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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


Sun 24

Ready, Set, Bake! A virtual cookie class for Tu Bishvat

January 24 @ 2:00 pm EST
Join 18Doors Boston and chef and dietician extraordinaire Micah Sivah to make delicious “everything cookies,” inspired by the upcoming Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat! This event is for interfaith couples in their 20s/30s.
Sun 24

Family Seder for Tu Bishvat (Jewish Earth Day) – Online

January 24 @ 3:00 pm CST
Jewish interfaith families are invited to join 18Doors and Jewish& for a musical, fun, engaging family seder for the environmental Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat! We will eat fruits associated with the holiday, connect with the Jewish time of year and sing together to celebrate the birthday of the trees. No prior knowledge necessary.
Fri 29

Celebrate Jewish Earth Day with Food – Online

January 29 @ 7:00 pm EST
Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday when we celebrate the birthday of the trees. It's an opportunity to strengthen our connection to the environment and is a very accessible holiday for people of all backgrounds. Join us for a creative, interactive, spiritual Tu Bishvat seder (ceremonial meal).
Feb 01

Couples and Conversation – Online

February 1 @ 7:00 pm PST
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.
Feb 07

Not What I Expected: Jewish Interfaith Grandparenting – Online

February 7 @ 11:00 am EST
Is grandparenting in an interfaith family a little—or a lot—different from what you expected? This will be a safe space where you can discuss your experience of having children/grandchildren in interfaith families.

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.