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Rosh Hashanah: September 7
The Jewish New Year begins at sundown the evening of the 6th and some celebrate for two days. 

Rosh Hashanah: September 7
The Jewish New Year begins at sundown the evening of the 6th and some celebrate for two days.




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Upcoming Events

Fri 06

First Friday Interfaith Shabbat Dinner (Chicago)

August 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Whether Shabbat is something you observe weekly, or you're new to incorporating it into your week... Whether you grew up Jewish or you're new to it... If you're dating, engaged or married, and figuring out what Jew-ish looks like in your relationship... ...Join Tani Prell, 18Doors Chicago Community Director, for Shabbat dinner with other interfaith couples!
Sun 15

Tu B’Av Partner Yoga (Atlanta)

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
Fertility journeys can be physically exhausting, lonely and emotionally/financially challenging, but you aren't alone. Join Rabbi Malka and yoga teacher Rebecca Leary Safon for all-levels partner yoga as we learn about the Jewish day of love, Tu B'Av.
Wed 25

GPS for the Soul: Setting Spiritual Direction for the High Holy Days – Online

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
What if there was a yearly, accessible and wise tradition that could help us chart our year ahead? There is, and we call it Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! Join Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss over three nights - an hour each night - to set a spiritual direction for the High Holy Days this year and then to reflect on the holidays after Yom Kippur.
Wed 25

High Holidays at Home for Your Interfaith Family – Online

August 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Are you a parent in an interfaith family looking for ways to celebrate the High Holidays at home? Rabbi Daniel Sher will offer ideas and inspiration for authentic ways to connect with your family during this meaningful time of the Jewish year.
Thu 26

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

August 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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!)
Sun 29

Hard Cider for a Sweet New Year (Chicago)

August 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
What better way to ring in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, than with a flight of hard ciders at North Shore Cider Company? We'll try some ciders together, Tani Prell from 18Doors Chicago will dive into some High Holy Day traditions and we'll get to know other interfaith couples from around the Chicago area.
Sun 29

PJ Library Presents: Rock Out the Summer!

August 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0
Calling all families with young children! Join us for a free concert. Josh and the Jamtones will perform at Temple Shalom of Medford on Sunday, August 29th.
Mon 30

How to Celebrate the High Holidays in Secular/Cultural Ways – Online

August 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
In this workshop, Rabbi Denise Handlarski will offer ideas and examples for how to mark this important time of year without prayer or synagogue services. This is for people who are looking for a cultural/secular/spiritual (and of course interfaith) but not religious approach to the holidays.
Tue 31

A Mandylicious Challah Braidalong for Rosh Hashanah (Boston) – Online

August 31 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Who knows challah better than Mandylicious?! Join Boston area Challah Guru Mandy Silverman of Mandylicious and 18Doors' Molly Kazin Marshall for a virtual challah-making class. In honor of Rosh Hashanah, we will be making a special apple-shaped round challah (complete with sprinkles, of course!). Whether you grew up celebrating Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year is completely new to you, we hope you'll join us for a fun and delicious evening.
Sep 01

Our Year of Firsts – Online

September 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Open to all engaged or newly married couples who are interfaith (intercultural, dual faith, Jew-ish, etc.), Our Year of Firsts offers you the opportunity to explore the deeper meaning behind Jewish holidays, create new traditions together and meet other interfaith couples.
Sep 03

First Friday Interfaith Shabbat Dinner (Chicago)

September 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Whether Shabbat is something you observe weekly, or you're new to incorporating it into your week... Whether you grew up Jewish or you're new to it... If you're dating, engaged or married, and figuring out what Jew-ish looks like in your relationship... ...Join Tani Prell, 18Doors Chicago Community Director, for Shabbat dinner with other interfaith couples!
Sep 26

Couples & Conversation (Atlanta)

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+0
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 workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. It is intended for Atlanta-based couples who are seriously dating, engaged, or newly married.
Oct 03

Couples & Conversation: Parenting Edition – Online

October 3 @ 8:15 pm - 9:45 pm EDT
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.
Oct 07

Couples & Conversation (Los Angeles) – Online

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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 workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. It is intended for Los Angeles-based couples who are seriously dating, engaged, or newly married.