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A Reverend and a Rabbi Discuss the December Holidays – Online

December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 pm EST


Join Reverend Debra McKnight, the Founding Pastor of Urban Abbey in Omaha, and 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Steven Abraham, for a night of learning and sharing devoted specifically to the December holidays. We recommend wearing your favorite holiday sweater and making a cozy beverage to get in the holiday spirit. Rev. Debra and Rabbi Steven will share a bit about their respective holidays, and then we’ll spend some time talking about what it’s like to be in an interfaith family this time of year. Participants who wish to do so will have the opportunity to share some of the blessings and challenges that they experience during the holiday season. Finally, Rev. Debra and Rabbi Steven will share some ideas for kids activities or programs that can be done to create a more meaningful holiday experience. Parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles, caregivers and friends who want to celebrate the season are welcome.

Tuesday evening, December 1 at 8:00pm EST (7:00pm CST/5:00 pm PST) via Zoom.


Meet Rabbi Abraham

Rabbi Steven Abraham is the Rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, NE. Steven graduated from the rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received a M.A. in Jewish Education. Prior to attending JTS, he earned his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Baltimore. Most recently, Rabbi Abraham earned a Certificate from the Interfaith Families Engagement program at Hebrew College.

Rabbi Abraham currently sits on multiple boards including the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands and the national board of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He has two wonderful children, Naama (8) and Leor (5). Rabbi Abraham is thrilled to be working with like-minded colleagues in the 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship and the 18Doors Team.

Meet Reverend Debra McKnight

Debra McKnightDebra is the Founding Pastor of Urban Abbey. In 2010, she was ordained in the United Methodist Church. She is a 2008 graduate of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, which invited her to love liturgy, explore diverse theological perspectives, push boundaries on the church’s traditional structures and experiment with preaching in a rigorous academic community. Before seminary, she earned a Masters in Education and lived and worked in Germany as an education counselor for active duty military personnel.

18Doors believes our community is enriched by the diversity of its members. We welcome all families, and invite racially diverse and LGBTQ families to participate in our programming.