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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


Nov 18

What To Do in December: A Live Q&A for Grandparents Balancing Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Hanukkah and Christmas can be a joyful time, but let's be honest: It can also be incredibly challenging for grandparents with grandchildren in interfaith families. Join moderator Linda Silberman, board member of 18Doors, and panelists Rabbis Robyn Frisch and Malka Packer-Monroe from 18Doors, who will answer the questions they hear the most from grandparents around the December holidays.
Nov 30

The Real Story of Hanukkah: Finding Meaning for Interfaith Families (National) – Online

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Curious how the holiday of Hanukkah came to be what we celebrate today? First there was a war. Next there was a myth. But before both were thousands of years of humanity's reckoning with the mysteries of the world. 18Doors' Rabbi Michal Woll will explore universal, spiritual and moral interpretations of Hanukkah that can be meaningful for every member of an interfaith family and/or community.
Dec 01

FaithFULL: The Theology of Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Hanukkah and Christmas: two very different holidays that share an overlap of timing, food, some gifts, and anything else? What exactly is at the heart of both of these holidays? 18Doors' Rabbi Steven Philp of Mishkan will lead this workshop with a pastor to explore the theological differences between Hanukkah and Christmas.
Dec 02

Couples & Conversation (National) – Online

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
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 couples who are expecting and those with children under the age of two.
Dec 02

Making Mochi Doughnuts: A Multicultural Hanukkah Workshop (National) – Online

December 2 @ 8:00 pm EST
Join us for a Hanukkah workshop that celebrates all multicultural, interfaith, Jewish+ families and couples! 18Doors' Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe will lead us as we light our Hanukkah candles together and then Nourish Co.'s Kristin Eriko Posner will lead us in a step-by-step workshop to make mochi doughnuts.
Dec 07

2021 Ignite the Light Celebration

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Join us for an evening celebrating the work and impact of 18Doors. Are you part of a Jewish-interfaith family? Then we want to celebrate YOU! This free event will feature wonderful speakers, complimentary drink recipes for you to make at home, giveaways, and a portion that will feature photos and stories from real interfaith families. Anyone […]
Dec 09

What To Do in December – A Live Q&A for Parents Balancing Hanukkah and Christmas (National) – Online

December 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Hanukkah and Christmas can be a joyful time, but let's be honest: It can also be incredibly challenging for those of us in interfaith families. All kinds of issues can arise when it comes to what and how to celebrate; how to share and stand by your decisions with grandparents and other extended family members; and so much more. Join moderator Lauren Schreiber Sasaki from Jewish& and panelists Rabbis Robyn Frisch and Malka Packer-Monroe from 18Doors, who will answer the questions they get asked the most from parents around the December holidays.
Dec 14

To Tree or Not To Tree: December Decisions (National) – Online

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
The December holiday time can and should be joyful, but it can also bring up tensions with our partners and immediate or extended families. Join Rabbi Denise Handlarski from 18Doors and Lauren Schreiber Sasaki from Jewish& along with other interfaith couples to get tools for navigating this time of year in a safe and supportive space.

Meet Rabbi Bogard

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.