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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 

Our Events


Tue 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!
Tue 30

The Real Story of Hanukkah: Finding Meaning for Interfaith Families (National) – Online

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Curious how the holiday of Hanukkah came to be what we celebrate today? First there was a war. Next there was a myth. But before both were thousands of years of humanity's reckoning with the mysteries of the world. 18Doors' Rabbi Michal Woll will explore universal, spiritual and moral interpretations of Hanukkah that can be meaningful for every member of an interfaith family and/or community.
Dec 01

FaithFULL: The Theology of Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Hanukkah and Christmas: two very different holidays that share an overlap of timing, food, some gifts, and anything else? What exactly is at the heart of both of these holidays? 18Doors' Rabbi Steven Philp of Mishkan will lead this workshop with a pastor to explore the theological differences between Hanukkah and Christmas.
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 seriously dating, engaged, and newly married couples.
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. Are you part of a Jewish-interfaith family? Then we want to celebrate YOU! This free event will feature wonderful speakers, complimentary drink recipes for you to make at home, giveaways, and a portion that will feature photos and stories from real interfaith families. Anyone […]
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.

Meet Molly Kazin Marshall

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 molly@18doors.org.

Meet Rabbi Max Chaiken

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.

Meet Rabbi Braham David

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.

Meet Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal

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 rabbijessica@18doors.org.