Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill
Flexible, Open-Minded, and Personable with a Good Sense of Humor
For the past twenty years, Rabbi Gershon has been performing Jewish, Interfaith, and non-denominational lifecycle ceremonies including weddings, bar mitzvahs, baby namings, funerals and renewal of vows for Jewish and Interfaith families. Because of his commitment to work with Interfaith couples, he understands the needs of not only the couple’s desire to honor both traditions, but is able to help with the concerns that arise from family members and guests. Rabbi Gershon is experienced and willing to perform co-officiated services with clergy from different traditions, as well as, marry non-Jewish couples. He is willing to travel anywhere to conduct a wedding ceremony.(Additional travel fees required)
Rabbi Gershon is different than most other rabbis:
- Open and accepting of all traditions, seeing them all equal.
- Ceremony Your Way “It’s your ritual, make the ceremony the way you want it”.
- Co-officiates with respect and honoring of the other tradition.
- Balanced, harmonious and respectful both traditions.
- Specializes in performing Saturday services, any time of day.
- Mid-Week Weddings and Ceremonies
It is important to him that the time honored traditions are celebrated in a way that makes the wedding guests feel comfortable. Therefore, explanation of the symbolism is done during the ceremony and written material can be provided for the wedding program.Rabbi Gershon’s mission is to deliver personalized milestone ceremonies that speaks to the needs, beliefs, cultural background and values of the bride and groom. Nothing is imposed upon them. Through a collaborative creative process with the couple, his partner Yehudit and himself, the ceremony is designed to fulfill the visions and ideals of their clients.
Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill, wedding officiant, has been officiating Jewish, Interfaith, Cross-cultural and LGBT ceremonies in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma Wine region and beyond for over a decade. His warm hearted, open and flexible delivery style has received accolades from everyone whom he with whom he works, from couples to wedding professionals. He assists you in creating a ceremony that fits your spiritual and cultural background. It is his belief that it is your ceremony and it should be the way you want it.
Some of the Benefits of working with Rabbi Gershon:
- Special honorarium fees for mid-week weddings
- Performs Saturday Weddings anytime of the day
- Co-officiates with other clergy
- Preferred clergy co-officiant list
- Discounts for Ketubah and other items
For over a decade, Rabbi Gershon has been serving the unaffiliated Jewish community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, he maintains an ”Ask A Rabbi” teaching hundreds of students, around the globe Jewish Ethics, Torah and Basic Judaism, from a compassionate universalist viewpoint. His writings appear on numerous websites throughout the internet including Beliefnet.com. Join him on Facebook
Knowledgeable and studied in many traditions of Judaism; Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Mizrachi.
From the ancient traditions of handing down knowledge through private rabbinic mentors and receiving smichah ordination, Rabbi Gershon understands and embraces all branches of Jewish traditions as equal and authentic, a concept known as flexidoxy developed by Rabbi Gershon Winkler, an orthodox rabbi.
Rabbi Gershon began his studies in the mid 1960’s in Seattle Washington with teachers in Sephardic tradition Rabbi Soloman Maimen at Yeshivat Bikor Cholim Sepharad and Rabbi Jack Greenberg at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. Continuing his Ashkenazi studies of Conservative and Reform Judaism through the 70’s and in the mid 1980’s became lay rabbi of Community Ahavat Israel in Boise Idaho, a position he held until his move to Berkeley in 1995 to attend Yeshivat Chochmat Halev. Studying with Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank z”tl, Rabbi Avram Davis, and Rabbi Gershon Winkler. In 1998 received Orthodox smikah[ordination] from Rabbi Gershon Winkler with a specialty in performing life-cycle ceremonies.
I endorse Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill’s teachings. Again, you’re beautiful! I love your responses. Next to mine, they are the best I see these days, sometimes even surpassing mine. Rabbi Gershon Winkler
Since his ordination, he has been crafting and performing Jewish life-cycle events throughout the San Francisco region from Big Sur, Carmel and Monterrey and all of Northern California including the Sierras, Napa and Sonoma Wine County, Seattle Washington,Jackson Hole, Wyoming, British Columbia and a number of times in Mexico .
How to Reserve Rabbi Gershon for a service or ceremony
- Complete the form below to check Rabbi Gershon’s availability on your date.
- Include the date and time of your ceremony in the message box.
- We’ll arrange a phone consultation with the rabbi, once we receive your request by sending you a followup email within 36 hrs. to make an appointment to speak with him directly.
- If you prefer to speak with us directly, call the office 707-732-9414 ext. #3. Leave a voice message and we’ll return your call shortly. We check our messages many times throughout the day.
We monitor and answer all emails within 36 hours during business hours. If you do not hear from us, please TEXT Yehudit at 415-505-1169. We are happy to hear from you and answer your questions.