Our Year of Firsts

Our special program for engaged or newly married couples

Sign Up for Our Year of Firsts

Deepen your relationship with your partner and celebrate an exciting year together.

What this Year-Long Program Includes

Monthly Virtual Discussions

We meet the first Wednesday of every month from 8-9:30 pm EDT/EST over Zoom. Those dates are as follows:

 i. September 1, 2021

 ii. October 6, 2021

 iii. November 3, 2021

 iv. December 1, 2021

 v. January 5, 2022

 vi. February 2, 2022

 vii. March 2, 2022

 viii. April 6, 2022

 ix. May 4, 2022

 x. June 1, 2022

Special Gifts!

We’ll mail you special gifts (value totaling $150) three times a year to help bring Jewish culture and practice to your home.

A Place to Connect

You’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group. This is a safe place to connect with one another and where we’ll share curated content on different topics relevant to the monthly themes.

What Our Participants are Saying

 I valued and appreciated these opportunities so much. I don’t know where else I would find this community outside of this… I never felt this welcome or comfortable to engage in this way in other communities.

Lyndsay W. (Boston, MA), Our Year of Firsts Participant

[Our Year of Firsts] inspired us to come up with more creative/ fun ways to incorporate traditions into our lives.

Heather B. & Kenny F. (New York, NY), Our Year of Firsts Participants

I have a new appreciation for all aspects of religion and the religion that [my partner] follows… I’ve never developed my own attachment to religion but this helped me understand my partner’s religion and helps me understand why he does what he does.

Neha K. (Cambridge, MA), Our Year of Firsts Participant

We were very touched by the gifts, it made an impact and made me feel like we were on a journey together.

Marian P. (Montreal, Canada), Our Year of Firsts Participant

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Does this describe you and your partner?

  • We’re an interfaith (intercultural, dual faith, Jew-ish, etc.) couple.

  • We want to create new traditions & celebrate Jewish holidays in a way that is meaningful to us.

  • We’d like to figure out how we want our religious or spiritual lives to look in the future.

  • We could use guidance from a welcoming and non-judgmental rabbi.

  • We’d like to hear how other interfaith couples are navigating this.

If so, you’d be perfect for Our Year of Firsts.

Cost: $180 per couple ($18/a session) to participate in the entire year-long series

Questions? Contact Molly Kazin Marshall.

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Meet Our Facilitators

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Meet Molly Kazin Marshall

As Boston’s Community Manager for the Boston Innovation Hub, it’s Molly’s passion to connect interfaith couples in the Boston area to resources and tools unlocking aspects of Jewish culture and traditions. Molly and her husband recently designed their own Jew-ish/interfaith wedding and understands firsthand the questions that often come up for interfaith couples. With a passion for food and drink, Molly enjoys visiting the numerous breweries in the Boston area, plus baking and cooking at home. Kugel is one of her favorite foods, and is one of the few ways she will tolerate raisins. She especially loves hearing her friends who have never had kugel try to pronounce the word. Contact Molly at molly@18doors.org.

Elyssa Cherney

Meet Rabbi Elyssa Cherney

Rabbi Elyssa Cherney leads lifecycle rituals for couples and families in Philadelphia who aren’t affiliated with a particular synagogue. The most important aspect of her work is helping others mark time through rituals big and small. She created the website tacklingtorah.com to help people connect their Judaism to holy moments in their lives. Rabbi Elyssa engages the Philadelphia Jewish community at pop-up style events or co-hosting with other local Jewish non-profits. As a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow, she loves helping others explore how to talk about Jewish traditions in their interfaith homes. Rabbi Elyssa acts as a spiritual guide helping families navigate the joys and challenges of bringing different religious and/or cultural identities to the table. She is grateful to her partner Alan and kiddos Ava Jane and Zeke for supporting her in this work. Contact her at rabbielyssa@18doors.org.

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