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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 St. Louis to support you. Rabbi Karen Kriger Bogard 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 karen@18Doors.org.

 

Our Events


Feb 09

The “How To” Before the “I Do” – Online

February 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
You're engaged--mazel tov (congratulations!)! In this workshop, you'll get to meet other Jewish-interfaith couples planning their weddings and have access to 18Doors staff members who've planned their own Jewish-interfaith weddings. We'll go over the "how tos" of finding an officiant, determining the elements that make a wedding Jewish, and brainstorming how to customize a ceremony that reflects both you and your partner's identities.
Feb 28

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

February 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
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 couples in their 20s and 30s.

Meet Rabbi Bogard – Rukin Rabbinic Fellow (Alumni)

Karen Bogard grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She then continued her studies at the rabbinical school of Hebrew Union College (HUC) where she met her husband, Daniel Bogard. After ordination at the Cincinnati campus they began sharing a pulpit at Anshai Emeth in Peoria, Illinois. After five amazing years in Peoria, Karen and Daniel continued their co-rabbi model at Adath Israel in Cincinnati, Ohio, for two years. Karen is so excited to now be serving Central Reform Congregation and living in St. Louis. Through the various congregations, Karen has spent much time developing programs for multi-faith families; something she loves doing and feels passionate about. She has very much loved her work with 18Doors and the rest of the fellowship cohort. The couples she has met and programs she has run have helped deepen connections, spark conversations, and show first hand the importance of this work and message.