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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


Wed 08

Virtual Seders

April 8 - April 15
A list of virtual Passover seders
Sat 11

Virtual Passover Experience

April 11 @ 7:00 pm
How is this Passover different from all other Passovers?  Join us for an engaging, spiritually nourishing, virtual alternative Passover experience for Jews and their loved ones. 
Fri 17

Grandparenting in a Pandemic: A Conversation for Grandparents in Interfaith Families – Online

April 17 @ 1:00 pm
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff to swap ideas of how, as she says, “to be a creative grandparent/grand-friend using old and new technologies and all the skills you’ve ever learned in life.”
Thu 23

Grandparenting in a Pandemic: A Conversation for Grandparents in Interfaith Families – Online

April 23 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff to swap ideas of how, as she says, “to be a creative grandparent/grand-friend using old and new technologies and all the skills you’ve ever learned in life.”

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.

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(617) 581-6860
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