Cantor Mike,

We wanted to thank you again for officiating our beautiful ceremony. You truly created the perfect tribute to both of our faiths and made us both feel so special up at the Chuppah. We are so incredibly appreciative. Additionally, thank you for organizing our amazing Horah and celebrating the night away with us.

All the best,

Lily and Josh

Interfaith Wedding Ceremony (summer 2023)

My daughter's wedding ceremony was one of the greatest moments of my life. Your tone, the mood you created, and the things you said, were so special and meaningful. We can't thank you enough.
David B.
Interfaith Wedding Ceremony (spring 2023)

Hi Cantor Mike,

Now that our out-of-town guests have left and things are going back to "normal", we wanted to thank you for an absolutely beautiful Bat Mitzvah service. We were SO impressed with Marley. She exceeded our expectations with the way she sang the prayers and her confident nature. The way you included the entire family, including the little kids and the older generation, was amazing. This was such a different experience than when I was a Bat Mitzvah and I couldn't be happier that she was part of something so meaningful and beautiful. My family was also blown away since we were all raised very differently and had a much more conservative experience. A million thank yous!!!!

Stacey Y.

Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (summer 2022)

That was so special Cantor Mike!!!! Thank you so, so much!!!! We are so grateful to have you in our lives! We are all still sharing stories - it's so special, thank you, thank you!!!! 

​Vanessa S.

Virtual Shiva Prayer Service (summer 2022)

Cantor Mike,

Thank you for everything. I'm so glad that we found you! Nearly every time I speak with my mom, she says something about how much she loved the ceremony. My grandmother was very touched as well. Thank you for all you did for Noah and all of us.

Ben R.

Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Living Room/Zoom Ceremony (summer 2020)

Cantor Mike,

Thank you for everything today. You made the service so special, warm, and engaging, and just perfect. And it was the first time I ever was up on a bimah and the first time I ever touched a Torah!

Lainie L.

Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (summer 2020)

Hi Cantor Mike,

A heartfelt thank you from all of us for such a special ceremony for Sammy. You have done so much for our family and it is greatly appreciated! Sammy told me how different it will be for him now that his tutoring with you is complete. He is very proud of himself and we are so proud of him as well!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Robin W.  :)

Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2019)

Dear Cantor Mike,

Thank you so much for all your time, dedication, and patience with our girls.  You've instilled such a fantastic foundation of Judaism in them.  We will be forever grateful. And we are so blessed to be able to experience this great day together!!

Much love and affection,

Kimberly and Glenn

B'not Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (summer 2016)

Hello Cantor Mike, 

We just wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful service that you did for Justin on Saturday. We got so many complements about how warm it was, and family oriented, and that you were funny, and that it was just a beautiful service! It was really amazing...

Meredith & Michael

Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (fall 2016)

Hi Cantor Mike, 

Thank you so much for such a beautiful and warm service. Everything was wonderful!

Robin W.

Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (summer 2016)

Dear Cantor Michael,

We can't even begin to explain how wonderful our wedding ceremony was!  Thank you so much for being part of our special day. We truly appreciate all you did to make it personal, traditional, and special!


Melissa & Michael (fall 2015)

Dear Cantor Mike,

Thank you for being a part of our wedding ceremony.  You made it extra special!  We are forever grateful.  Every single guest raved about how thoughtful and touching you were, and that you have a lovely voice.

With gratitude,

Isabella & Steve (summer 2015)

Dear Cantor Mike,

Thank you so much for all you have done to help us prepare for our wedding and for being our officiant. We appreciate your calming way and for getting to know us.


Julie & Ken (winter 2015)

Dear Cantor Michael,

It truly is a blessing to have you perform Lilah's ceremony in our home. Your service is always so heart- warming and uplifting. We are so happy to celebrate our daughter's life in this Jewish tradition and faith in G-d,


Melissa & Rob

Interfaith Naming Ceremony (fall 2014)

Dear Cantor Mike,
Thank you for the beautiful Bat Mitzvah ceremony for Gwyneth. It was a magnificent experience. When I saw the beautiful prayer book you put together for Gwyneth, the relevant and logical presentation during the ceremony, the Bat Mitzvah certificate, all done to perfection and attention one gives to family members... I received many compliments regarding the ceremony from our guests ... We were very lucky to have you in our lives! Mama talks a lot about ... and her feeling that she has a son visiting our house when you came for the lessons. Thank you again for being part of our celebrations for both our daughters.
Iuliana and family,
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2014)

Good morning Cantor,
We wanted to thank you again for making Halle’s Bat Mitzvah a very special and proud day. The Service was exceptional and we have received nothing but high complements from everyone. Your teachings will stay with her. Hope you had an enjoyable birthday!
Shabbat Shalom and a Zissen Pesach to all, 
Stu & Ardin
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2014)            

Hi Cantor,

We wanted to thank you for everything. The service was beautiful and exactly what we wanted.  You did a wonderful job as always. Thank you for getting Michael so prepared for his Bar Mitzvah, it has added years onto Grandpa Eddie's life and made him very proud as you know...
Best Regards,
Vince & Emily
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (winter 2013)    

Dear Cantor Mike,

Thank you so much for officiating our wedding ceremony. We are so pleased that we chose you for this special job! From the very beginning, you were a pleasure to work with. You made us both feel so comfortable - something that was extremely important to us since we are an interfaith couple. Many of our guests have told us how special, beautiful, and meaningful the ceremony was. We think you did a perfect job!
Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!
Amy and Chris C.    
Interfaith Wedding Ceremony (summer 2013)   

Hi Cantor Mike, it's me, Noah! Thank you so much for all the time and work that you put into the ceremony. I had the time of my life and got so many compliments. Thank u soooo much for teaching me the prayers. And by the way, in the end I'm kind of glad you made me sing the prayers [instead of just say them].  

Noah W. 
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2013) 

Hi Cantor Mike,
Just wanted to say thank you again for performing such a beautiful service yesterday for the boys' b'nai mitzvah. Glenn and I are so proud of them and they certainly couldn't have done it without you!
Marci & Glenn P.
B'nai Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (winter 2013)

 Dear Cantor Mike and Father Callahan,

 Rob and I were so extremely moved by the Baby Blessing Ceremony given by you both at our home this past Sunday. It was truly an intimate and moving spiritual experience. I was overcome by the love and uplifting energy which still resonates in our home from that special day. Thank you from the bottom of our heart and soul. 

Rob & Missy B.
Hebrew Baby Naming/Christening Ceremony (summer 2012)

Dear Cantor Mike,
Wow!  It was an amazing day!   Julia was confident and excited.
The family and friends were delighted to be together and to see her poise!
She was praised several times for "not one mistake!"
Thank you for your great teaching!!
Beth K.
Out-of-State (PA) Telephone Bat Mitzvah Lessons (summer 2012)                   

Dear Cantor Mike,
A very big thanks again for all you did to make Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah as wonderful an event as it could be.   The service was wonderful. All you did to get Soph across the finish line was wonderful.  We could not be more pleased.  We were all aglow yesterday just taking it all in.  Sophie herself remains absolutely ecstatic (and proud of herself).
Glen B.
Out-of-State (NJ) Telephone Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (summer 2012)

Hello Cantor Mike,
Shari and I wanted to thank you for the beautiful ceremony. Many of our friends and relatives were very impressed with the service. It was just great.
All the best!
Phil K.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony, Special Needs Child (summer 2012)          

Hi Cantor,  
We just want to thank you for a beautiful service. We were so impressed with the short amount of time Skylar has put into his lessons and  how you were able to really make the service so special for him and for us... 
Samantha H.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (summer 2012)

Good Morning Cantor Mike,

Just wanted to let you know Ross was terrific on Saturday up on the bima. So many guests said he was poised and confident. He sounded beautiful and terrific! He did a wonderful job. Just wanted to thank you for all your help. See you soon...
Liz O.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons (spring 2012)
Cantor Mike,
Thanks again for a wonderful service. People can't stop talking about it!
Susan R.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2012)

Dear Cantor Mike,
Thank you so much for tutoring me for my bat mitzvah! You were such a great tutor! I learned so much from you and I wanted to thank you for attending my bat mitzvah and for the generous gifts! I especially loved the two books you gave me. I hope to learn a lot from them!
Lauren P.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons (2011-2012)

Cantor Mike,
Hello, Happy New Year! I am sorry I haven't contacted you sooner to tell you how much we loved the ceremony and what beautiful memories we will always have! Troy was amazing thanks to the help and guidance of you and Haley. I spoke with my photographer and he mentioned that you want to use our pictures on your website. We would be honored! 
Thank you again,
Erin H.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (winter 2011)

Dear Cantor Mike,
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for teaching my daughter, Jillian her bat mitzvah portion. She did such an unbelievable job Saturday night thanks to you and your dedication.  Your way of teaching was kind and nurturing which made Jillian shine.  I couldn't have been more proud of her.
The service was beautiful! Thank you again for making her Bat Mitzvah so memorable.
Warm Regards,
Pamela K.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons and Ceremony (fall 2011) 

Cantor Mike,
I'm calling to say thank you for my daughter's bat mitzvah tutoring and ceremony. Bessie has grown tremendously in this past year. I didn't know what to expect for a bat mitzvah service held outside of a synagogue. I found Bessie's ceremony to be personal, tastefully done, and complete. I look forward to three more bar & bat mitzvah ceremonies with you as my children's tutor and cantor.  
Evan S.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (fall 2011)

Dear Cantor Mike,
First of all, let me apologize for not getting to you sooner and
letting you know just how amazing we thought Ethan's ceremony was last
weekend.  Everyone was so touched by it and it really was perfect.  We
couldn't have asked for anything more.  We have gotten so many emails
and phone calls from everyone saying how special the day was.  We were
so glad that my mother and sister were able to join in from CA as
well, which made it that much more special for Ethan.  He really was
so touched by it all.
Talk to you soon,
Hebrew Naming Ceremony for a 10 year old boy (fall 2011)

Hi Cantor Mike,                       
I just wanted to thank you for everything.  You did a wonderful ceremony.  Michael did a great job and he shined for the day and he was so happy. So again, great job and the service was so beautiful.                     
I already gave out your cell # for recommendations. Hope to see you in the near future. Maybe baby Sophia’s Bat Mitzvah…

Best Regards,                      

Mindy S.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (fall 2011)

Cantor Mike,
Just want to tell you that Laine is so happy with you, truly loves lessons, and I am appreciative of your time here. She says she is learning multiples of all the years together at her previous [Hebrew] school.             
Laura S.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2011)

Dear Cantor Michael,
Thank you for making our wedding day unforgettable. You brought such happiness and warmth to our wedding ceremony. I can't tell you how many of our friends and relatives commented on how wonderful YOU were! Rob and I  truly couldn't be happier. What a perfect day, and perfect ceremony thanks to you. Here are some photographs from the wedding/ceremony! I have a feeling
we will be seeing you soon...
Melissa B.
Interfaith Wedding Ceremony (fall 2010)

Dear Cantor Mike,

Thank you for your excellent tutelage of Noah, and preparation for his Bar Mitzvah. It has been an amazing experience to have you in our lives throughout the past year. You will be truly missed by the entire "G" family.
Noah and all the "G's", and Ruby & Bailey (woof!) 
Nancy & Fred G.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (fall 2010)

Cantor Mike,                  
Janey and I thank you for a wonderful ceremony that will live in our hearts forever... Thanks again for such a memorable day.
Phil & Janey 
Vows Renewal Ceremony (fall 2010)

Hi Mike,
Well, all of our guests have finally left and I wanted to take this time to thank you. Not only did you work with our daughter week after week trying to motivate her, she "got" the significance of becoming a Bat Mitzvah. The service itself was wonderful. You created a feeling of interest and warmth - it was casual and friendly without losing the significance of the occasion. You truly captured the essence of our family! I would be pleased to continue recommending you ( 2 families and counting!). Other families would be lucky to have you. Thank you again for all of your hard work and time.
Donna and Marty
p.s. At times I wasn't sure if this was really going to be able to happen...
but we did it! :) 
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (fall 2010)

Hey Cantor Mike,

... we just got back the wedding video, it came out amazing! The ceremony was amazing, everyone that was there had nothing but great things to say about you and Father Callahan.  I can't thank you enough - it was the best day of my life.
Warmest Regards,
Connie & Russ P.
Wedding Ceremony (summer 2010)

Dear Cantor Mike,
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for officiating our wedding ceremony at the George Washington Manor on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Our wedding day was such an important event with our family and friends gathering together. The thought and preparation you put into carrying out our interfaith and bilingual ceremony with Reverend Alfredo Alvira was exemplary. Your service from beginning to end was attentive, courteous, and personal. We thank you again for making our day that much more special. It will not soon be forgotten.
Ernest & Lisa 
Wedding Ceremony (summer 2010)

Good Morning Cantor Mike,
Thank you so much for the beautiful service that you did for Jackie. It was the best part of the day! You were amazing and so was Jackie! I am so happy that I did it in my house. It was so special and personal. Thanks again for everything!
Nina G.
Bat Mitzvah Ceremony (summer 2010)

Cantor Mike,
Susan and I would like to express our thanks for an absolutely beautiful service today. Everybody who was here complimented on how warm and intimate the service was. All four of Bari's grandparents were very impressed by how well Bari was prepared. To be honest, they weren't sure of what to expect being that Bari was not being Bat Mitzvahed in a temple. This was the first "at home" Bat Mitzvah that anyone who was here attended. They could not stop raving about the ceremony. Everybody was extremely complimentary and we wanted you to know that your efforts over the past few months were appreciated. See you in a couple of years!! Again, Thank you!!
Susan and Michael
PS --Thank you for understanding just how important our four legged members of our family are to us. 
Susan and Michael G.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2010) 

Dear Cantor Mike,

Thank you for a great day. Ryan really learned alot the past few months and the service was very personal. Everyone really enjoyed it. Thank again & have a happy passover.
Lisa N.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2010)

Your approach to the whole bat mitzvah from the start was fresh and easy and the lessons were wonderful. You got Haley reading and praying in Hebrew in a few lessons. The service was the most memorable I have ever been to. It was warm, welcoming and easy to relate to. Your passion and love for Judaism and the children shines through.
Amie N.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (fall 2009)

Dear Michael:
Working with you has not only been rewarding but truly an honor. You have a rare & most valuable gift... the art & passion of teaching. Michael, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for making the experience of my becoming a bat mitzvah the absolute best it could be.
Adult Bat Mitzvah lessons(spring 2009)

Dear Cantor Mike,

I was so happy you were my cantor because you made it so much fun to learn about Judaism. Thank you for everything you did for me and for your very thoughtful card.
Austin K.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons & Ceremony (spring 2009)

Dear Mike,

Working with you these past 9 months has been a pleasure. We thank you so much for all you've done, not just for Brandon, but for all of us. Your time, patience and sense of humor is immeasurable.
Susan E.
Bar Mitzvah Lessons (spring 2009)

Dear Cantor Mike,

My Bat Mitzvah was the most special day of my life. You played such an important part and I can't thank you enough. Cantor Mike, I cannot even begin to tell you how much your unconditional love and support along the journey means to me. My Bat Mitzvah was a day of blessings and I was especially blessed with you as my tutor. Knowing I made you proud means the world to me... Thank you so much for being a most wonderful part of such an incredible time in my life.
Bat Mitzvah Lessons (fall 2006)

Dear Cantor Mike -
We want to thank you for the wholehearted Bar Mitzvah teachings you gave to our grandson Jacob. You gave him the tools and the enthusiasm to study and be proud to achieve this very special day. Mostly every evening we reviewed what you had taught him. You truly inspired him, and our family will remember the great teacher you are. Thanks again -
Nora & Gus 
Bar Mitzvah Lessons (fall 2006) 

Dear Cantor Mike,

When I think back to the beginning lessons, we thought how is she ever going to do it? Well, thanks to your teaching, Lindsay chants beautifully & sings the prayers beautifully. Your style & way of making lessons fun made Lindsay come to enjoy lessons & say that she will be sad when they are over. You have made a lifelong impact on Lindsay. Thank you very much.
Iris & Jay L
Bat Mitzvah Lessons(spring 2005)

Dear Mr. Garb,
Thank you so much for all of your help. Your assistance in learning the material gave me the confidence that I needed and your encouragement was invaluable. Thank you again!
Susan C.
Adult Bat Mitzvah Lessons (fall 2005)

Dear Cantor Mike,
We are so grateful for the time and patience you devoted to preparing Ariana for her Bat Mitzvah. You are a gifted teacher. She worked hard, too, but you both deserve credit for her success.
Randi & Ted
Bat Mitzvah Lessons (fall 2004)

Dear Michael,
We just wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you invested in preparing Josh for his bar mitzvah. We were blown away by his abilities and we believe that to be a reflection of you, your character and expertise. Thank you.
Jani & David
Bar Mitzvah Lessons (spring 2004)

Dear Cantor Garb,
Words barely express our gratitude for the inspiration, guidance and teaching you provided for Lexi and Zach over the past year. The special "air", noticed by all, of their B'nai Mitzvah, was a direct attributance to you. We hope you experienced even a small portion of the nachas we did - you certainly deserved it. Thank you also for the beautiful books and words. Through them you will continue to be an inspiration. Again, thank you for all.
Best Wishes,
The Meyer family
B'nai Mitzvah Lessons (fall 2003)

Dear Cantor Mike,
Thank you for doing an extra special job when tutoring me. My haftorah would not have sounded this great without your help.
from Jen
Bat Mitzvah lessons (spring 2003)

Dear Cantor Mike,
Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the toughest 6 months of my life. I was glad you could be at the Ma'ariv service, and thank you also for the Hebrew Alphabet book.
Bruce H.
Bar Mitzvah lessons (fall 2002)

Dear Cantor Mike,
I just wanted to thank you not only for the Hebrew Alphabet book but more so for the time and patience you showed me during the months before my Bar Mitzvah. You helped make the whole Bar Mitzvah experience enjoyable.
Warm regards,
Matthew F.
Bar Mitzvah lessons (spring 2002)

Dear Cantor Mike!
Just a token of thanks for helping Jessica accomplish all that she did, while maintaining your kind demeanor. She had a wonderful experience!
The Goodman Family
Bat Mitzvah Lessons (spring 2001)

Dear Cantor Michael,
Having a teacher like you has made all the difference. Thank you for sharing your time and talents. I couldn't have done this without you. You are truly appreciated and I will always be grateful.
Samantha and family
Bat Mitzvah lessons (winter 2001)

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