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Interfaith Clergy Network / Jewish Lifecycle Services Established in 1971, the Interfaith Clergy Network is a group of seminary educated, compassionate, and highly experienced Jewish and Christian clergy.

Now over 50 years ago, Rabbi Shimon L. Berris, of blessed memory (2020) from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and his close friend and colleague, Reverend Justin Herbst, of blessed memory (2005), a Roman Catholic priest from Mount Holly, began to fulfill a mutual calling outside of the accepted institutional parameters of their individual faith communities. They recognized the opportunity to assist familie

Now over 50 years ago, Rabbi Shimon L. Berris, of blessed memory (2020) from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and his close friend and colleague, Reverend Justin Herbst, of blessed memory (2005), a Roman Catholic priest from Mount Holly, began to fulfill a mutual calling outside of the accepted institutional parameters of their individual faith communities. They recognized the opportunity to assist familie

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May you and your loved ones be sealed for Life, good health, compassion, and peace on this Yom Kippur and all throughout...
10/04/2022

May you and your loved ones be sealed for Life, good health, compassion, and peace on this Yom Kippur and all throughout the year!

Very handsome (and a little unsure about all the fuss 😇) Lucas Matthew was given the Hebrew names “Avi Cal” - אבי קל in ...
10/03/2022

Very handsome (and a little unsure about all the fuss 😇) Lucas Matthew was given the Hebrew names “Avi Cal” - אבי קל in honor and loving memory of his beloved grandfather, Christiansen Angel Linderman… and received the Sacrament of Baptism with Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Fr. John Michael O’Sullivan ✝️ sharing this very beautiful celebration of his family’s faiths. Mazal Tov and congratulations to Joanna, Michael, and big brother, Jordan Chris on this great occasion! 🎈

Bridgette and Colin shared their long-awaited wedding day at the elegant Beach Club Estate overlooking Lake Ronkonkoma o...
09/28/2022

Bridgette and Colin shared their long-awaited wedding day at the elegant Beach Club Estate overlooking Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island on a beautiful early fall evening 🌙! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ was honored to celebrate Bridgette’s Jewish heritage together with their loving families and so many friends who embraced this new husband and wife - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🍾🎈

The New Year signifies reflection and encouragement to make a fresh start. With fall upon us and the Jewish New Year 578...
09/25/2022

The New Year signifies reflection and encouragement to make a fresh start. With fall upon us and the Jewish New Year 5783 ✡️ beginning, we look forward to this holiday season with hope and happiness for the future. May your celebration of Rosh Hashanah be filled with laughter and love with great friends and beloved family.

Cantor Neil Berris, Mary Beth, David, Rayna, Palo, and all of our clergy from the Interfaith Clergy Network wish you abundant blessings of good health, prosperity, much joy, and
peace throughout the coming year and always! 🍯🍎🍷

L'Shanah Tova! 🌞

The Park Savoy Estate and Chapel in Florham Park, NJ was the idyllic setting for Elyssa and Mike’s fabulous wedding day ...
09/19/2022

The Park Savoy Estate and Chapel in Florham Park, NJ was the idyllic setting for Elyssa and Mike’s fabulous wedding day celebration with Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Fr. Richard Gross ✝️ co-officiating their very beautiful ceremony! Mazal Tov and congratulations to all who shared this long-awaited occasion… honored parents, and so many extended family and friends! Now off to Mexico for a relaxing honeymoon! 🌞🍾

A magnificent gathering and celebration at Jennifer and Brandon’s lovely home as Mila Adeline Martin received her Hebrew...
09/19/2022

A magnificent gathering and celebration at Jennifer and Brandon’s lovely home as Mila Adeline Martin received her Hebrew name, Chaya Adiya and was Baptized with Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Fr. Kenneth Reihl ✝️ sharing these beautiful ceremonies. Mazal Tov and congratulations to Mila’s beaming parents, honored grandparents, extended family, and so many friends who enjoyed this bright, late summer afternoon! 🌞🎈😎

Mazal Tov and congratulations to this very handsome young man, Shane Edwards Ben-Hayon on becoming Bar Mitzvah ✡️ at the...
09/11/2022

Mazal Tov and congratulations to this very handsome young man, Shane Edwards Ben-Hayon on becoming Bar Mitzvah ✡️ at the magnificent Forest Lodge in Warren Township, NJ! Shane was flawless and so confident as he recited the blessings, prayers, and verses from his Torah portion, Ki Tetsei - he and Cantor Neil Berris led a lively Shabbat Friday evening service embraced by loving parents, Erin and Ellan, brother, Jake, honored grandparents, extended family and so many friends! 🌞🎈

May her long legacy of service and achievement always be remembered for a blessing - זיכרונה לברכה 🌞
09/09/2022

May her long legacy of service and achievement always be remembered for a blessing - זיכרונה לברכה 🌞

Jennifer and Gabriel accomplished their dream of a fabulous wedding day celebration in scenic Freeport on the South Shor...
08/28/2022

Jennifer and Gabriel accomplished their dream of a fabulous wedding day celebration in scenic Freeport on the South Shore of Long Island! Rabbi Mark Getman ✡️ was greatly honored to officiate their beautiful ceremony with so many extended family and friends surrounding this awesome couple with love and excitement 🤩 Mazal Tov and congratulations to this amazing new husband and wife! 🍾🎈

A fabulous and unforgettable wedding day celebration for (Dr.) Andrea and Zachary at The Carltun in beautiful Eisenhower...
08/15/2022

A fabulous and unforgettable wedding day celebration for (Dr.) Andrea and Zachary at The Carltun in beautiful Eisenhower Park - East Meadow on Long Island 🌞😎! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Reverend Anthony Gambuzza ✝️ shared a magnificent ceremony as this awesome couple began their marriage embraced by their ecstatic families and so many friends on this perfect summer afternoon - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🎈🍾

Allyson and Bruce happily arranged and shared their Golden 50th (“Yovel”) Wedding Anniversary celebration at the histori...
08/15/2022

Allyson and Bruce happily arranged and shared their Golden 50th (“Yovel”) Wedding Anniversary celebration at the historic Plainfield Country Club in Edison, NJ on a magnificent summer morning 🌞🍾! Cantor Neil Berris was truly honored to officiate a beautiful and poignant ceremony for this amazing couple surrounded by their loving children, grandchildren, and so many friends… Mazal Tov and congratulations on this wonderful occasion! 🎈💍

A fabulous wedding celebration at the historic and most elegant Gotham Hall in midtown Manhattan surely makes a statemen...
08/07/2022

A fabulous wedding celebration at the historic and most elegant Gotham Hall in midtown Manhattan surely makes a statement… Hayley and Chris most assuredly deserved the very best on their wedding day 🍾! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Reverend Anthony Gambuzza ✝️ were so honored with the distinct privilege of co-officiating their memorable wedding ceremony surrounded by Hayley and Chris’ adoring families and so many friends. Now off to Italy 🇮🇹 for an unparalleled honeymoon 🌞 - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🥂

Finally… finally, beautiful Jessica and handsome James celebrated the wedding of their dreams (twice delayed!) at The Lo...
08/01/2022

Finally… finally, beautiful Jessica and handsome James celebrated the wedding of their dreams (twice delayed!) at The Loft at Bridgeview in Island Park (LI) on a magnificent summer afternoon 🌞! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Reverend Anthony Gambuzza ✝️ shared a fabulous waterfront ceremony with family and friends embracing this awesome couple - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🎈🍾

A very beautiful Shabbat morning 🌞 at The Watermill in Smithtown (LI) as Jeremy David Walters became Bar Mitzvah ✡️! Jer...
07/30/2022

A very beautiful Shabbat morning 🌞 at The Watermill in Smithtown (LI) as Jeremy David Walters became Bar Mitzvah ✡️! Jeremy and Cantor Neil Berris led a very lively service - Jeremy’s recitation of the blessings, prayers, and his Torah portion from Parashat Ma’say was confident and flawless. Mazal Tov to loving parents, Lori and Dave, Jeremy’s sister, Abby, and especially honored grandparents, Grandma Bonnie, Grandpa Sandy (Jeremy proudly wore his Tallit 💙), Ba and Papa… a fabulous celebration!

07/25/2022
Kelly and Joseph celebrated their fabulous wedding day at The Mill at Lakeside Manor in Spring Lake Heights, NJ - a pris...
07/18/2022

Kelly and Joseph celebrated their fabulous wedding day at The Mill at Lakeside Manor in Spring Lake Heights, NJ - a pristine location on a sultry July afternoon 🌞! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Reverend Eileen Lindner ✝️ (Kelly’s family pastor) collaborated on a beautiful and memorable ceremony as together they welcomed K and J’s loving families and friends - Mazal Tov and congratulations 🍾🎈!

Alexandra and Steven dreamed of a “destination wedding” celebration at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in scenic Murrell’s ...
06/29/2022

Alexandra and Steven dreamed of a “destination wedding” celebration at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in scenic Murrell’s Inlet (Myrtle Beach), South Carolina 🌴 and they were blessed with their wish 🌞! Cantor Lisa Levine (Brookville, MD) ✡️ and Fr. Richard Gross, S. J. (Boston, MA) ✝️ were honored and excited for this opportunity to co-officiate at this magnificent setting… Mazal Tov and congratulations to this terrific couple, their parents, Delaine, Mark, Marla, and Hal, and everyone who joined them! 🎈🍾

Kathleen and Daniel celebrated their wedding day first with a beautiful ceremony in the magnificent and truly historic S...
06/27/2022

Kathleen and Daniel celebrated their wedding day first with a beautiful ceremony in the magnificent and truly historic St. John the Evangelist Church ⛪️ in Center City Philadelphia, co-officiated by Fr. John McCloskey ✝️ and Cantor Neil Berris ✡️. The sanctuary pews were filled with Kate and Dan’s adoring families and so many friends… everyone gathered later at the exciting Vie for a fabulous reception - Mazal Tov and congratulations to this awesome new husband and wife! 🍾🎈

Katie and Jim are more than ready to begin their fabulous wedding celebration at the most elegant and historic Ritz Carl...
06/19/2022

Katie and Jim are more than ready to begin their fabulous wedding celebration at the most elegant and historic Ritz Carlton Hotel opposite City Hall in Center City Philadelphia 🔔! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Reverend Anthony Gambuzza ✝️ were greatly honored to share this magnificent occasion with so many of Katie and Jim’s family and friends surrounding them with love 💕 and best wishes for a lifetime of good health, prosperity, and success. Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🍾🎈

“Father’s Day” 2022… a single day within the year to celebrate, emulate, reflect, and express gratitude to every father ...
06/19/2022

“Father’s Day” 2022… a single day within the year to celebrate, emulate, reflect, and express gratitude to every father within our immediate and extended families from whom we have experienced unconditional love, gained wisdom and strength, and learned responsibility…

Here are my fathers:

Shimon L. Berris z”l - my father
Harvey D. Freedman z”l - my father-in-law
David I. Berris z”l - my paternal grandfather
Hyman I. Falk z”l - my maternal grandfather

“In my life I loved you all” 💙

Jennifer and Shane were blessed with a healthy and handsome son, Ryan Grant and today we celebrated his 1st birthday 🎂 w...
06/13/2022

Jennifer and Shane were blessed with a healthy and handsome son, Ryan Grant and today we celebrated his 1st birthday 🎂 with the duality of beautiful Naming and Baptism ceremonies at Fogo de Chao on Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Fr. John Michael O’Sullivan ✝️ were honored to co-officiate as the morning rains cleared, and so many of Jennifer and Shane’s extended families and friends embraced them and Ryan - Mazal Tov and Happy Birthday! 🎊

Alyssa and Ryan are so rightly proud of their beautiful daughter, Hannah Paige, who was given the Hebrew names “Chana Mi...
06/13/2022

Alyssa and Ryan are so rightly proud of their beautiful daughter, Hannah Paige, who was given the Hebrew names “Chana Michaela” at a fabulous Simchat Bat ✡️ celebration at their magnificent home in Medford, NJ. Cantor Neil Berris was honored and grateful to share this wonderful occasion - he officiated Alyssa and Ryan’s wedding ceremony in East Brunswick in 2020 - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🌞🎈

Shabbat Shalom - שבת שלום ומברך!
06/10/2022

Shabbat Shalom - שבת שלום ומברך!

An absolutely “perfect weather” afternoon at the historic Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, NJ as a multitude of family...
06/06/2022

An absolutely “perfect weather” afternoon at the historic Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, NJ as a multitude of family and friends gathered to celebrate Marissa and Paul’s fabulous wedding day! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ guided this beautiful bride and handsome groom through their magnificent ceremony and marriage vows - it was truly an unforgettable occasion for everyone. Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🌞🍷🎈

Melanie and Sal were glowing and so grateful as their third attempt for a fabulous celebration of their marriage was fin...
06/06/2022

Melanie and Sal were glowing and so grateful as their third attempt for a fabulous celebration of their marriage was finally accomplished at the magnificent Tribeca 360 in Manhattan! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Fr. Richard Gross, S.J. ✝️ were honored to share in a beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony surrounded by Mel and Sal’s adoring families and so many friends - now off to Italy 🇮🇹! Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🎈🍾

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06/06/2022

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On this Memorial Day 2022 the immortal and plain-spoken words of President Harry S. Truman… May their lives and memories...
05/29/2022

On this Memorial Day 2022 the immortal and plain-spoken words of President Harry S. Truman… May their lives and memories always be remembered for a blessing. זכרונם לברכה 🕍 ⛪️ 🕌

A magnificent Shabbat morning 🌞 celebration full of love, hope, and the promise of this beautiful family as Carlee Eliza...
05/29/2022

A magnificent Shabbat morning 🌞 celebration full of love, hope, and the promise of this beautiful family as Carlee Elizabeth Hilferty, sister to big brother, Matthew 😊 was given the Hebrew names “Chaya Esther” as a tribute to her strong and determined Great Grandmothers, Bubba Clara and Grandma Emily! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ was greatly honored to officiate as he did for Heather and Billy’s wedding in March 2015 - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🎈

05/29/2022
A most beautiful summer-like Shabbat morning at Smithtown Landing ⛳️… a perfect setting for Sophie Fay Barcus to celebra...
05/22/2022

A most beautiful summer-like Shabbat morning at Smithtown Landing ⛳️… a perfect setting for Sophie Fay Barcus to celebrate becoming Bat Mitzvah ✡️! Cantor Neil Berris was greatly honored to share this magnificent Simcha with Sophie’s loving parents, Caryn and Seth, older brother, Benjamin (Bar Mitzvah in 2019), Grandparents, Sheila, Bob, and Nancy, extended family (some from Australia 🦘!), and so many friends! Sophie was fabulous - Mazal Tov! 🎈

Michelle and Matthew chose the very beautiful and historic Renault Winery 🍷 in Egg Harbor City, NJ as the setting for th...
05/19/2022

Michelle and Matthew chose the very beautiful and historic Renault Winery 🍷 in Egg Harbor City, NJ as the setting for their magnificent wedding celebration 🌞! Our colleagues, Rabbi Dennis Tobin ✡️ and Reverend Dr. Shaun Ake-Little ✝️ shared a poignant and memorable ceremony on this lovely spring evening. Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🎈🍾

The fabulous Manhattan skyline was the perfect backdrop for Elizabeth and David’s magical wedding celebration at the Lib...
05/16/2022

The fabulous Manhattan skyline was the perfect backdrop for Elizabeth and David’s magical wedding celebration at the Liberty House in Jersey City 🌞🍾! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ and Reverend Anthony Gambuzza ✝️ shared the happy couple’s joyful ceremony on a beautiful sun-filled afternoon surrounded Liz and David’s adoring families and friends - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🎈🍷

A little rain 🌧 was truly a blessing on Meryl and Ryan’s most beautiful wedding day at Martell’s Waters Edge in scenic B...
05/16/2022

A little rain 🌧 was truly a blessing on Meryl and Ryan’s most beautiful wedding day at Martell’s Waters Edge in scenic Bayville, NJ 🎈🍾! Cantor Neil Berris ✡️ was greatly honored to officiate a very personal and memorable ceremony as this new husband and wife were embraced by their loving families and many friends - Mazal Tov and congratulations! 🌞

A very special Simcha for our family as our son, David Max Berris receives his J. D. degree from the University of Miami...
05/11/2022

A very special Simcha for our family as our son, David Max Berris receives his J. D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law! He shares this distinction with his revered Great Grandfather, Zaide, and namesake, David Isser Berris who graduated from the Detroit College of Law 94 years ago in 1928. David’s cousin, Emily Berris Fernandez graduated from Michigan State University School of Law in 2014 - Mazal Tov and well done!

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Over 48 years ago, Rabbi Shimon L. Berris (retired) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and his close friend and colleague, Reverend Justin Herbst (of blessed memory), a Roman Catholic priest from Mount Holly, began to fulfill a mutual calling outside of the accepted institutional parameters of their individual faith communities. They recognized the opportunity to assist families by co-officiating together at inter-religious life cycle celebrations and events. Since the inception of the Interfaith Clergy Network, our Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant clergy have officiated at thousands of Weddings, Blessing, Naming and Baptism ceremonies, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations throughout the United States and in several other countries as well. Our current clergy associates (23 in five states!) are all seminary educated, with years of compassionate service and experience in synagogues, temples, parishes, congregations, and chaplaincies. With over thirty years of pulpit, educational, youth and adult camping, and administrative experience, Cantor Neil A. Berris is honored to offer your family his personal attention and sensitive approach in officiating at all life cycle rites and ceremonies of the Jewish faith, and together with any of our Christian colleagues or a priest, pastor, or minister, that you have chosen for your celebration.

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Benjamin Kent Shapiro received his Hebrew name, “Matan Lior” and the Sacrament of Baptism in a beautiful ceremony shared by Cantor Neil Berris and Deacon Richard Goglia on a lovely Spring afternoon. Beaming parents, Danielle and Greg, and Godparents, Katie and Neil were joined by honored grandparents, extended family and many friends wishing Benny Mazal Tov and congratulations! ✡️ ✝️
“Kabed et Avicha v’et Imecha” - within the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12) we are given the Mitzvah to honor our parents... and what is the reward? A long and prosperous life! On this very special day we celebrate our Mothers and wives, the women in our lives who gave us life, unconditional love, and the most enduring qualifying of Jewish life... “Mishpacha” - Family! Happy Mother’s Day! ✡️ 🌺
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