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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 two Rukin Rabbinic Fellows, Rabbi Ari Saks and Rabbi Jodie Siff, here on Long Island to support you.

Rabbi Ari, Rabbi Jodie 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 them 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. They are 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 Rabbi Ari at and Rabbi Jodie at

Our Events

Tue 16

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

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 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.
Tue 16

You’re Invited: A Guide to Your First (or Second) Passover Seder (National)-Online

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
Celebrating Passover or attending seder for the first (or second) time? Mazel tov! This is a session for anyone invited to a seder, a member of a Jewish family, anyone who has recently become Jewish, is on your path to Judaism, or just want to learn more about what happens at a Passover seder. During our time together, you'll learn the traditional steps of a Passover seder, some worldwide variations, and contemporary reinterpretations. Of course, we'll also hold space for your questions. Learn everything you need to be prepared for this beloved holiday celebration.
Jun 06

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

June 6 @ 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 in person 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.

Meet Rabbi Ari Saks – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

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.

Jodie Siff

Meet Rabbi Jodie Siff – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Jodie Siff grew up in Plandome, N.Y. and has been serving the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore community as their Rabbi for 23 years.

Jodie works with the synagogue’s nursery school and the older adult community.

A mentor through the Elaine Breslow Institute at Beit T’Shuvah, she works to support Jewish professionals and individuals who are yearning to create sacred space and build sacred relationships in their work and lives. Jodie believes that the behavior of someone in recovery, one of a daily practice of reflection and integration of life, is not just for addicts. She embraces this belief and helps people create their own practices.

Jodie and her husband Peter are the proud parents of four young adults.