About Secular Jewish Funerals

Births. Marriages. Deaths. These Are the Most Important Moments in Our Lives.

Rabbi Joysa Winter - Secular Jewish Funerals

I consider it my life’s calling to help people mark these important milestones with words and rituals born from the best of Jewish tradition.

I grew up in Colorado, and my earliest background is in the Conservative movement. My under-graduate degree is in journalism, and over the years I also studied in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva, the University of Haifa, and Ulpan Akiva. I moved to Philadelphia in 2006 to earn a master’s degree in Jewish studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. After that, I was ordained as a rabbi by the International Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism.

I now work as the Rabbi Educator for Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Manyunk, Pa.  I also offer secular Jewish weddings, funerals, and lifecycle events for unaffiliated Jews, mostly in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

To read some reviews from the hundreds of couples whose weddings I have officiated, visit my wedding sites on The Knot and Weddingwire.com.

— Rabbi Joysa Winter

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