Spring Wedding in a Pandemic

Sandra, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank you once again for the wonderful ceremony and being such a kind and accommodating officiant. AJ and I had an incredible day that we will forever cherish largely in part to your efforts.

Michael and AJ, March 2021

Bat Mitzvah Preparation: a review

We began our Bat Mitzvah journey with SandraLaya nearly a year ago, after she was recommended by her colleague as the perfect spiritual leader to help our family bring to life a warm, welcoming and deeply meaningful Bat Mitzvah ceremony for our 12 year old daughter.

SandraLaya is genuinely passionate about Judaism and Jewish education and she is a very caring, inspirational and considerate professional. We were so impressed at how she always provided the right amount of encouragement, support and challenge that allowed our daughter to have the confidence and skills to enjoy and appreciate what she was learning.

This has been an enriching and fulfilling process that has provided our daughter with an important foundation and a lifelong positive connection to the Jewish value of ‘tikkun olam’.

While we’ve already had to postpone and reschedule the Bat Mitzvah twice, due to the pandemic, our family looks forward to enjoying this life celebration with SandraLayas’s guidance and support in the future.Thank you SandraLaya, you’re the best!
The Gordon Family

Joanna and Arnold, Allen Gardens, February 2020

Joanna and Arnold

We had the honour and pleasure of having Sandra Ruch officiate our wedding ceremony and could not have asked for a more delightful person. She was very professional and easy to communicate with leading up to the wedding. She offered a great deal of insight and flexibility with the ceremony, especially since we planned our wedding in a very short amount of time. Her energy radiated and filled the room during the ceremony, and we laughed plenty. We also received a compliment from our photographer that Sandra was great at finding the perfect spots to be in/out of photos, which is a skill I never expected! She surpassed all our expectations and we loved working with her. We would absolutely recommend Sandra for all your officiating needs!

Joanna & Arnold, February 2020

Alice and Melanie

Sandra Ruch was everything, and more we thought she would be. Our ceremony was personable and fun. We had an island theme and she dressed for the part. She had everyone’s attention and several people told us after the ceremony that they even cried, with how beautiful it was. We had a cross section of family and friends at our wedding and EVERY single one of them commented on Sandra’s officiating. Thank you Sandra! With much love….Alice & Melanie February 2020

Joseph and Julian,

Sandra Ruch was so friendly and professional. We wanted a Jewish ceremony with some elements added in from our Greek/Egyptian heritage – Sandra helped us blend all these elements elegantly. She provided us with great templates and guided us through creating the ceremony. During the ceremony she was so friendly and spoke with warmth and gravitas. It was a great, easy and a positive experience. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Joseph and Julian, December 2019 venue Jam Factory, Toronto

Sara and Kellie

Sara and Kellie

Sandra Ruch was a wonderful, warm and engaged officiant at our simple marriage ceremony. She knew how to strike the right tone. The vows that she suggested were perfectly attuned to our feelings for each other. We invited her to join us after our celebration because we felt that she was a friend as well as an officiant.

Sara & Kellie Nov 2019

Christian & Amanda

Sandra Ruch was professional and warm and exceeded our expectations. She gently walked us through all the decisions and choices that we had, she helped make our ceremony personable and unique. We would recommend her to anyone. Christian & Amanda September 2019

Lily’s Bat Mitzvah

Sandra did a great job of giving us a modern service with enough traditional elements –  our more traditional Jewish family members recognized the service, and the non-Jewish family members and friends could also participate. Sandra was very considerate in working with our daughter one-on-one – our daughter felt that Sandra really catered to her specific needs in preparing for the event, making her feel empowered and not overwhelmed.  Meredith and Adam