You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. Learn more about 18Doors Jewish Clergy Referral Service here.
Here’s a quick look at how our Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service works:
To be eligible, you must fit these criteria:
No, you do not need to be a member of a clergy association to be listed with us.
No, you don’t have to co-officiate to be included on our referral list. We ask couples if they are seeking co-officiation and only recommend rabbis who are comfortable with this practice.
18Doors reserves the right to remove any clergy from the referral list at any time. Reasons for removal include repeated negative feedback received from couples and families to whom we’ve referred them, public allegations of bad behavior or suspension by a rabbinical or cantorial association.
Currently, we do not charge couples/families or clergy for use of this service. We’re always grateful for those clergy who choose to donate to 18Doors to thank us for helping to connect them with opportunities for hire.
Good question. You do! We let couples know that clergy set their own price and that prices vary greatly depending on the experience level of the Jewish clergy, the location, the number of pre-event meetings they require, and other factors. When they ask, we tell them that on average most clergy charge between $1,000-$1,500 depending those factors. You can choose to list the price you charge for wedding officiation and what that fee includes on your profile.
No, instead they will reach out to you by email after they’ve viewed your profile. Please be prompt in responding back to them. If they are unable to reach you we may share your phone number. From there you can schedule a time to talk or meet with them, or continue the conversation over email.
We’re so excited to hear that. You can pass this link to the Jewish clergy you want to recommend. Once they fill it out, we’ll review their eligibility to see if it meets our standards, and hopefully, add them to our list of referred rabbis and cantors from there.
You can direct them to fill out our Jewish clergy request form. From there, our team will create and send them a customized list of rabbis and cantors based on the information they provide.
Maybe you want to get more training and experience working with interfaith couples. Learn more about applying to our Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship.
And if you’re looking to bring this work to your organization, check out our professional development offerings.
If you’re looking for some additional resources that complement your work with an individual, couple or family, we’ve got it! 18Doors offers several online and in-person opportunities in local communities where couples can connect with each other and meet other couples. Check here to see if our Couples & Conversation workshops and meetups are happening in your area. These events offer couples the chance to have important conversations around religion in their lives in a safe, supportive and fun environment.
We also have resources available online including easy-to-understand booklets for different lifecycle events, wedding and parenting blogs, email series that help cover the basics, and so much more! There are also plenty of opportunities for folks you’re working with to connect to other interfaith couples and families in a supportive online community. We have active Facebook groups on parenting and wedding planning.
Our referral service connects nearly 4,000 individuals, couples and families a year to interfaith-friendly Jewish clergy. Whether the need is for interfaith couples counseling, a wedding, baby naming, funeral or other lifecycle event, we’re here to offer our help and expertise for some of the most important moments in life. 18Doors is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities.
Interested in joining one of our local or national boards, hosting a fundraiser to support our mission, becoming a guest blogger or learning about other volunteer opportunities? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.