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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 Rabbi Todd runs 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 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 them at chicago@18Doors.org 

Our Events


Mon 31

Is There Room for Jesus/Muhammed/Buddha/Brahma/etc. in Your Jewish Interfaith Home? – Online

January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
How do you negotiate which aspects of you and your partner’s religious and/or cultural traditions you have in your home? Whether you’re just moving in together or you’ve been living with your partner for years, join 18Doors’ Rabbi Alex Greenbaum for a nonjudgmental discussion.
Feb 02

Couples & Conversation: Interfaithless Edition (National) – Online

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Being part of an "interfaithless" 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 cultural lives together. It is intended for seriously dating, engaged, and newly married couples.
Feb 02

Couples & Conversation: Parenting Edition (Chicago) – Online

February 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 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 Chicago-based couples with children under the age of two.
Feb 10

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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.
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

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

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.