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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 Los Angeles to support you. Rabbi Max Chaiken 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. 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 max@18Doors.org.

Our Events


Sep 03

Planning Your Wedding During COVID: A Discussion Forum for Engaged Interfaith Couples – Online

September 3 @ 8:00 pm EDT
If you’re currently engaged, whether or not you have a wedding date at this point, we hope you’ll join us for this special Discussion Forum where couples will have the opportunity to share their experiences and the decisions they’re making, and where you’ll hear from 18Doors’ Rabbi Robyn and Rabbi Malka about their experiences and advice from working with numerous interfaith wedding couples.
Sep 09

Our Year of Firsts – September Gathering – Online

September 9 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Open to all engaged or newly married couples who are interfaith, Our Year of Firsts offers you the opportunity to explore the deeper meaning behind Jewish holidays, create new traditions together and meet other couples.
Sep 27

High Holidays in Nature: A Virtual Mini-Retreat – National

September 27 @ 11:00 am EDT
18Doors welcomes Rise Gatherings Retreat Creators for a High Holiday Nature Experience. Together we will tap into our reciprocal relationship with nature as a way to explore the themes of the High Holidays.

Meet Rabbi Max Chaiken

Rabbi Max Chaiken serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA. Among other rabbinic responsibilities, he directs The Open Yad Project, a community of folks in their 20s and 30s, and oversees weekly worship music.

As an 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Chaiken enjoys connecting couples to officiants, officiating customized life cycle ceremonies, and facilitating meaningful workshops that help couples explore the questions most important to them as they build lives together across diverse cultural and faith traditions. Rabbi Chaiken believes that Judaism can help bring meaning to couples’ lives, and relishes in opportunities to help share that joy and passion. Rabbi Chaiken lives with his husband, Rabbi Danny Shapiro, and their dog, Oogie (short for Cookie Monster, in Hebrew!).