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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


Sep 11

Our Year of Firsts – Online

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Open to all engaged or newly married couples who are interfaith (intercultural, dual faith, Jew-ish, etc.), Our Year of Firsts offers you the opportunity to explore the deeper meaning behind Jewish holidays, create new traditions together and meet other interfaith couples.
Sep 15

Ask the Rabbi: Interfaith Couples Edition (Chicago)

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Have you ever had questions and thought to yourself, I really wish I could ask this to a rabbi over a beer? Join other interfaith couples along with Rabbi Todd Zinn, 18Doors Rukin Rabbinc Fellow and Director of Jewish Journeys and Enrichment for Honeymoon Israel and 18Doors Chicago Community Director, Tani Prell, for a casual night of asking the rabbi any question you've ever had about anything. We'll meet up at a bar in Lakeview.
Oct 11

Planning Your Jew-ish Wedding: Crafting a Meaningful Ceremony – Online

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Learn about the Jewish elements of a wedding ceremony and the deeper meaning behind rituals with 18Doors Boston Community Director, Molly Kazin Marshall.
Oct 13

Planning Your Jew-ish Wedding: Creating Your Perfect Ketubah – Online

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors' Molly Kazin Marshall and other interfaith couples for a workshop that will help you craft the perfect ketubah (Jewish marriage document) for your marriage—whether that means selecting existing text or writing custom language.
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.