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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 Phoenix to support you. Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein 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 rabbicookie@18Doors.org.

Our Events


Tue 16

Welcome to the Seder: Grandparents’ Role in Embracing ALL Family Members at Passover (National) -Online

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
Join 18Doors and the Jewish Grandparents Network to discover how you can take the lead in welcoming and embracing family members and other guests of different faiths and cultures to create a joyful, engaging experience for all participants. Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal will share practical ideas so that this year’s seder celebrates the Exodus and freedom in a way that resonates for all.
Tue 16

You’re Invited: A Guide to Your First (or Second) Passover Seder (National)-Online

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
Celebrating Passover or attending seder for the first (or second) time? Mazel tov! This is a session for anyone invited to a seder, a member of a Jewish family, anyone who has recently become Jewish, is on your path to Judaism, or just want to learn more about what happens at a Passover seder. During our time together, you'll learn the traditional steps of a Passover seder, some worldwide variations, and contemporary reinterpretations. Of course, we'll also hold space for your questions. Learn everything you need to be prepared for this beloved holiday celebration.
Jun 06

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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 in person 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 in their 20s and 30s.

Meet Rabbi Olshein – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow (Alumni)

Ordained in 2008, Rabbi Olshein began her tenure in June 2021 as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Tempe, AZ. She was most recently the Resident Rabbinic Scholar of Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson/Las Vegas, NV, and before that spent 8 years as the Rabbi of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach, FL, and 4 years as Assistant/Associate Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, TX. A lawyer in Las Vegas for 10+ years before entering rabbinical school, she was ordained by HUC-JIR (LA). Her professional passions include teaching adult education, leading congregational Jewish music, bringing awareness to social justice issues, creating interfaith opportunities for dialogue and worship and facilitating workshops on spirituality in everyday life. She loves learning with her 18Doors Cohort and is excited to deepen her interfaith work through learning best practices to better serve the community.