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What To Do in December: A Live Q&A for Grandparents Balancing Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


Hanukkah and Christmas can be a joyful time, but let’s be honest: It can also be incredibly challenging for grandparents with grandchildren in interfaith families. Join moderator Rabbi Becky Joseph (a grandparent of an interfaith family) and panelists Rabbis Robyn Frisch and Malka Packer-Monroe from 18Doors, who will answer the questions they hear the most from grandparents around the December holidays.

You’ll get equipped with tools for how to make Hanukkah meaningful for you and your grandkids (whether you live near or far) without offending your child and their partner; how to communicate during this touchy time; whether it’s “OK” to join them in celebrating Christmas, and much more. The program will include time for participants to ask their own questions as well.


Meet Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe

Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe is deeply committed to helping interfaith couples and their families find deeper meaning in both their spiritual and daily lives. As a rabbi, educator, and director at 18Doors in Atlanta, she is proud to provide interfaith workshops, programming, and counseling, along with officiating weddings and baby naming ceremonies. Rabbi Packer-Monroe was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2014. She and her wife welcomed a baby in July of 2019 and are enjoying time together as a family.


Meet Rabbi Robyn Frisch

As Director of the Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship, Rabbi Frisch is proud to work with a select group of rabbis throughout the US and Canada who provide programs, workshops and other services for interfaith couples and families within their communities. Rabbi Frisch believes strongly that diversity and inclusion are good for the Jewish people and she is committed to helping individuals, couples and families of all kinds to feel comfortable doing Jewish and engaging with the Jewish community. She is married to Rabbi Seth Frisch, with whom she has three children: Benji, Noah and Tali. She enjoys taking her dog Bo for walks and traveling with her family.


Meet Rabbi Becky Joseph

Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Joseph is an independent rabbi, educator, and consultant. She has served as a ritual leader, pastoral guide, and teacher for congregations, independent minyanim, Jewish communal organizations, and individuals across the country and around the world. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, she has led Shabbat and holiday services, facilitated experiential learning, given lectures, and developed resource materials for a wide range of social service and social justice institutions, both inside and outside the Jewish world. She is a grandmother and lives in Berkeley, CA.



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.