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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 Simone Schicker, here in Kalamazoo to support you.

Rabbi Simone 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 Eve 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. She 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 her at rabbisimone@18doors.org.

Our Events


Thu 09

The “How To” Before the “I Do” – Online

February 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
You're engaged--mazel tov (congratulations!)! In this workshop, you'll get to meet other Jewish-interfaith couples planning their weddings and have access to 18Doors staff members who've planned their own Jewish-interfaith weddings. We'll go over the "how tos" of finding an officiant, determining the elements that make a wedding Jewish, and brainstorming how to customize a ceremony that reflects both you and your partner's identities.
Tue 28

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

February 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
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 couples in their 20s and 30s.
Mar 16

So You’re Hosting Passover: Seder Leading 101 (National) – Online

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Are you leading a Passover seder this year (perhaps for the first time)? Whether you’re leading a small seder or a large one, we have the tools you need to feel confident creating a seder that’s right for your interfaith, intercultural or mixed-heritage family. Join 18Doors for learning, conversation and questions, including basic elements of leading a seder and suggesting different Haggadot (books to lead you through the ritual meal).
Mar 22

Matzah and Eggs: Navigating Passover and Easter (National) – Online

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
For interfaith couples and families, what does celebrating both Passover and Easter holidays look like? We may look forward to the spring holidays and feel anxiety about the tensions they bring with them at the same time. Join 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow Rabbi Stephanie, who herself grew up in an interfaith family, for advice on navigating this time of year with compassion and understanding.
Mar 30

What to Do for Passover: Best Practices for Grandparents of Interfaith Families (National) – Online

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
As grandparents of interfaith families, our Passover seders and traditions may look different now than they did many years ago. Join 18Doors' Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe and fellow grandparents of interfaith families to revisit Passover through a new lens! We'll discuss the universally accessible themes of Passover, best practices for engaging our adult children and grandchildren of different faith backgrounds, and have time to build community with other grandparents across North America.

Meet Rabbi Simone Schicker – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Simone Schicker has been the spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in Kalamazoo, Mich. since her ordination from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2018. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas and was raised in an interfaith family. She is excited for the opportunity to learn from colleagues and teachers on the topic of interfaith engagement, and to bring her learning to all those in and around Southwest Mich. Rabbi Schicker is active in interfaith work in Kalamazoo and was recognized for her work as Clergy of the Year by ISAAC.