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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 support with a lifecycle event or to find inclusive Jewish events and meet other interfaith couples at your life stage, we’re here to support you. We have supportive rabbis on staff to help guide and connect you.

We are thrilled to have a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow here in Las Vegas to support you. Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein runs events for interfaith/intercultural couples to socialize and discuss relevant issues and workshops 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 rabbicookie@18Doors.org.

Our Events

Dec 01

A Reverend and a Rabbi Discuss the December Holidays – Online

December 1 @ 8:00 pm EST
Parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles and caregivers of young kids are invited to this night of learning and sharing about the December holidays. You'll leave with ideas for kids activities that you can do to create a more meaningful holiday experience.
Dec 03

To Tree or Not to Tree: December Planning During A Pandemic – Online

December 3 @ 8:00 pm EST
Planning for the December holidays can sometimes be tricky, and the pandemic has added new challenges. 18Doors and Jewish& are teaming up to offer a workshop to help you lead with your values to create joyous and meaningful holidays, even if they look a little different this year.
Dec 09

Unlocking the December Holidays – For Couples with Young Kids/Thinking About Kids – Online

December 9 @ 8:00 pm EST
Join 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow Rabbi Danny Weiner and other interfaith couples with and without kids, to learn about Hanukkah and how to make it meaningful. We’ll also create a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss the challenges and blessings of navigating the December holidays as an interfaith couple.
Dec 15

Hanukkah at Home: Chocolate Coin Making for Kids – Online

December 15 @ 3:30 pm EST
There are so many delicious foods associated with Hanukkah, and they're fun not just to eat, but to make as well. You and your young children are invited to join us during Hanukkah for the fun and easy activity of making chocolate gelt (chocolate coins).
Dec 15

Our Year of Firsts – December Virtual Discussion – Online

December 15 @ 8:00 pm EST
Explore the deeper meaning behind Jewish holidays, create new traditions together and meet other couples. Open to all engaged or newly married couples who are interfaith* (intercultural, dual faith, Jew-ish, etc.).
Jan 19

Couples and Conversation – Online

January 19, 2021 @ 8:00 pm EST
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This online four session workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. Intended for seriously dating, engaged and newly married couples.

Meet Rabbi Olshein

After spending four years as a rabbi in Texas and a subsequent eight years as the rabbi of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach, Florida, Rabbi Cookie Olshein returned to her beloved Las Vegas Jewish community in July of 2020. A lawyer in Las Vegas for more than 10 years before entering rabbinical school, she was ordained by HUC-JIR (Los Angeles), the Reform Movement’s Seminary, in 2008. Her professional passions include teaching adult education, leading congregational Jewish music, bringing awareness to social justice issues, creating interfaith opportunities for dialogue and worship and facilitating workshops on spirituality in everyday life. She loves learning with her 18Doors cohort and is excited to deepen her interfaith work through learning best practices to better serve the community.