Honoring Relationship Milestones

As our relationships grow and deepen, many of us seek to celebrate these changes. We offer blessings and rituals to sanctify the complexity of our intimate relationships and celebrate their resilience.


By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman and Rabbi Renee Bauer
A new tena'im (engagement) document for same-gender and mixed-gender couples   more

Tags: LGBTIQ, tenaim


By Joshua Yan and Alison Engel
The tena'im document, a prewedding contract of the conditions on which the marriage will stand, is an Ashkenazic tradition of engagement. Here is one example.   more

Tags: tenaim

Tena'im (Engagement) Ceremony

By Joshua Yan and Alison Engel
A tena'im ceremony based on a traditional version but using a new tena'im contract spelling out the couple's mutual obligations in marriage   more
Complete Ceremony

A Blessing for a First Sexual Experience

By Rabbi Rona Shapiro
Although Judaism offers myriad blessings for every event, there has traditionally been no way to mark one's first sexual experience. The author discusses the need for such a blessing and offers a possibility.   more

Tags: shehekheyanu, sex