Sixth & I is a center for arts, entertainment, and ideas and a synagogue that reimagines how religion and community can enhance people’s everyday lives. Housed within a revitalized historic space dating back to 1908 in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, our unexpected mix of cultural and spiritual programs embraces the multi- faceted identities of those we serve and offers wide-ranging, eye-opening, and accessible experiences to inspire more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Our Jewish Life programming—including education, Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, social events, community-building cohorts, and social justice work—offers dynamic ways for those primarily in their 20s and 30s to engage with Jewish values, ideas, and traditions on their own terms and without judgment. As a multi- denominational, non-membership, and radically welcoming spiritual home, Sixth & I works to foster community among people at a similar stage of life, figuring out what matters to them and who they want to be. Unlike a traditional synagogue, the role we play in people’s lives is both temporary—in that we serve them at one phase of their lives, as they’re commonly shaping their post-college and pre-parenthood identities—and also long- lasting in that we plant seeds for living Jewishly and in community in ways that we hope will stick with them long after their time at Sixth & I.
Sixth & I seeks a rabbi to join our Jewish Life team to creatively, thoughtfully, and authentically serve and engage our community through these essential duties and responsibilities:
Connect newcomers to Judaism–including those converting to Judaism, non-Jewish partners of Jews, and Jews not actively practicing–and to each other by teaching the benefits of a shared sense of belonging.
Demonstrate fluency in Jewish texts, a deep love of teaching Torah, and a penchant for innovative learning modalities.
Creatively make use of Sixth & I’s dual nature (spiritual and secular) to root personal spiritual growth in a relevant and nuanced 21st century context.
Teach existing Sixth & I curricula and new topics of your choosing.
Community Support and Partnerships:
Meet with students enrolled in Sixth & I’s range of intensive and introductory-level classes, as well as other spiritual seekers in need of rabbinic support and guidance.
Foster existing and develop new organizational partnerships with interfaith, Jewish communal, and justice-driven organizations.
Shabbat/Holiday Experiences and Prayer Services:
Create and lead meaningful, accessible prayer experiences for Shabbat and holidays, as well as alternative Shabbat and holiday programming;
Report to Executive Director of Jewish Life while exercising full range of communal and pastoral responsibilities.
While Sixth & I welcomes and encourages candidates from all denominations, our rabbi must:
Permit mixed-sex seating in prayer services.
Accept the conversions of Sixth & I rabbis. Be a minimum of two years post-seminary.
Be willing to officiate at interfaith marriages for couples creating a Jewish household.
Be willing to officiate marriages for couples regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Fluid denominational identity a plus.
A personality that’s dynamic and engaging, available and accessible, thoughtful and compassionate, kind and non-judgmental, emotionally intelligent and funny, both vulnerable and prophetic at Yom Kippur, and off-color in a Purim spiel.
Empathic and able to create a safe space for a diversity of thoughts, perspectives, and opinions. Understand that there’s still a lot to learn and be hungry for new rabbinic experiences.
Commit to the vision of Sixth & I and represent its mission and values in the community.
Sixth & I is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants of all races, sexualities, and gender identities.
Benefits: Parsonage; Health, Dental, Vision; Short-term/Long-term Disability; AD&D + Life Insurance; Pre-tax
Transit Benefit; 401k Matching; Paid Holidays; Vacation; Sick Leave; Parental Leave
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Resume and cover letter (one page max) highlighting work with 20s/30s and
answering the question: “Why Sixth & I?”
List the two favorite classes you have taught, plus any videos, class outlines, text studies. Video of you giving a sermon (actual sermon given in front of people preferred).
Video or voice recording of you singing a niggun or tune you would teach a group of newcomer young professional Jews at a kabbalat shabbat service.