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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


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 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.