfyingly legible with this text in Hebrew and English, even at the small sizes.
Hebrew names appear in the Hebrew text and English names are used in the English text, unless otherwise requested. If you like you can have your Hebrew names written phonetically in English.
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