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Hanukkah: Sundown November 28
The eight-day Festival of Lights commemorates the Jewish recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE.

Hanukkah: Sundown November 28
The eight-day Festival of Lights commemorates the Jewish recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE.




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In a relationship where one of you is Jewish – and the other isn’t? We can help you connect with Jewish. Questions about holidays, lifecycle events or even about the day-to-day relationship challenges? We’re here with guidance – and have been sharing Jewish interfaith knowledge since 1999.

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What happens when Hanukkah falls on Christmas? How do you help your child feel included at Hebrew school when only one of you is Jewish? What’s a matzah ball? Regardless of your background or involvement in Jewish life, we have tools, guides, learning experiences and events – both virtual and local – designed by Jewish interfaith experts to help you feel more confident in Jewish.

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Upcoming Events

Nov 07

Bursting with Joy! Virtual Birthing Class (Boston) – Online

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Certified Nurse-Midwife Sarah Kleinman, Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, and 18Doors team up for a virtual birthing class that will cover the birthing process and guidance through the birthing practice, as well as a discuss on Jewish values, ideas, and rituals around birthing — including naming ceremonies and the bris.
Nov 09

Couples & Conversation: Parenting Edition (Boston) – Online

November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Being part of an interfaith/Jew-ish/multi-faith/however-you-define-yourself couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This online workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. It is intended for Boston-based couples who are expecting and those with children under the age of two.
Nov 13

Making Menorahs & Memories (Chicago)

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Join 18Doors' Tani Prell and make holiday memories as a couple by creating your very own Hanukkah menorah (a hanukkiah). You'll get to mold the clay in whatever shape of hanukkiah you'd like, paint your hanukkiah as a couple and enjoy a socially distanced dinner. We will also celebrate Havdalah (the closing of Shabbat) as a group before diving into our memory making. All multi-faith, multi-tradition, multi-cultural couples welcome!
Nov 18

Gratitude Without the Attitude: Healthy Communication During Thanksgiving (Chicago) – Online

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Thanksgiving: the holiday filled with gratitude, food, and family. While it’s great to connect around the table with loved ones, sharing stories and having laughs, Thanksgiving can also become a holiday of heated debates, hurtful remarks, and let’s face it... sometimes even tears. Join 18Doors' Tani Prell and SHALVA's Jordyn Scorpio to learn some helpful tips for handling conflict during the holidays.
Nov 18

What To Do in December: A Live Q&A for Grandparents Balancing Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Hanukkah and Christmas can be a joyful time, but let's be honest: It can also be incredibly challenging for grandparents with grandchildren in interfaith families. Join moderator Linda Silberman, board member of 18Doors, and panelists Rabbis Robyn Frisch and Malka Packer-Monroe from 18Doors, who will answer the questions they hear the most from grandparents around the December holidays.
Nov 30

Dreidels, Drinks, and Donuts: A Hanukkah Celebration with Yisod & 18Doors (Boston)

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Join Yisod (Temple Emanuel's 20s & 30s group) and Molly Kazin Marshall from 18Doors for a Hanukkah celebration under the TE Tent. Together we’ll play dreidel, light candles, eat donuts and enjoy a festive cocktail. Make sure to bundle up and bring a mask! All participants must be fully vaccinated. This event is for interfaith couples/Jews and people who love them. You don't need to know how to play dreidel or spell "sufganiyot" in order to eat a jelly doughnut!
Dec 02

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Being part of an interfaith/Jew-ish/multi-faith/however-you-define-yourself couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This online workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. It is intended for couples who are expecting and those with children under the age of two.
Dec 02

Making Mochi Doughnuts: A Multicultural Hanukkah Workshop (National) – Online

December 2 @ 8:00 pm EST
Join us for a Hanukkah workshop that celebrates all multicultural, interfaith, Jewish+ families and couples! 18Doors' Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe will lead us as we light our Hanukkah candles together and then Nourish Co.'s Kristin Eriko Posner will lead us in a step-by-step workshop to make mochi doughnuts.
Dec 07

2021 Ignite the Light Celebration

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Join us for an evening celebrating the work and impact of 18Doors. The mission of 18Doors is to empower people in interfaith relationships— individuals, couples, families and their children—to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourage Jewish communities to welcome them. The vision of 18Doors is that people in interfaith relationships are […]
Dec 09

What To Do in December – A Live Q&A for Parents Balancing Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

December 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Hanukkah and Christmas can be a joyful time, but let's be honest: It can also be incredibly challenging for those of us in interfaith families. All kinds of issues can arise when it comes to what and how to celebrate; how to share and stand by your decisions with grandparents and other extended family members; and so much more. Join moderator Lauren Schreiber Sasaki from Jewish& and panelists Rabbis Robyn Frisch and Malka Packer-Monroe from 18Doors, who will answer the questions they get asked the most from parents around the December holidays.
Dec 14

To Tree or Not To Tree: December Decisions (National) – Online

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
The December holiday time can and should be joyful, but it can also bring up tensions with our partners and immediate or extended families. Join Rabbi Denise Handlarski from 18Doors and Lauren Schreiber Sasaki from Jewish& along with other interfaith couples to get tools for navigating this time of year in a safe and supportive space.
Jan 20

Let’s Bayit: Homebuying and Building a Jew-ish Home (Atlanta) – Online

January 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Buying your first home is a big deal. It's a seemingly overwhelming process, and just figuring out how to get started can feel like a herculean task. Join Rabbi Malka Packer from 18Doors Atlanta and Jon Effron, a Compass realtor, to learn about building a Jew-ish home and how to get started. (And, if you were wondering, bayit means “house” in Hebrew!)