Explore how you and any family member can create an appropriate holy space their interfaith home that feels right for everyone. 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs and Jewish Collaborative of San Diego’s Rabbi Gabi Arad will lead a discussion of, among other things:
- The mezuzah, which is traditionally hung on the doorpost of a Jewish home
- What makes a home “Jewish?”
- How to address these issues with children/future children
- How to navigate the various holidays with family members of different faiths
We will meet via Zoom on January 18th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM PST.
Meet Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs
Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs is the Director and co-founder of ISH, a welcoming, non-denominational spiritual service grounded in Jewish wisdom. Rabbi Jacobs creates an open dialogue with spiritual seekers everywhere and offers innovative resources to enable every individual to create the spiritual life that works best for them. A graduate of William Smith College, she received a Master’s of Divinity from Yale University and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. A chaplain for law enforcement, Rabbi Jacobs is committed to embracing interfaith families within Jewish life. Rabbi Jacobs is married to Rabbi Andrew Jacobs and mother to Abigail and Jonah. The joy in making a difference in the lives of interfaith families has been equaled only with the pride of learning with the amazing staff and colleagues at 18Doors! Visit Clergy Profile
Meet Rabbi Gabi Arad
Cantor/Rabbi Gabi Arad was invested as a Cantor in 2003 and ordained as a Rabbi in 2006 – both by the Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion. Gabi has worked in the Jewish community her entire life (including being a hostess at a Jewish diner in South Florida). In her college years, she ran a summer camp at her synagogue, was a counselor at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia, taught Hebrew school, ran youth groups, served as a Cantorial assistant, and ran services for many of the nursing homes in South Florida. In 1999, Gabi began her Hebrew Union College Career in Israel. Throughout her 7 years of graduate school, Gabi served as a Cantorial intern (and eventually as an assistant Cantor) at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC, Rabbinical intern at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in NYC, Summer Intern for Hebrew Union College, and traveled the country serving as a student representative for Hebrew Union College. In 2005 Gabi finished her Rabbinical school studies (commuting from DC to NYC), gave birth to her beautiful first daughter, Noa, and worked for a year as the Cantor at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. In 2008, Gabi accepted the position of Senior Cantor at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, NY where she served for four years. Gabi truly feels that her path has led her to the creation of the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego. She has served in many communities and has met many amazing congregants. With all her experience, she could not be more excited about creating (with the help of incredible people) this dream Jewish community. Gabi resides in Carlsbad, CA with her two beautiful daughters, Noa and Maia.
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.