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Couples & Conversation – Online

June 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


Couples and Conversation: Building a Life Together as an Interfaith* Couple

*Intercultural, Dual-faith, Mixed Heritage, Jew-ish . . .


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 Jewish/interfaith couples.

“Couples and Conversation” meets Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 7:00 PM EDT and will be facilitated by Rabbi Denise Handlarski, 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow. The workshop is $54/couple and registration is required.

Couples are invited to participate if they are seriously dating, engaged or newly married, exploring the issue of religion/culture in their relationship, and:

  • want to explore questions about their life together, including: How can we honor both of our heritages? Can we raise our children in one religion while exposing them to the other one? How will we celebrate holidays and lifecycle events? How can we talk to parents and other relatives about issues related to our interfaith relationship?
  • want to discuss and begin to make decisions about their religious/spiritual/cultural life together with support from other couples and a non-judgmental facilitator
  • want guidance from a facilitator who has experience working with interfaith couples and helping them to address actual and potential challenges particular to them
  • want to get to know and develop relationships with other interfaith couples who are thinking about similar issues

For more information, email

Local cohorts are also forming in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. Click on your city to contact the local director for more information on this option.



Meet Rabbi Denise Handlarski

Rabbi Denise Handlarski is the founder and spiritual leader of the online community Secular Synagogue, the spiritual leader of the Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Toronto, the author of the book The A-Z of Intermarriage published by New Jewish Press/University of Toronto Press. She also works as a Jewish Doula and a university professor for teacher candidates. Denise is delighted to be part of 18Doors and this important fellowship that will help move the conversation about intercultural partnerships for “oy” to joy!

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.