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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 two Rukin Rabbinic Fellows here in Los Angeles to support you. Rabbi Max Chaiken and Rabbi Daniel Sher run 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. 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 Max at rabbimax@18Doors.org and Rabbi Daniel at rabbidanielsher@18doors.org

Our Events


May 04

From Interfaith Family to the Rabbinate: Three Communal Leaders’ Jewish Journeys – Online

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Join Tema Smith from 18Doors, Rabbi Emily Cohen, Rabbi Eric Woodward and rabbinical student Becky Jaye to hear their insights, grounded in their personal experience growing up in interfaith families, and their professional expertise on how best to engage interfaith families in Jewish life.

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!).

Meet Rabbi Daniel Sher

Ordained in 2018 at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, Rabbi Daniel Sher serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Kehillat Israel in the Pacific Palisades, CA.  There he works with families of all ages, ranging from preschool through 20’s and 30’s, among other rabbinic responsibilities.

Rabbi Sher enjoys spending time staying active, exploring the beauty of the city he lives in. Of course, that is all the more fun with his wife Jennifer, and kids Levi and Sami. As a southern California native, Rabbi Sher loves to now experience this city through a completely different lens.   As an 18Doors Fellow, Rabbi Sher hopes to activate couples’ engagement with the beauty and relevance of the Jewish experience, and witness for themselves the meaning it can add to our modern lives.