"Thank you for officiating at the beautiful ceremony of my daughter's wedding to Michael. You have a beautiful voice and we really appreciated your singing the benedictions. It was our first experience with an interfaith ceremony and we were very impressed with all the traditions. May God bless you and yours."
"I want to thank you for performing the wedding ceremony for my daughter Amy
Balsam and Javier Estrada this past Saturday. What a lovely ceremony!! You
truly made it personal and explained the ceremony beautifully. My guests
were all impressed as was I, Amy's father and Javier's mother. Thanks
"Ron, the ceremony was so lovely. It was really something of a gamble on my
part, considering we had met only once before the Bar Mitzvah. You were
wonderful. Exactly what I had hoped for. So many people complimented it and
were moved by it. Thank you."
"Thank you so much for conducting the wedding ceremony for Joanie and Alex.
It was significant, personal, totally suited to the two of them and involved
all the generations present and past. We were supremely happy with your
cantorial skills and delivery."
"Rabbi, I want to thank you for performing the wedding ceremony for my daughter Amy Balsam and Javier Estrada this past Saturday. What a lovely ceremony!! You truly made it personal and explained the ceremony beautifully. My guests were all impressed as was I, Amy's father and Javier's mother. Thanks again." Rona Balsam
"First of all, the ceremony on Saturday was absolutely beautiful. Part of our family is of Jewish origin in Eastern Europe, part is Catholic Eastern European, and now part is South American - I tell you this because I received comments from all elements of the family telling me how beautiful the ceremony was. No one felt excluded (religiously), and this was wonderful." Stu Segal
"Thank you for officiating at the beautiful ceremony of my daughter's wedding to Michael. You have a beautiful voice and we really appreciated your singing the benedictions. It was our first experience with an interfaith ceremony and we were very impressed with all the traditions. May God bless you and yours." Marion Jacobs
"Ron, We just wanted to thank you for such a beautiful ceremony ! And funny too!.....Extremely informative explaining every custom. Everyone was raving about it, and loved it. You really helped make the day easy and fun.....thank you so much again!" Ellen Fein, author of THE RULES
"Dear Ron, Yuri and I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful ceremony yesterday. I'm sorry we didn't get to say a proper goodbye; we got so wrapped up with the first dance we couldn't break away. We are so thankful to have had you there to marry us and we will forever be grateful to you! I think you have acquired a pretty large fan base from our wedding attendees....they all thought you were wonderful! Thank you again. Yuri and I are very happy and look forward to a wonderful life together! Your friends, Yuri and Brielle PS - maybe we'll call you for the bris! Hahah" Brielle Brown
"I just wanted to tell you that everyone at my daughters Bat Mitzvah was incredibly impressed with your service the Jewish and the non-Jewish alike. If you ever need a referral I would be very happy to provide one. We couldn't have asked for a better service. " Michelle Ellman
"Dear Rabbi Ron: You were the best and we all appreciate your assistance that helped make Marisa's Bat Mitzvah so special. You were terrific to work with and I would be happy to recommend you to anyone, call on me if you would like a letter to add to your files. Again, sincere thanks." Jesse R. Gottlieb
"Hardly a day goes by without fond mention of Ron's awesome Bar Mitzvah. Not only were we deeply touched by the beautiful and unique ceremony, but all in attendance (many of them unfamiliar with Jewish ceremonies) were transformed by the experience. I certainly do, and will continue to mention you every opportunity I get. Take care." Sharon Hussein
"Ron, We were so proud of Ian. He did such a nice job and we have gotten so many calls about the service! Everyone just thought you were terrific and the service was so warm! Please let us know if we can ever be a reference for you for another student!!! Thanks again!" Ellen and Michael Bass
"Thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony. Your guitar added a beautiful touch. Everyone commented on how enjoyable it was. Lenny is fantastic. Bradley really enjoyed having him as a tutor." Pamela Clarke
"Hi Ron, We are just winding down from celebrating. What a fantastic day we had. We received so many compliments on your service and on Doug's readings. You and Sharon were a perfect team for Doug from preparation to the ceremony. Within the next couple of months we will contact you as we prepare for Spencer's Bar Mitzvah. We are looking at November 2010, sometime before Thanksgiving (probably earlier in the month). We would like to continue using Sharon as Spencer's tutor." Barry and Gio Gliner
"Dear Ron, Allen, Jason and my family would like you to know how thankful we are that you performed Jason's Bar-Mitzvah service. Your voice is beautiful and the whole family admired your guitar playing and words of wisdom!! The service was LOVELY. We will certainly recommend you to our friends who are in similar situations. Again, words cannot express our gratitude on how you handled Jason's service. Thank you so much for all of your guidance and help!" Beth Klee
"Ron We had so many wonderful comments about how beautiful the service was. Thank you so much, it was just what we envisioned for Sophia when I first called you. She was very proud of herself, just as we were proud of her. You did a great job with Sophia and I know how obstinate she was at times. We will also miss seeing you on Tuesdays. Eric and I would like to make a donation in your honor, do you have a favorite charity, or cause? Have a good year." Marianne Klamer
"Dear Ron, Thank you so much -- for the wonderful ceremony yesterday and for all you did over the past 18 months. I was very, very pleased with everything Nick learned and I thought the service was absolutely lovely. In fact, many people made a special point of telling me they thought so, too. Even my husband the atheist was completely delighted! It was the perfect Act I to an incredibly fulfilling and joyous day. Best, Tracy" Tracy Bernstein
"Rabbi, I'd like to thank you again for giving my mother such a beautiful funeral. You conduct yourself with a very gentle and sincere countenance. We visited my brother Isaac afterwards, and I know your service as well as her children reunited would have pleased my mother greatly." Jacob Bondell
"Dear Rabbi Broden, I just want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at my mother, Joy Raden's, funeral today. Your remarks not only captured the essence of my mother as a person but were also delivered in a comforting and healing manner. I left the ceremony feeling calm and peaceful. You did a mitzvah by helping me through my grieving process. I spoke to the others in attendance, and everybody else felt exactly the same way" Matthew Raden
"Please accept this donation to your discretionary fund in memory of our mother and grandmother. We all thank you for the lovely service which you conducted and for the eulogy which celebrated her life. To all in attendance it sounded as if you knew her very well." The family of Bertha Steinberg
"Ron: I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your handling of my mother’s funeral and unveiling this past weekend. If I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn you had known her all your life! You were able to pick out the salient points in the stories we all threw at you just moments before you had to speak, and you helped us through a most difficult time with grace and dignity – and a sense of humor my parents would have appreciated." Joanne Mahnken
"Dear Ron, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you conducted on Sunday for mom and dad. I heard so many nice comments from my family and friends, and I know mom and dad would tell you the same if they could! If I'm in need of a Rabbi in the future, you will be the man I call. I'm so happy to live in the age of the internet or we never would have found you. Again, thank you so much." Sue Turturo
"Dear Cantor Broden, Just a note to say thank you for making Skylar's Bat Mitzvah so wonderful. You did a great job (and of course so did Skylar!). I am so pleased that I found you on the Internet because both my granddaughters were able to partake in the wonderful ceremonies that they perhaps would not have been able to under other circumstances. We thoroughly enjoyed your music and your humor also. I hope other people are as lucky as we were to have you conduct the ceremony. We will certainly recommend you to anyone who is in search of a Rabbi/Cantor for any ceremony--Bar or Bat Mitzvah or Wedding. So a big thank you for making our day so wonderful--these moments are the ones we cherish." Best regards, Suzanne and Barry
Alex and I feel like we just had the greatest day of lives. Our families and friends were so touched by your words, your style and by your incredible voice. My parents felt like you spoke like you knew us a long time, and everyone felt that we had found the perfect officient in you.
We have two nephews in our car right now as we are all caravanning to the Catskills, and we could not be happier. If we can be a reference for you in any way, provide a quote on your website, just let us know. We feel like more same sex couples - any couples - need to find you!
" Warmly, Clyde and Alex
Pardon me for this late message of thanks for your quality program and everything that you (and Teddy Klaus) did to enable Aaron to have his Bar Mitzvah. Of course, Aaron, his father, and the rest of us all did our part and the wonderful people who came and brought their enthusiasm and good spirits did theirs. Having the event on Passover added to the good will and pleasure of the experience. However, without you, it could never have happened.
You are a great person, inspiring Cantor/Rabbi and wonderful musician. It was great to sing LShana Habba-ah at the end and even with the English translation available to help everyone join in.
" Muriel Morris
"Dear Cantor Broden,
Just a note to say thank you for making Skylar's Bat Mitzvah so wonderful. You did a great job (and of course so did Skylar!).
I am so pleased that I found you on the Internet because both my granddaughters were able to partake in the wonderful ceremonies that they perhaps would not have been able to under other circumstances.
We thoroughly enjoyed your music and your humor also.
I hope other people are as lucky as we were to have you conduct the ceremony. We will certainly recommend you to anyone who is in search of a Rabbi/Cantor for any ceremony--Bar or Bat Mitzvah or Wedding.
So a big thank you for making our day so wonderful--these moments are the ones we cherish.
Suzanne and Barry Siegel" Suzanne Siegel
Just wanted to send a note of Thanks for the details, the Italian, and the joyous sentiment of Judaism, and love that you infused into our wedding ceremony. I have been getting emails and phone calls about how incredible our Rabbi was and his song and his inclusion of Italian.
Thank you for making our day so meaningful for all. Much love and joy to you and your family.
Maria and Daniel Hyman
" Maria Hyman
"Hello Cantor Broden. We wanted to thank you so much for a beautiful bar mitzvah service and for working so hard with Shane. We were so pleased. Please use us as a reference for any future students. Thanks again.
" Mona Silfen
"I can't express how thankful we are to you for such a beautiful ceremony this weekend. Everything was perfect, and our guests were impressed with how personable you were. We couldn't have asked for a nicer person. We will always remember you. Yours truly, Chris & Erika Gunther
" Christine Mascia-Gunther
You may have seen that I just sent a note to Sara thanking her for all her work with Daniel.
Similarly, Isabel and I want to express our thanks, gratitude and appreciation to you for helping get Daniel to and through his Bar Mitzvah. As you know, Sara did a great job tutoring Daniel and we thank you for hooking us up with Sara.
You were a great help in setting up the lessons and then providing us with all the materials we would need for the ceremony. As was the case with Alexander's Bar Mitzvah, the ceremony you conducted was beautiful and dignified, interesting and fun. Everyone remarked to Isabel & me about how much they enjoyed the ceremony and what you brought to it.
We wish you every blessing and thank you for enabling this very significant moment in Daniel's and our lives.
All the best to you.
Tom & Isabel
" Tom and Isabel Roche
"Dear Rabbi Broden,
Sheldon and I would like to thank you for making Jessica and Jarredís wedding ceremony such a beautiful and meaningful one. Many of our guests commented on the service you preformed and told us how much they enjoyed it. We can only hope that Jessica and Jarredís life together will be as wonderful as their wedding was. Thank you so much.
" Lynda Kessler
"I just have to take a brief moment to say thank you sooooooooo much! I had a vision of what the day would be like and you blew me out of the water.
You are so charming and kind. With a beautiful voice. The service was beyond delightful!! I can't wait for Garrett's bar mitzvah. It was an absolute pleasure to have you as the main event in Sydney's day.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I think our family wants to adopt you!!! You are now very popular here.
Use me as a glowing reference whenever you need to!
" Linda Kessler
I want to thank you again for such a beautiful and meaningful service. We were so impressed with your singing and especially playing the guitar. You gave such a personal touch to the service and made it so much more interesting than a traditional Shabbat service in the synagogue. Lauren did such a terrific job with her torah and Haftorah portions and really read the English speeches so nice and slowly. Sara was so patient with Lauren and went through all of the Hebrew with her so diligently. Everyone was calling us to tell us how much they enjoyed the service.
Also, my mom, Barbara Rifkin (the woman who told you that she thought you would be a great candidate for American Idol), gave your name/number to a friend of hers, Judy Davis, whose daughter and her partner plan to have a bnei mitzvah for their twins in Westchester. Hopefully they will call you.
" Barrie Shackman
Just wanted to again thank you for performing a beautiful Bat Mitzvah for our daughter.We have had friends say that want to convert to Judaism because it was the most memorable service they had ever attended. Our Jewish friends and family also raved about the meaningfulness of it. Of course, everyone enjoyed the party but the true highlight of the night was the ceremony.
Gary & Sheila
" Gary and Sheila Maier