Introducing: Non-binary Ketubah Texts!

I Carry Your Heart III Ketubah by Shell Rummel

Every ketubah needs a text—the text is the soul of the ketubah which anchors it in time and space. Ketubah artwork represents a couple in a subjective way, but the text represents a couple more directly. Due to our desire to be the definitive ketubah source, we have just completed a new category of ketubah text: non-binary.

We have many options for ketubah texts which satisfy the requirements of rabbis around the world, and which reflect the traditions, roots, and weddings of couples from all backgrounds. We offer text options that range from Orthodox to Reform, Sephardic, and even Anniversary options. We’re always looking to cover more weddings and provide suitable texts for more people.

We work hard to be the best choice for all our clients, and that means providing fitting and proper ketubah text for those who do not profess a gender or are marrying someone who does not profess a gender. The addition of non-binary texts brings us to a total of 10 text category options.

Non-binary Texts

The addition of non-binary texts required some time. Hebrew is a language built on the use of gendered pronouns, much like French or Spanish, which makes the creation of a non-binary text difficult. Fortunately, grammatical and awareness work alike has been carried on by such organizations as the Non-binary Hebrew Project.

Though tricky, the creation of these texts is a necessary thing that ensures no couple is left out of the excitement and pride of getting the perfect ketubah. The non-binary texts we are offering cover weddings with a male and non-binary person, a female and non-binary person, and two non-binary people.

A Little History

Gender nonconformism came closer to the mainstream through the 1990s and started to become a major topic by the 2010s when many celebrities, including big names like Miley Cyrus and Mal Blum, came out as non-binary or genderfluid.

Non-binary people are represented by two non-binary Pride Flags. The first flag which represented non-binary people was the Genderqueer flag, created in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie. As time went on, however, non-binary people felt that flag tagged them as ‘Genderqueer’ which was not their identity. As a result, a non-binary flag was created in 2014 by Kye Rowan. Since then, it has represented the community.

Non-binary? No Problem

Tree of Life (Rummel) Ketubah by Shell Rummel

Offering a ketubah for everyone is an important part of our business. We don’t want to exclude anyone from the wedding of their dreams, and ensuring an inclusive variety of ketubah texts is a major part of that. We’re proud to cover just about any wedding or couple possible, and are always looking out to cover more.

Non-binary texts are a natural evolution for ketubahs. It’s strange to note, but it actually parallels the art: after all, much of the ketubah art we offer is not gender specific or even prescriptive. Usually ketubah art is focused on representing the beauty of tradition and love. Anything less wouldn’t do.