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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 guidance with a lifecycle event or to find inclusive Jewish events and meet other interfaith couples at your life stage, we’re here to help you. We are thrilled to have a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Meredith Kahan, here in Cincinnati to support you.

Rabbi Meredith and our other Rukin Fellows throughout the U.S. and Canada offer programming for interfaith/intercultural couples and families to discuss relevant issues. We hope you’ll join Rabbi Meredith for programs and workshops, which include opportunities to reflect on your backgrounds, differences and similarities and discuss your hopes, plans and dreams for the future. She 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 her at

Our Events

Jan 11

In This Together: Navigating Your Interfaith Relationship in a Time of War (National)- Online

January 11, 2024 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
The outbreak of war in the Middle East has been shocking, scary and painful for many. Couples that come from different backgrounds may experience additional difficulty and challenge when processing and discussing this war. Join 18Doors, Rabbi Emily Hyatt and Jessica Moskowitz, LCSW, to discuss how the war is impacting you and your partner, while gaining skills to better communicate with and support one another.
Jan 17

Converting to Judaism? Everything You Need to Get Started (National)- Online

January 17, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Join 18Doors and Rabbi Steven Philp to learn all the things you might want to know as you're getting started exploring conversion to Judaism. We'll cover some basics like how to choose which movement to convert with, finding a rabbi to work with, and we'll answer questions like what's a beit din and what's a mikvah? There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation!
Jan 23

You’re Welcoming A Baby! Naming and Rituals for Interfaith Parents (National)-Online

January 23, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Welcoming a baby into your life is such a joy and also comes with having to make a lot of decisions. For parents from different faith backgrounds, the decisions can be difficult to make. Do you have a baby naming ceremony, a bris (ritual circumcision) and/or some other ritual to welcome your baby into your family? Join Rabbi Simone Schicker who will share with expectant parents the different welcoming ceremonies and rituals interfaith couples may choose to have.
Feb 07

Our Year of Firsts: Parenting Edition (Cincinnati)

February 7, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Our Year of Firsts: Parenting Edition will launch a new parenting program targeting interfaith couples in their first ~18 months of being parents as a partnership between a national leader in interfaith engagement, 18Doors, and Rabbi Meredith Kahan of Rockdale Temple. The goal is to provide low barrier settings for participants to build community, connections and confidence in participating in Jewish life and raising Jewish children.
Feb 08

The “How To” Before the “I Do” (National)-Online

February 8, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
You're engaged--mazel tov (congratulations!)! Whether you've always dreamt of having a certain type of wedding or you have no clue what kind of vibe you're going for on your big day, chances are you've got a LOT of questions and an ever-growing to-do list! Let 18Doors help you navigate some of those questions that Jewish/interfaith couples often face!

Meet Rabbi Meredith Kahan – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Meredith Kahan serves as Senior Rabbi of Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. She previously served as their Associate Rabbi & Educator for seven years. She received her social work degree from Ohio State, and was ordained in 2013 from HUC-Cincinnati. Rabbi Kahan’s professional passions include liturgy and sacred music; engaging families with young children; community-wide and multi-faith work; innovating in congregational programming and building affinity spaces. She and her husband do their best to keep up with their three young children. Rabbi Kahan is honored to be a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow and to learn alongside colleagues who are dedicated to creating a more inclusive and affirming Jewish community.