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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


Fri 30

Shabbat ShaZoom – Online

October 30 @ 4:00 pm EDT
Get your family in the right frame of mind for Shabbat with this sweet, interactive and engaging virtual program. Join us with your young children for storytelling, songs and Shabbat blessings.
Nov 02

Couples and Conversation – Online

November 2 @ 7:00 pm CST
Being part of an interfaith 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.
Nov 05

Couples and Conversation – Online

November 5 @ 8:00 pm EST
While being part of an interfaith/intercultural couple can be incredibly amazing, it can have its challenges. 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.
Nov 12

Planning a Meaningful Jewish/Interfaith Wedding Ceremony – Online

November 12 @ 8:00 pm EST
Planning a wedding? Learn about the Jewish elements of a wedding ceremony, the deeper meaning behind rituals like breaking the glass, standing under a chuppah or circling seven times, and ways to include multiple backgrounds and traditions to make the ceremony uniquely yours.
Nov 15

2020 LimmudFest: Welcoming your child’s partner from a different faith background – Online

November 15 @ 12:00 pm EST
Join us at Boston's 2020 LimmudFest for a session on welcoming your child's partner from a different faith background.
Dec 04

December Holiday Discussion for Interfaith* Couples – Online

December 4 @ 8:00 pm EST
Join Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe, Director of 18Doors Atlanta for a conversation about the joys and challenges of celebrating the December holidays in an interfaith home.
Dec 15

Our Year of Firsts – December Virtual Discussion – Online

December 15 @ 8:00 pm EST
Explore the deeper meaning behind Jewish holidays, create new traditions together and meet other couples. Open to all engaged or newly married couples who are interfaith* (intercultural, dual faith, Jew-ish, etc.).

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!).