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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


Wed 12

Say Cheese! Baking Montreal Cheese Bagels for Shavuot

May 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and The Wandering Chew to bake a tasty cheese-filled Shavuot treat while learning about this unique Jewish holiday.
Wed 12

Unlocking Bedtime: Creating Jewish Rituals for Kids – Online

May 12 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
How do I create meaningful bedtime rituals? Rabbi Greg Weisman shares how parts of the Jewish tradition can help create the comfort of routine for little ones as they prepare each night for sleep.
Thu 13

Pew Research Center’s 2020 Survey on Jews in the U.S.: Diversity and Complexity of Identity Among Interfaith Couples, Jews of Color and LGBTQ Families

May 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
18Doors and Pew Research Center invite you to join a virtual presentation and conversation about findings from the Center’s new 2020 survey of Jewish Americans, to be released May 11, 2021.
Thu 27

Couples & Conversation: Parenting Edition – Online

May 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:45 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 online workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious/cultural lives together. It is intended for couples who are expecting and those with children under the age of six.
Jun 03

From Lox to Latkes: How Food Shapes Our Cultural & Religious Identity

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Join Rabbi Michael Shulman and other interfaith couples to talk about religion/culture and food. Coming from different religious/cultural backgrounds, you and your partner likely grew up eating different foods—let’s dig in to this fruitful topic!
Jun 10

Unlocking Shabbat: Learning to Create a Friday Night Ritual – Online

June 10 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
How do we welcome Shabbat with little kids? Rabbi Greg Weisman shares how creating a Friday night Shabbat experience can be fun for the whole family.
Jul 11

Couples & Conversation – Online

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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 online 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.

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.