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LGBTQ+ Interfaith Sukkot (Chicago)

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT


This Sukkot, Mishkan, Keshet and 18Doors invites all LGBTQ+ folks, interfaith couples and our friends to experience the holiday of Sukkot together in Lakeview. There will be snacks, conversation, celebration of our Queer Jewish ancestors, and opportunities to connect as a couple and community.

From its origins, Sukkot is a harvest festival that commemorates the memory of the Israelites seeking shelter in temporary huts while wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. Today we celebrate by spending time enjoying food, recognizing the people who came before us and giving gratitude in a temporary structure called a sukkah.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Tani at tani@18doors.org!

We take everyone’s health, safety, and comfort seriously. All adult event participants must be fully vaccinated. Please see the registration page for more details.




Tani PrellMeet 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.


Meet Jackie Maris

Jackie is a queer, South African Pisces with a love for education and community-building. She has worn various facilitator hats as a madricha (summer camp leader) and Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education) with Netzer, as a Hebrew school teacher at Temple Israel in Cape Town, and as Co-Chair of the Limmud Conference in Johannesburg. She brings these experiences together in her current role at Keshet as their Chicago Education & Training Manager. When she’s not working, Jackie serves on the board of Tapestry (a chamber choir in NYC), volunteers with Midwest Books to Prisoners (mailing books to incarcerated folks), and collects zines on Etsy.


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 Boystown with his cat Miso.


This event is cosponsored by Keshet and Mishkan Chicago

18Doors believes our community is enriched by the diversity of its members. We welcome everyone, and invite racially diverse and LGBTQ individuals to participate in our programming. All of our virtual programs offer automated closed captioning. If you need additional captioning support, or any other accommodations to fully participate in a program, please let us know on your registration form.


October 16
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
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