Thanks for emotional support
  • You are so wonderful- how did we get so lucky to have you in our lives?!  You have a remarkable ability to be there every time my heart has reached out.  “Thank you” hardly seems like enough. I can only hope that you feel my love and appreciation to you for a long time to come!
  • I just want to say Thank you for being available for my father's service last Monday.  We really appreciated your part in the service.  I know it was a "mitzvah" for you to visit my dad twice at the V. A. hospital.  He had a very strong Jewish heart and it was a comfort I am sure.  Our family and friends complimented your portion of the service. You helped make a most difficult time less difficult.
  • You are indeed a marvel!  “Thank you” does not even come near to express my appreciation for your thoughtful calls.  Your considerations are unlimited.  These are simply a few lines to express my appreciation for your concern. . . The heart can feel so many things that words can never convey.
  • Thank you for the support you gave me when I needed it most.  In particular, the gracious and erudite way you helped with the service at our home.  I’ve always been a fan of yours- TK and I loved talking about your rabbinical skills.  Again, thank you for the kindness you extended to me.
  • Thank you for the beautiful funeral service you performed for my husband.  You made a stressful and heart rending time more bearable.
  • Nothing has been as meaningful to me as your visit with us during our time of need.  It was an incredible act of love, respect and friendship that we will all remember.
Thanks for the wonderful wedding ceremony
  • H. and I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU for officiating our ceremony. We really loved what you said, and many of our guests made a point to tell us that they felt the same way. We could not have imagined a more perfect ceremony. We are so glad that R.M. put us in touch with you!
  • I wanted to thank you so much for such a beautiful ceremony.  We had so many people come up to us and tell us how much they enjoyed every bit!  Thank you for helping (us) to have the perfect wedding.  :)
  • Dear Rabbi Koppell,
    I am still recovering from what was a most wonderful celebration of Casey and Adam's wedding. I was overwhelmed and swapped with family and friends after the ceremony that I did not get a chance to properly say good bye. I want to thank you so very much for a most memorable ceremony. Your words were so warm, touching, and meaningful. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
  • Thank you so very much. I have known Rabbi Bonnie for over fourteen years. She was our first choice to perform the wedding ceremony. During the wedding process, Rabbi was such a source of knowledge, comfort, and inspiration for us. Whenever we had questions or concerns, she never hesitated to answer them. She made the wedding process much easier to handle and made it more enjoyable. My husband and I both agree, we made the right choice.
  • Just a quick note to thank you for the best wedding ceremony we could have asked for!  It was simply amazing.
  • We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did for us in the year leading up to our simcha and throughout our wedding weekend.  Your guidance, knowledge, support and counsel meant more than you will ever know.  Thank you for making our ceremony exactly what we had hoped it would be.  You captured the depths of our relationship and the values and aspects that truly mattered to us in a seamless and beautiful way.  We will forever cherish that day in our lives in large part thanks to you.  We look forward to sharing many more celebrations with you in the years to come.
  • Thank you so much.  It was a very special day... your words meant so much to us and we will definitely keep them in mind and in our hearts... Thank you for everything!!
  • Rabbi Koppell, You made our wedding day so special, Thank you for. . . the deeply spiritual mitzvah. . . your enlightening explanations and details of the ceremony. . . for coaching and guiding us from the start and helping us to create this joyous celebration, for loaning and gifting resources to enhance our journey. . . and most of all for being our Rabbi and helping to sanctify our wedding!!
  • I am writing to thank you for the wonderful wedding you conducted.  Though we are already 10 days past the wedding I am still “on Cloud 9”!
  • Thank you for making our ceremony so beautiful.  Your chanting was absolutely awe-inspiring, and your personal remarks meant a lot to us.  We will always carry them in our hearts.  Your invaluable input helped us design a sacred and meaningful ceremony.
Thanks for the baby naming.
  • Thank you very much for the birth certificate.   It just arrived and isbeautiful.   You have been so very kind, helpful and easy to work with.You went into a field of work for all the right reasons.   You have been ablessing to our family.
  • Thank you so much for working with us and creating such a beautiful naming ceremony for M.  We appreciate all the extra effort you made.  Our friends especially liked you.  Thank you again for everything.
Thank you for the Bar/Bat Mitzva
  • Thank you so much for everything. You made Matt feel so comfortable and we are still just beaming with so much pride! He did so well and truly made the most of his experience! It has been a magical weekend! He had the best night!! Thanks again!!
  • Thank you for your loving guidance and patience during this wonderful year, not only for our son but our entire family.  Our lives seem so much richer and so full.
  • Thank you for all your efforts in preparing D. for his Bar Mitzvah.  Your support and good thoughts and words to him really helped him to do his best. and to appreciate what he was accomplishing.
  • Thank you for meeting with us and answering all of our questions.  Your wisdom was very insightful.  We greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for teaching/public events
  • I wanted to write and thank you for a magnificent presentation.  Our people thoroughly enjoyed you, and, in fact, said that you were one of the outstanding speakers in our series.
  • I would like to express our appreciation for your excellent presentation. Your discussion was both informative and delightful as well as inspiring.  Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us.
  • You did an extraordinary job and we are most grateful to you for what you have done in helping us.  You have been a great leader in our community. . .you have done an exemplary job and we are all proud of your accomplishments
Rabbi Bonnie Koppell -
Phone: 602-628-1728 

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Bris/Baby Naming - Rabbi Koppell will work with you to custom design a unique ceremony to welcome your precious child.
Bar/Bat Mitzva - Rabbi Koppell provides tutoring in Torah and Haftara cantillation, assistance with preparation of a dvar Torah speech, and will create a service to inspire the guests at your celebration.
Wedding - Rabbi Koppell is frequently sought after as a wedding officiant. Her insights into marriage and her thoughtful perspective on the ceremony are always a highlight of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
Funeral - At the end of our journey, how can we summarize and reflect on the enduring impact of our loved ones?  Rabbi Koppell will craft a eulogy focusing on the legacy we come together to honor.
Professional writing services - Rabbi Koppell is available to assist you with all your writing needs- letters, sermons, and bulletin articles. 
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