Chuppah in Winery in Niagara on the Lake


Emmi and I just wanted to say that Cantor Deborah lead a beautiful ceremony and we really felt her love and positive energy in her wedding address and in her beautiful singing. The ceremony was the most special part to us and we felt that she made it so personal. We really loved it!

Nikki Bielas married Emmi Katsnelson on September 26, 2020

Dear Cantor Deborah,
Thank you for our beautiful ceremony and the absolute perfect wedding address. It meant so much to us and to our family and friends who couldn't stop saying how much they enjoyed it. It was an absolute pleasure having you get to know us. We would be most happy to speak with anyone interested in working with you.
Thank you again. Heather and Brendon

Heather Cohen married Brendon Hendel McCarthy on December 31, 2019

Dear Cantor Deborah, Thank you so much for such a beautiful ceremony at our wedding! The Bedeken and ceremony were beautiful, your voice incredible and your story about us so so touching. It was truly a night we will remember for the rest of our lives and you played such a big part in it, so thank you again for all your efforts, we were so happy! Lots of love, Steph & Karl

Stephanie Ouanounou married Karl Bjurstrom on December 31, 2018

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Cantor Deborah from start to finish. She did an outstanding job and we are so happy with how everything turned out. She took the time to get to know us and really understand our story which made for a truly authentic ceremony, as well as the most intimate Bedeken we have ever witnessed. She is warm, kind and truly cares about making the most important part of your wedding day something your family and friends will never forget. In addition, everyone mentioned to us how amazing Cantor Deborah was.
We would highly recommend Cantor Deborah to anyone!

Stephanie Laks married Willima Chyz on December 2, 2018

Cantor Deborah Staiman did an incredible job officiating our wedding.

From the moment we first connected, she took an immediate interest in our story and wanted to know every detail of our history and our relationship. She then used these words and stories to write the most beautiful testimonial of our lives and relationship for our ceremony. It was absolutely perfect. Her singing was lovely and her attention to detail coupled with her genuine interest in us made everything feel so perfect and loving. After several meetings throughout the engagement process, she truly got to learn about us and spoke from the heart during our ceremony. She has a beautiful voice, was a pleasure to work with and made everything so simple and easy on our end.
We would recommend Cantor Deborah to everyone and anyone looking for any officiating.

Robin Hacker Teper married Samuel Waxman on August 11, 2018

Cantor Deborah came to our home to officiate the Hebrew Naming Ceremony for our daughter. Wow! We were blown away! The service was beautiful! From our very first conversation, she put our minds at ease; we knew we were in good hands. She helped with the planning process and made sure everything was very straightforward. And, boy, can she sing! Our little three month old started smiling at the sound of her voice during the ceremony and needless to say it was a very special and memorable moment. Quite simply put, Deborah is the best. Thank you, Cantor Deborah!

Baby Naming of Winslow Evelyn Snow, daughter of Christin and Daniel Snow on May 27, 2018

Hi Cantor Deborah, Anthony and I were really moved by your kind words about us during our wedding ceremony. You took the time to get to know us and our story about how we came together. The ceremony and the bedeken were beautiful and you made it easy for everyone to follow. The ceremony was heartwarming and I can’t tell you the amount of people who spoke so highly of you. My family and I were deeply moved by your presence. We could not be happier. Thank you again for you wonderful job. Jennifer and Anthony.

Jennifer Orenstein married Anthony Spinley on November 5, 2017

Hello Deborah, Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony for Stephen and I on August 3rd. We really enjoyed the elegant work you performed and the spirituality you brought into the ceremony. We both thought the way you told our story was so lovely that we would like a copy. We appreciate that you did such a wonderful job. The ceremony couldn't have been so perfect without you.

Thank you again for making our day so special and unique! Best wishes, Yeufen and Stephen

Jeufen married Stephen on August 3, 2017

Hello Cantor Staiman, Thank you again for your time and effort and for helping to make our wedding day such a memorable and beautiful experience for everyone. Your narration and voice was so beautiful. There were so many people that commented on how lovely the ceremony was. We honestly couldn’t be happier. Sincerely, Julianne and Adam

Julianne Hope married Adam Sher on June 25, 2017

Hello Deborah, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful ceremony! We were so overly happy! And our guests really enjoyed it! You are lovely with a lovely voice!

Johana Aschkenazey married Terry Kozak on June 25, 2017

Dear Cantor Deborah, We are writing to thank you very much for leading us through a dream-come-true wedding ceremony. When we reminisce about our planning and our day, one of the highlights is getting to know you and hearing your very thoughtful words on the day.

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful experience having you there with us. Thank you for all of your support! Sending our best, Sara and Dustin

Sara Trotta married Dustin Kyle Samuel Chung on June 4, 2017

Deborah was such a lovely woman and a delight to work with through our whole wedding process. Through our engagement Deborah really took the time to get to know me and my husband, to the point where we really looked forward to our meetings with her. She made us feel comfortable approaching the day of our wedding.

I'm Jewish and my husband isn't but it was really important to me to have a jew"ish" wedding and she was really accommodating. His family absolutely loved every part of our ceremony! My husband's mother would not stop telling me how much she loved Deborah's voice! We both feel truly blessed that Deborah was able to be part of such an important day. She shared such kind words about us and truly put the cherry on top of an already perfect day.

I highly recommend Cantor Deborah Staiman for your wedding! She makes everyone feel included and takes the time to personalize each and every ceremony! Thank you again for such an amazing job!" Rebecca and Max

Rebecca Kupferstein married Max Haig on February 26, 2017

Hi Cantor Staiman, We just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Yesterday's bedeken and ceremony were truly perfect and Andrew and I were beyond pleased. So many guests came up to us to compliment how beautiful of a service we had! You were truly wonderful!!

Your wedding address about the two of us was so very sentimental and truly touched our hearts. A million thanks!! Lots of love, Stefanie and Andrew

Stephanie Mandaliti married Andrew Fallis on August 21, 2016

Dear Cantor Deborah, We are so incredibly grateful we had the opportunity to not only meet you, but have you act as our officiant. We can imagine that sometimes meeting your officiant may be seen as a stress in the overwhelming wedding process, but you made us feel so relaxed and comfortable right from the start. You knew the right questions to ask to get the tears flowing and the stories revealed. And it all amounted to the most gorgeous personal wedding address we could have asked for.

All of our guests have remarked at how profoundly beautiful the entire ceremony was, but particularly how perfectly you summarized the 6 years that we've been together. Thank you for making both our Jewish and non-Jewish guests comfortable and feel part of the Jewish ceremony. As we stood under the Chuppah, filled with nerves and excitement, it felt good to know with full confidence that we were there with you guiding us. It was our pleasure to have you as a guest during our reception, and we hope you enjoyed yourself. Thank you again and again! Dalia & Kyle

Dalia Kagan married Kyle Watson on July 17, 2016

Hi Cantor Deborah, Andrew and I have just returned from a week away and are en route to Ottawa. We wanted to take a minute to send you a note to thank you for all you have done for us this past year, including the lead-up to, and actual, wedding ceremony. Throughout our engagement, we looked forward to our meetings with you, a chance to reflect on our upcoming marriage and what it truly means to us. In your beautiful wedding address, you got to the essence of our relationship and all that it means. Thank you for sharing your insight with our closest friends and family in our beautiful wedding ceremony.

We received so many complements on the ceremony you conducted, from those who have and have not experienced a Jewish wedding ceremony before. Not only was it beautifully led, it was easy to follow, and seemed to elicit a very emotional response in us and our guests. It was personal, yet situated in so many years of history, which was important to both of us.

Thank you for being part of our big day and in helping us to start off our married life together in the most wonderful way. We cannot wait to see it again in our video! All the best, Rachel and Andrew

Rachel Max married Andrew Chisholm on May 22, 2016

Dear Deborah, Andrew and I wanted to say thank you so much for our beautiful ceremony yesterday. Everybody really enjoyed both the Bedeken which was so special and meaningful and the actual ceremony. Your singing was so beautiful. We also loved the speech which you wrote for us, which was so thoughtful and personal, that we want a copy. Thank you so much again for being a part of the best day of our lives!

Alyssa Becker married Andrew Gaston on October 11, 2015

Hi Cantor Deborah, Thank you so much for the amazing service you conducted for us yesterday. It was truly moving, touching and felt so personal. Your eloquence of delivery as well as your beautiful singing was truly special. We really appreciate your efforts in making this time so special for us. A big Thank-you! Leslie and Tim

Leslie Golts married Tim Miller on May 17, 2015

Dear Cantor Staiman, Brian and I cannot thank you enough for making our wedding day so special. You helped us plan a ceremony that was true to us yet still honored our parents and our traditions. You took the time to get to know us and through our conversations helped us put into words the love we felt for each other and what this marriage meant to us.

We just got our wedding video and loved watching it and listening to your words throughout. Our ceremony was beautiful and your speech about Brian and I was personal, intimate, and full of words of wisdom. It was so special and brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it. Your voice was magnificent and rung beautifully through the halls of the ROM. Our family and guests were in awe. I cannot thank you enough for making our wedding day so magical. Love, Lisanne and Brian

Lisanne Cruz married Brian Housman on May 16, 2015

Deborah, Nick and I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful ceremony you conducted yesterday. Everyone was raving about how beautifully you sang and how warm you spoke. You exceeded Nick and my expectations and we will never forgot it. Thank you for putting so much effort into speaking Italian at the wedding. This made Nick's family and friends feel like part of the service and this is exactly what we wanted. Thank you again for everything, we will never forget this!

Naomi Wenger married Nik Sachetti on May 10, 2015

I highly recommend Cantor Deborah Staiman. She took the time to get to know Caroline and I, and created a beautiful, touching, and personalized ceremony for us. Our guests all commented on how very moving and lovely the ceremony was. We were extremely pleased with our ceremony, and Cantor Deborah has a stunning voice. Thank you for helping make our day so special!

Caroline Senger married Alex Abramovitch on September 7, 2014

Dear Cantor Deborah, Words can not express how thankful we are for the lovely and personal ceremony you performed for us! We have received so many compliments about it! Your beautiful voice and kind words truly made our day special. Please keep in touch, Love, Laura and Ryan.

Laura married Ryan on August 17, 2014

Dear Cantor Deborah, Wes and I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you so much for officiating our wedding ceremony in such a beautiful and meaningful way. We couldn't be happier with how the ceremony turned out! We were so touched and blown away by the service you provided for us and our guests could not have more positive words to say about their experience too! We received so much positive feedback about you and the ceremony and how special and personalized you made it feel - it was really extra special.

It was an absolute pleasure working with you in lead up to our big day. You really took the time to get to know us and that really shone through in everything you did and said. We truly enjoyed the whole process and working with you and we look forward to staying in touch. Love Ilona and Wes.

Ilona Khoyker married Wesley Lotto on July 20, 2014

Dear Deborah, We were so happy that you could do us the honour of welcoming Riley (Chaya Yaacova) into the Jewish community! We are glad that you could join us on this very special day. Your unique touch for both the wedding (see testimonial for August 7, 2011) and now the Baby Naming made them so memorable and personal for us. Many thanks, the Slover and Weinstock families.

Baby Naming of Riley Jaclyn Slover, daughter of Adrienne and David Slover, July 6, 2014

Hi Deborah, Melissa and I just wanted to let you know that we thought the ceremony and Bedeken-Ketubah signing were beautiful. We appreciate all you put into it. We had many people approach us and tell us it was the loveliest wedding they had seen. Thank you for your involvement, we will never forget it.

Melissa Saunders married Jeremy Loeb on February 15, 2014

Dear Cantor Deborah, Thank you for the most touching ceremony. Your personal address really made our day! Many guests came up to us after to comment on your beautiful singing. Your warmth and professionalism really show through.

Eddie married Bonnie on September 29, 2013

Dear Deborah, We wanted to thank you so much for an amazing ceremony that Jen and I found spiritual, meaningful and memorable. All of our guests loved the service and our families remarked at how moving the personal address was. Some from Israel said it was more moving than any wedding they had been to in Israel. You were incredibly accommodating for us and our special needs with scheduling a wedding in northern Ontario. From the beginning you provided us with a clear plan and helped us every step of the way and gave us with an eternal memory of our day. We would recommend you to anyone desiring a ceremony that is special in every way.

Barak Marcos married Jennifer King on August 16, 2013

Dear Cantor Staiman, We wanted to thank you so much for marrying us in July. You made the whole experience so romantic and meaningful. You were genuine, kind, calming, insightful and we truly felt safe and honoured in your care.

Everyone raved about you! You were absolutely wonderful, and no words in existence could ever thank you enough.

We hope to see you again sometime in Toronto, and our home is always open to you here in Vienna! Lots of Love, Bessy and Jorg

Beth Mouckley married Joerg Bohmann on July 28, 2013

Dear Deborah, Greg and I wanted to thank you again for an amazing and beautiful ceremony! The service was beautiful and your voice is incredible. The amount of compliments from friends and family was amazing. It was truly special. Thank you so much Deborah for making this such a memorable and special day for us. We will definitely be in touch and I will keep you updated with the baby situation - who knows, we may see you sooner than later.

Thank you again. We will continue to recommend you for future events and hope to see you soon.

Michelle Astrug married Greg Spencer on June 9, 2013

Dear Deborah, Thank you so much! Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful. It was great how over the course of many months and multiple meetings, you really got to know Michelle and I on a personal level, and because of this, you were able to deliver such a touching and intimate service.

People kept coming up to us after saying that this was the most beautiful and best ceremony they have ever been a part of. Your voice and singing complimented the outdoor environment beautifully. It was truly very special and an incredible experience. Thank you, Lee and Michelle

Michelle Lockwood married Lee Pilon on June 8, 2013

Hi Deborah, I just wanted to say thank you again. We loved everything about the ceremony. It was just so beautiful and meaningful. Everyone loved it, including Miss. Chloe. You are fantastic and I will definitely be recommending you! Warm regards, Elisa Ghandour.

Baby Naming of Chloe Paige (Miriam Esther) Ghandour, daughter of Elisa and Ramzi Ghandour on March 10, 2013

Cantor Staiman: Thank you very much for making the marriage ceremony for Jessica and Callum so special this past weekend. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the simcha and particularly the ceremony under the chuppah. We, of course, also had the additional enjoyment of being present for the bedeken. Your contribution and guidance has been invaluable. Todah Rabah!   David Ash

Jessica Ash married Callum Campbell on October 13, 2012

Dear Cantor Staiman, Thank you for giving us so much of your time and for marrying us! The Ketubah and Chuppah ceremonies were beautiful and more so than we had envisioned. We truly believe your beautiful voice added a very special touch. Warm wishes, Laura and Alexey. 

Laura Chiu married Alexey Togunov on September 2, 2012

Dear Deborah, We would like to thank you for the great ceremony of our wedding that you provided for us. Your singing was so magnificent, the ceremony and the speech were breathtaking, and the guests came and said a lot of warm words after the ceremony. Thank you very much!

Yael Olga Babichev married Igor Kunovsky on March 30, 2012

Dear Cantor Staiman, Thank you so much for making Abby Rose's baby naming such a special occasion. We will always remember your kind words and beautiful voice.

Baby Naming of Abby Rose Greenspan, daughter of Tara and Brandon Greenspan on November 20, 2011

Dear Deborah, It was an absolute pleasure and honour having you perform our wedding ceremony. You made our wedding beautiful; it was just so perfect. Your wonderful words deeply touched us both and made the event so personal. It was just what we had hoped for. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Susanne Gilbert married Tim Flynn on November 18, 2011

Dear Deborah, Thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony you officiated. We were so happy with it, and many of our guests also commented on how lovely it was and what a great job you did. We particularly appreciated your thoughful and personal wedding address. It was touching, and so well written. Hearing those words was a very meaningful experience for us.

Lisa Okun married Illios Steryannis on September 4, 2011

Deborah, Thank you for giving us the most beautiful ceremony! So many people came up to us afterwards and expressed how much they enjoyed it. Your address was so personal and touching. Thank you again!!

Laurie Penn married Andrew Hope on August 28, 2011

Dear Cantor Deborah, Our families are all so glad that you came into our lives to add to the joy and personalization of our simcha. It was beshert. With your warmth, caring and creativity you brought smiles and laughter to our lips. You gave of your time generously in order to get to know us and made us feel that we were all special that evening. Continue to do what you love doing, so that others may benefit from your expertise and support during their important events. We would be honoured to be references for you in the future.

Adrienne Weinstock married David Slover on August 7, 2011

Cantor Staiman, you did such a wonderful job conducting our wedding ceremony! Many people told us how beautiful your singing was, and it was evident from your words that you had really put thought into the sermon about us. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us and our families. The wedding was unforgettable, and you were a big part in making it extra special!

Emily Goodman married Jordan Brooks on June 30, 2010

Deborah, I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful ceremony!! The entire wedding was a whirlwind but the ceremony is the one part that remains vivid in my mind. We will remember and cherish it forever. It really was absolutely perfect.

Hayley Schifpper married Ian Taylor on June 6, 2010

Cantor Staiman, your voice, warmth and words make the bedeken and ceremony very very special. Thank you for making our big day even more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I am more than happy to recommend you to everyone I know!!

Melanie Grad married Daniel Schneider on May 28, 2010

Thank you so much Deborah for making our wedding day truly memorable and so personal. We can't decide which parts of the ceremonies were our favorite. The Ketubah signing was so beautiful and intimate while the main ceremony was...well, words can't describe how moving it was and how personal you spoke about our love. We sincerely appreciate how special you made our service and thank you also for holding my hand as tears of joy rolled down my cheeks.

Kelila Nussdorf married Michael Fazio on October 12, 2008

Cantor Staiman officiated a beautiful and intimate ceremony for Michael and I. Even today people still talk about our ceremony. We were very lucky to have someone with such a beautiful voice. She is naturally gifted and her singing made the ceremony extra beautiful.

Brooke Hecter married Michael Yasskin on May 24, 2006