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Are you looking for Jewish clergy for your upcoming wedding or baby naming? Seeking help on your journey to conversion? If you’re looking for guidance with a lifecycle event or to find inclusive Jewish events and meet other interfaith couples at your life stage, we’re here to help you. We are thrilled to have a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Joshua Fixler, here in Houston to support you.

Rabbi Josh and our other Rukin Fellows throughout the U.S. and Canada offer programming for interfaith/intercultural couples and families to discuss relevant issues. We hope you’ll join Rabbi Josh for programs and workshops, which include opportunities to reflect on your backgrounds, differences and similarities and discuss your hopes, plans and dreams for the future. He is also available for one-on-one consultations and to refer you to local Jewish clergy and organizations that welcome interfaith/intercultural couples and families. Contact him at rabbijosh@18doors.org.

Our Events


Wed 28

Discussing Antisemitism as an Interfaith Couple (National)-Online

February 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Antisemitism is a painful reality for the Jewish community and it has only gotten worse in the United States and Canada over the last few years. Join 18Doors, the ADL and other interfaith couples, to learn about antisemitism and how it specifically affects interfaith couples and families.
Mar 12

Couples & Conversation (National)- Online

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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 in their 20s and 30s.
Mar 13

Planning Your Interfaith Wedding…Together! (National)-Online

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors’ Molly Kazin Marshall for a three-part series to plan your Jewish/interfaith wedding, together with other Jewish/interfaith couples! Having other couples to bounce ideas around with can be the most helpful resource of all as you're planning your big day. Join us for these three sessions. Each session will include time for couples to get to know one another, share updates in the planning process, and brainstorm together. This series is highly interactive and a great way to get to know other interfaith couples who are in the thick of wedding planning!
Mar 19

Practical Torah for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith Families (National) – Online

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm EDT
Join Rabbi Ari Saks and other grandparents with interfaith families for a four-session series that focuses on rabbinic teachings and lessons from the Torah and Bible that highlight ways we can create a meaningful and inclusive family culture for everyone in our interfaith family.
Mar 21

Allyship in a Time of Rising Antisemitism (National)- Online

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and the ADL for a program designed to give interfaith couples an opportunity to learn about how to support one another during times of rising antisemitism. You'll also explore concrete ways to be an ally and a caring partner.
Apr 16

Welcome to the Seder: Grandparents’ Role in Embracing ALL Family Members at Passover (National) -Online

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and the Jewish Grandparents Network to discover how you can take the lead in welcoming and embracing family members and other guests of different faiths and cultures to create a joyful, engaging experience for all participants. Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal will share practical ideas so that this year’s seder celebrates the Exodus and freedom in a way that resonates for all.

Meet Rabbi Fixler – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Joshua Fixler serves as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas. He is the president of the Houston Faith Leaders Coalition and a member of the steering committee for the Texas Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-TX). Rabbi Fixler was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in May 2017. While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Fixler was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Rabbinical Fellow. During his time at HUC-JIR, Joshua also completed an Advanced Professional Certificate in Management for Public & Nonprofit Organizations at New York University.

Meet Rabbi Hausman-Weiss – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow (Alumni)

Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss was ordained by HUC in Cincinnati, OH in 1999, with an MA in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters. He studied at HUC in Jerusalem and LA, as well as the UJ Rabbinic program. In his first pulpit at Temple Emanuel as the Rabbinic Director of Education and Outreach, he served the Jewish community of Birmingham, AL for 12 years. Rabbi Scott is the founding Rabbi of Shma Koleinu in Houston, TX. Shma Koleinu is a synagogue without walls and without requiring a financial or membership commitment, that serves all Jews, Jewish families and those who love them. Rabbi Scott is proud to be a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, as he continues to develop and grow in his ability to serve all who seek out Jewish life and experience. He especially loves working with interfaith couples and families, because they are often the most open to what Judaism, Jewish ritual and tradition can offer.