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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 Ari Saks, here on Long Island to support you.

Rabbi Ari and our other Rukin Fellows throughout the US and Canada offer programming for interfaith/intercultural couples and families to discuss relevant issues. We hope you’ll join Rabbi Ari 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 rabbiari@18doors.org.

Our Events


Mar 04

Passover Showers and Easter Flowers – Online

March 4 @ 7:00 pm CST
Join us to learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover, and how you can celebrate in a way that’s meaningful to both of you as an interfaith couple. We’ll also discuss how to navigate the spring holidays.
Mar 09

Passover, Pillows, Props and Puppets! – Online

March 9 @ 8:00 pm EST
Come learn how to engage kids and the young at heart in the telling of the Passover story. Rabbi Elyssa will share her seder tips and tricks for making old traditions new again. This is an interfaith-friendly event.
Mar 11

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

March 11 @ 7:00 pm EST
Are you leading or attending a Passover seder on your own this year? Whether you’re hosting a small seder at home or others are joining you virtually, we have the tools you need to feel confident creating a seder that’s right for your interfaith, intercultural or mixed-heritage family.
Mar 14

Four Cups of Cabernet: Wine Appreciation and Jewish History – Online

March 14 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Join 18Doors, OneTable Boston and The Vilna Shul for a chance to learn the art and science of wine appreciation and wine and food pairing as a window to Jewish history and culture as we prepare for Passover. BYOB.
Mar 16

Passover, Pillows, Props and Puppets! – Online

March 16 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Come learn how to engage kids and the young at heart in the telling of the Passover story. Rabbi Cheryl will share her seder tips and tricks for making old traditions new again. This is an interfaith-friendly event
Mar 23

Seder Cocktails: A Treat You Can’t Passover – Online

March 23 @ 7:30 pm EDT
Join Molly Kazin Marshall from 18Doors and Sarah from ParTea for a virtual evening of Passover cocktail making. We'll be creating two cocktails inspired by the flavors of the seder plate (ritual Passover items).

Meet Rabbi Ari Saks

Rabbi Ari Saks, a Rabbi Without Borders Fellow, is in his eighth year out of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Conservative Movement’s Seminary, and his third year as senior rabbi of the Huntington Jewish Center. Over the course of his rabbinic career, Rabbi Saks has launched many innovative programs to infuse passion and energy into his communities.

Rabbi Saks has a deep passion for working with interfaith families whether they raise their families with one religion or two religions. At the same time, Rabbi Saks works closely with Jewish parents who are navigating the complexities of having children marry someone of a different faith. Rabbi Saks participates in interfaith family lifecycle events as much as possible while upholding the standards of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement.

He is excited to work with 18Doors to further enhance his understanding of the needs of interfaith families, to learn best practices for engaging them, and to develop a network of like-minded clergy.