Art Donsky, Rabbi, D.Div., MSW

Greater Pittsburgh, PA and beyond.....

About this Vendor

Rabbi Without Walls - Personal Inclusive Weddings

Hi, I’m Rabbi Art! I am passionate about helping all couples create a unique ceremony for their special day and life together. Providing inclusive and welcoming celebrations for all couples, especially those with diverse faiths and backgrounds is so important today. I am ready, willing, and able to help! I have more than 30 years of dedicated congregational, community, and campus experience co-creating Jewish, interfaith, interfaith co-officiation with non-Jewish clergy, LGBTQ, non-denominational, and secular wedding celebrations. As an open-minded, open-hearted rabbi, social worker and educator, I have walked many paths. My goal is to help you realize the most meaningful and joyful wedding experience.   I welcome all inquiries for wedding celebrations - this is a no judgement zone!

Details

Ceremony Types

Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

Religious Affiliations

Interfaith, Jewish, Secular, Spiritual

Wedding Activities

Newlywed Life, After The Wedding, Getting Engaged, Premarital Counseling, Ceremony, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Planning

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Contact Info

Address
Regent Square, Pittsburgh , PA Greater Pittsburgh, PA and beyond..... (412) 389-6581
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Reviewed on 9/14/2017 Ilya L

Rabbi Art made our special day perfect! We were able to meet with him and book his services last minute. He was able to work with us to accommodate for all the special requests we had for our unique interfaith ceremony. Rabbi Art drove an hour out of his way for no extra... Read More charge. His energy, passion and open mindedness made our ceremony go better than planned. We got countless feedback from our guests about how special they felt being part of it. We would recommend Rabbi Art to anyone looking for an officiant for their ceremony! Thank you so much Rabbi!

2017-10-02T16:57:12 Response from the vendor

Hi folks, Thanks for your kind words What a beautiful wedding. What an honor to celebrate you and your families. Much love, Art


Reviewed on 9/15/2017 Katie G

Rabbi Art helped us create the perfect interfaith (Catholic & Jewish) wedding ceremony for our outdoor June wedding! He was extremely great to work with leading up to the wedding, always made us laugh during our visits, was very responsive and provided a very helpful outline for... Read More our ceremony. We received so many compliments from our family and friends and can't recommend Rabbi Art enough!

2017-10-02T17:02:12 Response from the vendor

Hi all, Thank you for your kind words. What a blast it was working with both of you. Thanks for putting up with my sense of humor Enjoy the days, weeks, months and years ahead, Much love, Rabbi Art


Reviewed on 9/10/2017 Caitlin R

We were so fortunate to find Rabbi Art. He was wonderful to work with. We were able to arrange an interfaith ceremony- Catholic-Jewish. He was knowledgeable and patient with us and we received so many compliments on our June 2017 wedding. I definitely recommend him as an... Read More officiant for your wedding, especially if you are looking to plan an interfaith ceremony.


Reviewed on 10/19/2017 Chantel D

Rabbi Art did a fantastic job helping us create our perfect, simple, and interfaith (Islamic and Christian) ceremony on a budget. He also made us feel really comfortable talking about our relationship. We met online and got married within a year of knowing each other. Rabbi Art... Read More was very encouraging and didn't make us feel awkward discussing these things honestly. My new husband and I highly recommend Rabbi Art!!


Reviewed on 10/01/2017 Natalie D

Our interfaith wedding ceremony was a beautiful combination of both traditions, and Rabbi Art played a vital role in making that happen. We confirmed Rabbi Art's availability to co-officiate our ceremony about a year ahead of our wedding, and he was extremely available and... Read More understanding as we planned out the details. He was very knowledgeable in answering all of our questions and helpful in providing insight and suggestions based on his experience as a wedding officiant. We received only positive feedback from all of our ceremony guests!

2017-10-02T17:04:48 Response from the vendor

Natalie and Zach, Thanks for these kind words. Glad I was helpful - but we couldn't have done without the two of you!!! Enjoy your journey together for years to come, Much love, Rabbi Art


Reviewed on 10/01/2017 Natalie D

Our interfaith wedding ceremony was a beautiful combination of both traditions, and Rabbi Art played a vital role in making that happen. We confirmed Rabbi Art's availability to co-officiate our ceremony about a year ahead of our wedding, and he was extremely available and... Read More understanding as we planned out the details. He was very knowledgeable in answering all of our questions and helpful in providing insight and suggestions based on his experience as a wedding officiant. We received only positive feedback from all of our ceremony guests!


Reviewed on 9/26/2017

Our ceremony went so smoothly thanks to Rabbi Art. He was willing to lead a secular ceremony that we co-created. Art was accessible, kind, and professional throughout the whole wedding planning process.


Reviewed on 9/23/2017 Kelli B

Rabbi Art took the time to get to know us as a couple and understand our shared values. He collaborated beautifully with the priest and together they constructed an unforgettable ceremony that touched upon the important parts of our lives and mixed heritages that made our... Read More wedding unique. His candor was professional, kind, and most importantly open to all of our ideas. We couldn't be happier - to this day we still get compliments on the fluidity of mixed cultures and ease of incorporating Jewish and Christian traditions.


Reviewed on 9/18/2017 Sarah S

Because we come from Jewish and Christian backgrounds, we knew our wedding ceremony would need to combine customs and traditions from both religions. Rabbi Art was both accommodating and understanding throughout the entire planning process as we requested to incorporate... Read More readings, prayers, and customs. He was open to working with not only us, but also our families, in order to ensure our ceremony included our most important requests. Rabbi Art has a strong knowledge base on interfaith weddings and provided us with a clear outline for our ceremony. His sensitivity to our needs and emotions during the wedding planning process helped ensure that we were stress free in regard to the ceremony. Furthermore, we received many compliments from our guests regarding Rabbi Art. If you are looking for a personalized and meaningful ceremony, I would absolutely recommend Rabbi Art!


Reviewed on 9/18/2017 Robert M

Art helped make our wedding ceremony a stress free part of the day we could enjoy as a couple beginning our life together. He understood what we wanted our ceremony to represent and was a helpful resource and mentor as we decided how to plan our union. His eagerness to help... Read More create a ceremony personal to the couple ensured our wedding would be special and meaningful to us.


Reviewed on 9/06/2017 David I

Raquel & David (2016) Our wedding was one full of colors, warmth and love. Being married in a Jewish ceremony as an interfaith and interracial couple was so special for us. The ceremony officiated by rabbi Art Donsky was the perfect spiritual bond we were looking to capture... Read More our feelings for each other. The text that we carefully selected for our Ketubah says it all: it explains the importance to learn from our heritages and our cultures to seal our love and to prosper as a couple. Few months before our religious ceremony, rabbi Donsky officiated our legal marriage in our home. We really enjoyed it. It felt as a neighborhood-wedding as the rabbi lives just a block away from us so he came walking. Our closest friends and family attended. We are glad that we could tie the knot both ways, without barriers and judgement. My husband is a happy American and I am a happy Mexican. Now we are one. Thank you! / Gracias! / Toda raba!


Reviewed on 9/09/2016 Ashley S

The ceremony was perfect! We met with Rabbi Art several times leading up to our inter-faith ceremony for him to get to know us, and us him. Each time it was an absolute pleasure. His ceremony was very personable, as if we have known him for years. He is clear and concise, and... Read More everyone really appreciated him speaking in both Hebrew and English. You can't go wrong with Rabbi Art for your ceremony!


Great option for an interfaith ceremony

Reviewed on 9/30/2015 Diana

Rabbi Art made us feel very comfortable and helped us combine different Catholic and Jewish traditions to make a truly special ceremony that was unique to us. We had met a different Rabbi before meeting Rabbi Art but had felt that it was more of a Jewish ceremony with a unity... Read More candle (which isn't even a Catholic tradition) instead of a truly interfaith ceremony. It meant a lot to both of our parents that we could find someone that allowed us to truly integrate our traditions and honor both of our faiths in a way that we were both comfortable and proud of. While we decided not to have a priest officiate as well, Rabbi Art has worked with priests for other interfaith weddings and was able to bring this insight during our meetings in addition to insight into the Jewish traditions.


L'chaim!

Reviewed on 4/12/2015 Haley G

Rabbi Art played a huge part in making our wedding day so special. It was difficult for us to find an officiant as an interfaith couple. Rabbi Art created a ceremony that focused more on our love and our relationship while also maintaining Jewish traditions. It was truly a... Read More pleasure to get to know him, become friends with him, and have him marry us.


Excellent Officiant

Reviewed on 3/20/2014

Rabbi Art officiated my wedding in July, 2013. He took time to get to know me and my husband as a couple throughout our engagement period. He answered all our questions and was very easy to work with. He showed up to our wedding in ample time, helped us sign our kettubah, and... Read More married us off in a short but intimate ceremony. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Rabbi Art and would highly recommend him as an officiant for any service!


Warm, Intelligent, and Compassionate

Reviewed on 3/17/2014

Rabbi Donsky, who officiated at our wedding last year, brought a warmth, humor, and intelligence to the service that I think surprised many, and pleased all. During the planning stages, he was very receptive of our vision for the service, and he offered sage advice for making... Read More it a more meaningful experience. It was a true pleasure to be ushered into our lives together by this wise and gentle soul.


Rabbi Donsky will make your special day perfect!

Reviewed on 3/16/2014

Rabbi Donsky made our ceremony so warm and meaningful! I am Jewish and my Husband in Catholic. Rabbi Donsky was flexible and did everything he could to make us and our parents comfortable. I can't recommend him highly enough!


Excellent officient

Reviewed on 6/25/2012 Melissa G

While both my husband and I identify as Jewish and wanted a Jewish ceremony, we are not practicing members of any congregation, nor are our parents. Rabbi Donsky was happy to perform our ceremony based on our shared Jewish identity and values. My husband and I met with Rabbi... Read More Donsky twice before the ceremony to go over the details and he was always available via email for questions that came up during the planning. Our ceremony was everything we wanted and we are very grateful to Rabbi Donsky for performing it.


Meet The Owner

Rabbi Art

A native of New Jersey, for the past 24 years, I joyously reside in the greater Pittsburgh community.  I was ordained as a reform rabbi in 1989 after graduating from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). In 2014, I received an honorary doctorate of Divinity from HUC-JIR.  In addition, I hold a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Yedidya Institute. In June 2017, I completed a 3-year graduate fellowship at the the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health. Weekdays I am Digital Health Coach!