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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 a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Michael Shulman, here in Nashville to support you.

Rabbi Michael 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 Rabbi Michael 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. 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

Our Events

Wed 31

What I Wish I Knew Before Converting to Judaism (National) – Online

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and Rabbi Steven Philp to learn about all the things you might want to know about converting to Judaism. We'll cover some basics like learning about the different Jewish movements, finding the right rabbi to work with, and defining some terms involved in the conversion process including "beit din" and "mikvah." A Q&A will follow.
Jun 05

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

June 5 @ 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 couples in their 20s and 30s.
Jun 07

Understanding the Reality of Interfaith Couples Online (National) – Online

June 7 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors' Chief Digital Strategy Officer Kat Manos for a presentation on data and insights we might glean from examining how interfaith couples and families exist online in digital spaces. This event is for Jewish professionals and clergy, and will feature a presentation followed by a Q&A.
Jun 11

Pathways to Parenthood (in collaboration with the Jewish Fertility Foundation) (National) – Online

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
If you're in a Jewish-interfaith relationship and experiencing a fertility journey with your partner, you're not alone. Join 18Doors and the Jewish Fertility Foundation for a panel and discussion on the many different ways to grow your family, including IVF, IUI, adoption, and more.
Jun 14

To Bris or Not to Bris (National) – Online

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Join 18Doors, Rabbi Simone Schicker, and a mohel (the person who performs the circumcision) to learn about different welcoming ceremonies and rituals open to expectant parents, as well about the differences between a Jewish ritual bris and a circumcision performed in a hospital. Together, we'll explore some of the reasons that couples may choose to forego ritual circumcision and discuss the different ways to honor other cultural backgrounds as you prepare to grow your family!

Meet Rabbi Michael Shulman – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow

Rabbi Michael Shulman, RJE is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is currently the Director of Education and Next Generation Programming at The Temple in Nashville, Tennessee. The product of both Jewish and Catholic education, Rabbi Shulman holds degrees from Georgetown University, Xavier University and HUC-JIR, the Reform Movement’s Seminary.

Rabbi Shulman believes that Judaism becomes most meaningful in the context of community.  For years, he has worked with children and adults of all ages and backgrounds to build connections and open doors to Jewish life.  As a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Shulman looks forward to finding new and innovative ways to build and ensure our Jewish future for all of the members of our diverse community.