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Joe & Millie (speakers, wedding officiant, etc.) Public Speaker from Kauneonga Lake, NY

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 4.5 | 5 Reviews
  • 13 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 3 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Starting at $150 per event

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Internationally acclaimed speakers, performers, author, and wedding officiant, Rabbi Joe and Mrs. Chavah Kolakowski, are here to speak at your event. We have spoken and performed in venues in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, Idaho, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and more. Rabbi Kolakowski can also officiate at your wedding, as he is an ordained clergyman, who can perform weddings in all 50 States, and is registered in Virginia and NYC. He has performed weddings for many faiths, and is not only a rabbi, but also serves as an interfaith minister, as well as a civil wedding officiant, and has officiated for Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Neo-Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics, Hippies, and more. Since 2007, he has officiated at over 400 weddings. (*note, for Jewish weddings, certain restrictions apply) Rabbi Kolakowski was the first Rabbi on Gigmasters! He has spoken for synagogues, colleges, church groups, prisons, community groups, Hillels, JCC's, and more. He has officiated at weddings for people of all faiths, as well. He is available to speak about various subjects, which are entertaining and enlightening to any crowd. He has many subjects he can speak on, ranging from comparative religion, Judaism and politics, Kabbalah, Mysticism, Hasidic Philosophy, Science and Religion, Jewish Law, Jewish History, American History, Film History, Jewish Holidays, and much more. He is also available to perform comedy programs, as well as to act in film, television, or stage productions by request. He studied acting with Debra Winger, and has appeared in several television shows, movies, and stage plays. He can also serve as an adviser for television and movies, whether they be documentaries or dramatic productions, in order to accurately portray Hasidic or Orthodox Jewish life. He also speaks at private parties, and both Joe and Millie have been invited to speak at private homes for holiday parties in Kiryas Joel, NY, and other locations. He can also perform other pastoral services, such as officiating at Bar Mitzvahs, Baby Namings, Conversions to Judaism, Funerals, Memorials, Monument Unveilings, Pet Funerals and Ceremonies, Adoption Ceremonies, House Blessings, Business Blessings, Sermons, Holiday Programs, Weekend events, Kosher Supervision, and other services for all people. For officiating a local weddings, I am willing to go below the above mentioned pay range, particularly if you travel to me. Mrs. Kolakowski has performed with the likes of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, appearing in many venues, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall, as well as various synagogues, schools, and community centers, and now is available to tell her story of her conversion to Hasidic Judaism, growing up in a Mormon Home in Idaho, becoming a Grammy-award-winning Opera Singer, and later a Hasidic Rebbetzin in Virginia and now in New York. She also has a few other lectures she delivers, teaching about Judaism, such as Jewish conversion, Hasidic philosophy, Art History, Music History, Kosher, and Mikvah. She is an expert in Early Music, and was trained at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. As Hasidic Jews, we may have a delay in response, if you write to us on the Sabbath or Jewish Holidays (quite a few this month), but we will get back to you after the holiday or Sabbath ends. Any events taking place on a Saturday will require lodging from Friday afternoon within walking distance of your venue. Generally, we will ask a higher price for a Saturday event than any other day of the week. We appreciate your business, and are happy to serve you! Please see my profile on thumbtack for my full reviews.


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Avg 4.5 | 5 Reviews

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Review by Phil S.

Birthday Party (Kids)Reviewed on September 11, 2017From East Rutherford, NJ

All the months of planning my son’s Bar Mitzvah, the venue, the food, the music, on and on it went and at the end of the day the one thing people kept saying was “I love your Rabb"! On the day of the event my in-laws were 30 minutes late and I asked the Rabbi if he could speed up the ceremony due to the late start. Not only was he able to do that, I really don’t think he left anything out. Rabbi Joe was sincere, engaging and amusing and really created a perfect ceremony for us. We can whole heartedly recommend Rabbi Joe for whatever event you may be planning and already intend to have him for my daughter’s event in a few years. Phil & Jodi S

Review by Hannah M.

WeddingReviewed on July 10, 2017From Washingtonville, NY

Joseph was fan-freaking-tastic as our Jedi officiant. He even brought a light saber for the full effect. We had a super geeky wedding and Joseph was so accommodating. He wonderfully acted out the ceremony wording I prepped and ad libbed wherr it fit. He was funny, confident, and just amazing. If I got married again, I'd totally use him. Thanks Joe for making it a memorable day!

Review by Natalie D.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on November 19, 2016From New York City, NY

Awesome service :):)

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  • Sol a Kakas Mar | Rabbi Isaac Taub of Kalov
  • Adon Olam | Traditional
  • Kol Mekadesh | Traditional
  • Menuchah V'Simchah | Traditional
  • Kah Ribon | Rabbi Israel Najara
  • Tzur Mishelo | Traditional
  • Kah Echsof | Rabbi Aaron of Karlin

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Past Events

August 3, 2020 • Wedding Ceremony
Mon6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cliffside Park, NJ
October 8, 2017 • Wedding Ceremony
Sun1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Long Beach, NY
September 3, 2017 • Birthday Party (Kids)
Sun3:00 PM - 3:45 PM East Rutherford, NJ
July 9, 2017 • Wedding
Sun2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Washingtonville, NY
June 3, 2017 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Honesdale, PA
March 25, 2017 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Roscoe, NY
November 3, 2016 • Wedding Ceremony
Thu5:00 PM - 5:45 PM New York City, NY
June 24, 2016 • Wedding Reception
Fri5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Hillburn, NY
June 5, 2016 • Wedding
Sun3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Eagles Mere, PA
May 28, 2016 • Anniversary Party
Sat6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Callicoon, NY
May 22, 2016 • Wedding
Sun5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Lafayette, NJ
July 18, 2014 • Wedding Ceremony
Fri6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Matamoras, PA

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