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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 Philadelphia to support you. Rabbi Elyssa Cherney 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. She 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 her at elyssa@18Doors.org.

Our Events


Thu 04

Passover Showers and Easter Flowers – Online

March 4 @ 7:00 pm CST
Join us to learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover, and how you can celebrate in a way that’s meaningful to both of you as an interfaith couple. We’ll also discuss how to navigate the spring holidays.
Tue 09

Passover, Pillows, Props and Puppets! – Online

March 9 @ 8:00 pm EST
Come learn how to engage kids and the young at heart in the telling of the Passover story. Rabbi Elyssa will share her seder tips and tricks for making old traditions new again. This is an interfaith-friendly event.
Thu 11

So You’re Hosting Passover: Seder Leading 101 – Online

March 11 @ 7:00 pm EST
Are you leading or attending a Passover seder on your own this year? Whether you’re hosting a small seder at home or others are joining you virtually, we have the tools you need to feel confident creating a seder that’s right for your interfaith, intercultural or mixed-heritage family.
Sun 14

Four Cups of Cabernet: Wine Appreciation and Jewish History – Online

March 14 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Join 18Doors, OneTable Boston and The Vilna Shul for a chance to learn the art and science of wine appreciation and wine and food pairing as a window to Jewish history and culture as we prepare for Passover. BYOB.
Tue 16

Passover, Pillows, Props and Puppets! – Online

March 16 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Come learn how to engage kids and the young at heart in the telling of the Passover story. Rabbi Cheryl will share her seder tips and tricks for making old traditions new again. This is an interfaith-friendly event
Tue 23

Seder Cocktails: A Treat You Can’t Passover – Online

March 23 @ 7:30 pm EDT
Join Molly Kazin Marshall from 18Doors and Sarah from ParTea for a virtual evening of Passover cocktail making for interfaith couples in their 20s and 30s. We'll be creating two cocktails inspired by the flavors of the seder plate (ritual Passover items).

Meet Rabbi 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.