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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 30

Tips for Planning a Meaningful Jewish/Interfaith Wedding Ceremony – Online

July 30 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Learn about the Jewish elements of a wedding ceremony and the deeper meaning behind the rituals.
Sep 09

Our Year of Firsts – September Gathering – Online

September 9 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Open to all engaged or newly married couples who are interfaith, Our Year of Firsts offers you the opportunity to explore the deeper meaning behind Jewish holidays, create new traditions together and meet other 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.