Caraid has been officiating at weddings, engagements and other creative rituals since 2007. She has written and performed ceremonies in the Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, Celtic, secular and eco-spirituality (nature based) traditions. Most often, she is asked to create ceremonies that bring together multiple cultures and religions into one service.
In 2011, she created The Triangle Walk, together with the Eldridge Street Project for the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. With music by Cantor Jeff Warshauer and Deborah Strauss, 146 people in period costume walked from the site of the fire at NYU to the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side where they were eulogized by poetry in Yiddish and English.
Some of her favorite ceremonies include a Hindu-Jewish wedding performed with blessings in Hebrew and Sanskrit, an Irish wedding with a traditional hand fasting ceremony, a secular wedding for two African Muslims that included four languages as well as a ceremony for two artists who did not want to mention the word God. While at seminary, Caraid co-created a worship service with five female priests honoring the divine feminine.
An award winning playwright and translator, Caraid believes that creating a ceremony is an opportunity to craft a play about the story of our lives that blesses our hopes and dreams for the future while honoring our past. A ceremony is a profound energetic transformation that strengthens our power of intention. It also creates a potent memory that we can refer to for guidance and inspiration throughout our lives in times of both celebration and challenge.
Caraid is ordained as an Interfaith and Interspiritual minister from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City.