Interfaith Relationship Goals For the New Year

With the new year approaching, now is the perfect time to set goals in your interfaith relationship. Maybe you’re hoping to try new foods with your partner, come up with traditions together or talk more about holidays as a couple.

If you’re looking for ways to strengthen your interfaith relationship with your partner in 2021, why not have fun with it? Here at 18Doors, we can help you recognize the joys and navigate the challenges of being in an interfaith relationship. We hope these ideas for things try in the upcoming year inspire your 2021 planning.

Relationship Goals for the New Year

Goal #1: Spark Conversation

I’m sure you’ve heard before that the key to a strong relationship or marriage is communication. And lucky for you, we’ve got some great conversation starters to spark dialogue with your partner:

And use these holiday-themed ones throughout the rest of the year:

Goal #2: Learn From Others

It’s important to know that you’re not alone in the challenges and rewards you experience as an interfaith couple. You can learn so much from talking to other couples who get it.

This year, join one of our virtual offerings like Our Year of Firsts or check for upcoming events like “Couples & Conversation” at the bottom of the Couples corner of our site. You’ll get to meet other interfaith couples and share your journeys, together.

Goal #3: Explore Through Food

Home is where the….taste buds are. Get creative in the kitchen and explore each other’s backgrounds through food. Try learning a beloved recipe from your partner’s family, or find a new recipe to try here.

Goal #4: Create New Traditions

This year, try something new—as a team—and stick to it. Whether you’re outdoorsy or skilled in the kitchen, think about creating traditions that reflect who you are as a couple, and what you both enjoy doing.

Now put your goals to paper, place them somewhere you’ll see them regularly (like the fridge) and revisit them next New Year’s to see what you’ve accomplished together!


Nicole Wasilus

Nicole takes pride in directing the Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service which helps connect over 2,000+ couples and families annually to interfaith-friendly rabbis and cantors as 18Doors’ Director of Lifecycle Connections. She began her career working for Hillel after graduating from Penn State University in 2011. Nicole received her Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware in 2017. She was recognized in 2020 as a Jewish change-maker in a time of crisis by New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36”. When she’s not working, Nicole loves exploring new restaurants in Philadelphia with her husband, seeing independent movies, and taking her Insta-famous dog to the park.

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Nicole Wasilus

Author: Nicole Wasilus