Are you looking for Jewish clergy for your upcoming wedding or baby naming? Seeking help on your journey to conversion? If you’re looking for support with a lifecycle event or to find inclusive Jewish events and meet other interfaith couples at your life stage, we’re here to support you. We have non-judgmental staff to help guide and connect you and a wealth of experience in the Boston community where 18Doors is headquartered.
We are thrilled to have Molly Kazin, our Outreach and Engagement Manager, and Rabbis Max Chaiken, Braham David and Jessica Lowenthal, our Rukin Rabbinic Fellows in Boston, to support you.
Molly is here to connect couples looking to engage with Jewish life and each other through casual events around the city and our rabbis run events for interfaith/intercultural couples to socialize and discuss relevant issues and workshops to reflect on your backgrounds, differences and similarities and discuss your hopes, plans and dreams for the future. Rabbis David and Lowenthal are also available for one-on-one consultations and to refer you to local Jewish clergy and organizations that welcome interfaith/intercultural couples and families. Contact them at boston@18Doors.org
Molly worked in educational programming and youth-serving nonprofits throughout the greater Boston area prior to joining 18Doors. She enjoys connecting interfaith couples with one another and to resources and tools to engage with Jewish culture and traditions. One of her favorite things to do is create unique programs to introduce Jewish culture and concepts in out-of-the-box ways, and she will never turn down a good ice breaker. Contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Max Chaiken recently relocated to Massachusetts with his husband and their dog (Oogie) to begin serving as the Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Andover. Prior to now, he was the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, where he served since his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2018. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Brown University, and is a proud alum of the URJ Camp Harlam and URJ Kutz Camp. A skilled musician, Rabbi Max has a passion for creative ritual, Hebrew, and helping folks find meaning in Jewish life, wherever and whenever he meets them. He looks forward to connecting with you soon! Contact him at rabbimax18Doors.org.
Rabbi Braham David has proudly served as Director of the Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI) since 2007, expanding innovative interfaith outreach and conversion programming on behalf of the Conservative Movement in Boston. Since 2003, Rabbi David has also served as Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Medford, MA, an intimate and welcoming egalitarian Conservative congregation outside Boston. While there, he has envisioned and supported the Temple’s successful renewal process with a focus on welcoming young families, social action and dynamic interfaith outreach initiatives.
Rabbi David received his ordination and an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. He is delighted for the opportunity to serve as a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow with 18Doors and to better serve interfaith couples in our Jewish communities. Contact him at rabbibraham@18Doors.org.
Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal is the Rabbi and education director at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose, MA. She works with a diverse array of people, both Jewish and Jewish adjacent, to create meaningful and fulfilling rituals and foster a loving and open community. A teacher at heart, Rabbi Jessica is passionate about helping each individual find their own pathway into Judaism. She is particularly excited to be a Rukin Fellow and embrace families of all background who want to bring Judaism into their lives.
Rabbi Jessica met her husband, Phil Weber, at the dog park, beginning as a two dog family. They have since expanded to include two boys, Louis and Max. Contact Rabbi Jessica at email@example.com.