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What is Jewish Identity? A Shavuot Conversation for Interfaith Couples (New York) – Online

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


What does it mean to be part of the Jewish people/community today if you yourself are not Jewish? Join Rabbi Emily Cohen from 18Doors and other interfaith couples for a thought-provoking conversation. The Book of Ruth (traditionally read on Shavuot) has an important interfaith storyline: Ruth becomes a Jew by choice. As an interfaith couple, how do you relate to the Jewish community? Together we’ll learn about Shavuot and discuss issues of community and identity.




Emily CohenMeet Rabbi Emily Cohen

Rabbi Emily Cohen is the rabbi of West End Synagogue: a Reconstructionist community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She graduated in 2018 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and prior to joining West End spent two years as the Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Resident with Lab/Shul in New York City. An artist from an early age, Rabbi Emily’s “side projects” have included Passover parodies (“The Hamilton Haggadah”), a podcast (“Jew Too? Tales of the Mixed Multitude”) and a great deal of Jewish music. She also writes regularly for Alma.

Rabbi Emily is part of the growing population of American Jews raised by one Jewish parent and one parent of another faith. Her interfaith roots lead her to look always to the edges of Jewish community and to center the voices that are least heard.


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.


June 1
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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Rabbi Emily Cohen