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
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 email@example.com.
Rabbi Todd Zinn is the Director of Jewish Journeys and Enrichment at Honeymoon Israel (HMI). HMI strives to make young couples of all backgrounds feel welcome in the Jewish community and to inspire them to incorporate Jewish values and traditions into their lives in their own way through impressive community based travel to Israel. Rabbi Zinn guides the educational vision and implementation within the Honeymoon Israel community working to create dynamic educational programming, meaningful social action work, and deep relationships. Prior to his work at HMI, Rabbi Zinn served as a Rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation in Chicago, Illinois. He 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.