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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 12

Say Cheese! Baking Montreal Cheese Bagels for Shavuot

May 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and The Wandering Chew to bake a tasty cheese-filled Shavuot treat while learning about this unique Jewish holiday.
Wed 12

Unlocking Bedtime: Creating Jewish Rituals for Kids – Online

May 12 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
How do I create meaningful bedtime rituals? Rabbi Greg Weisman shares how parts of the Jewish tradition can help create the comfort of routine for little ones as they prepare each night for sleep.
Thu 13

Pew Research Center’s 2020 Survey on Jews in the U.S.: Diversity and Complexity of Identity Among Interfaith Couples, Jews of Color and LGBTQ Families

May 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
18Doors and Pew Research Center invite you to join a virtual presentation and conversation about findings from the Center’s new 2020 survey of Jewish Americans, to be released May 11, 2021.
Thu 27

Couples & Conversation: Parenting Edition – Online

May 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:45 pm EDT
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 couples who are expecting and those with children under the age of six.
Jun 03

From Lox to Latkes: How Food Shapes Our Cultural & Religious Identity

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Join Rabbi Michael Shulman and other interfaith couples to talk about religion/culture and food. Coming from different religious/cultural backgrounds, you and your partner likely grew up eating different foods—let’s dig in to this fruitful topic!
Jun 10

Unlocking Shabbat: Learning to Create a Friday Night Ritual – Online

June 10 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
How do we welcome Shabbat with little kids? Rabbi Greg Weisman shares how creating a Friday night Shabbat experience can be fun for the whole family.
Jul 11

Couples & Conversation – Online

July 11 @ 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 Jewish/interfaith couples.

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.