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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 Chicago Director Andy Kirschner and Rukin Rabbinic Fellow Rabbi Steven Philp to support you.

If you’re a Jewish professional, member of clergy, or layleader in Chicago, Andy Kirschner will be your primary contact at 18Doors. He hopes to learn from leaders like you about how to best support your efforts in making Chicago a community of belonging for all interfaith couples and families. You can contact Andy Kirschner at

Rabbi Steven is 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 him at 

Our Events

Tue 16

Welcome to the Seder: Grandparents’ Role in Embracing ALL Family Members at Passover (National) -Online

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and the Jewish Grandparents Network to discover how you can take the lead in welcoming and embracing family members and other guests of different faiths and cultures to create a joyful, engaging experience for all participants. Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal will share practical ideas so that this year’s seder celebrates the Exodus and freedom in a way that resonates for all.
Tue 16

You’re Invited: A Guide to Your First (or Second) Passover Seder (National)-Online

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
Celebrating Passover or attending seder for the first (or second) time? Mazel tov! This is a session for anyone invited to a seder, a member of a Jewish family, anyone who has recently become Jewish, is on your path to Judaism, or just want to learn more about what happens at a Passover seder. During our time together, you'll learn the traditional steps of a Passover seder, some worldwide variations, and contemporary reinterpretations. Of course, we'll also hold space for your questions. Learn everything you need to be prepared for this beloved holiday celebration.
Jun 06

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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 in person workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. It is intended for seriously dating, engaged and newly married Jewish/interfaith couples in their 20s and 30s.
Andy Kirschner

Meet Andy Kirschner – Chicago Director

Chicago Director Andy Kirschner has combined coaching, facilitation, user centered design and even improv comedy to engage thousands of constituents so they connect more deeply to the missions of the organizations they serve. He sees the work of 18Doors as an extension of the bridge-building work that he has done for more than 20 years as a volunteer and professional in the nonprofit sector. His background includes sales, career counseling, business development, fundraising, social entrepreneurship, consulting, coaching, community organizing, and interfaith programing. Most recently, he served as the Director of Community Engagement at Chicago’s oldest synagogue, KAM Isaiah Israel. Andy has an Executive Masters of Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute.

Andy lives just outside Chicago in Oak Park with his wife, Rose, and two kids, John and Ellie. Outside of work he enjoys backyard BBQs, running, exploring kid-friendly spaces around the city and traveling with family. He is a member of the Chicago Advisory Council for the One America Movement, an organization working to build a united American society by eliminating toxic polarization. He is also an involved member of West Suburban Temple Har Zion and teaches at their religious school. Contact him at

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 Boystown with his cat Miso. Contact him at