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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 18Doors Chicago Innovation Hub.

We are thrilled to have Tani Prell, our Chicago Community Director, and two Rukin Rabbinic Fellows in Chicago, Rabbi Steven Philp and Rabbi Todd Zinn, to support you.

Tani is here to connect couples looking to engage with Jewish life and each other through casual events around the city and Rabbis Todd and Steven 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 Todd and Steven 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 chicago@18Doors.org 

Our Events


Tue 06

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

December 6 @ 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 Rabbi Becky Joseph (a grandparent of an interfaith family) 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.
Wed 07

To Tree or Not To Tree: Navigating the December Holidays (National) – Online

December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
The December holiday season can and should be joyful, but it can also bring up tensions for interfaith families. Join Rabbi Stephanie Crawley and other interfaith couples to discuss how you can navigate the winter holidays in a safe and supportive space. Many couples face similar questions around decision-making, and we can learn from one another.
Thu 08

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

December 8 @ 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. 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.
Jan 10

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

January 10, 2023 @ 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 seriously dating, engaged, and newly married couples in their 20s and 30s.
Jan 11

Awakenings: Transforming Jewish Responses to Interfaith Marriage (National) – Online

January 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Jewish professionals and clergy are invited to join a discussion between Rabbis Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt—authors of "Awakenings: American Jewish Transformations in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging"—the Center for Radically Inclusive Judaism's Edmund Case, and 18Doors' Jodi Bromberg and Rabbi Robyn Frisch, as they address current transformations in attitudes about interfaith marriage, and what's required for interfaith couples and partners from different faith backgrounds to feel included in Jewish life and community.
Tani Prell

Meet Tani Prell

Tani is dedicated to fostering inclusive Jewish spaces. As the Chicago Community Director, she loves partnering with couples, families, and individuals to bring sparks of Jewish joy into their lives. Tani’s career has been centered on education, Judaism, and the arts, with a commitment to inclusion and belonging present throughout. In her spare time Tani enjoys spending time with her partner, Charles, and her cat, Winston. They are a family of sci-fi enthusiasts, Chicago outdoor brunch connoisseurs, and lovers of all things art. Contact her at tani@18doors.org.

Meet Rabbi Steven Philp – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Steven Philp is an Associate Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Steven earned an M.St. in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford and an M.Div. and M.S.W. from the University of Chicago. Steven grew up in California and Hawaii, as a Roman Catholic with a strong Protestant heritage. He became passionate about interfaith work while in college, a path that eventually led him to convert to Judaism. Steven is excited to work with 18Doors, helping others find communities that affirm their whole selves. He currently lives in Lakeview with his husband Toby, cat Miso, and dog Momilani. Contact him at rabbistevenphilp@18doors.org.

Meet Rabbi Todd Zinn – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Todd Zinn is a Rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation in Chicago, Illinois. In his work, he focuses on dynamic educational programming, meaningful social action work, impactful social justice campaigns, developing deep relationships with other faith communities and engaging individuals and families. Rabbi Zinn was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, California. Before coming to Chicago, Rabbi Zinn worked with college students at the University of Southern California, at Beit T’shuva—a residential addiction treatment facility, and in congregations throughout Southern California. Contact him at rabbitodd@18doors.org.