Sixth & I celebrates intersections—the unexpected places where Jewish and secular culture meet.
Completed in 1908, our building on the corner of 6th and I streets in downtown Washington, DC has undergone numerous transformations. To learn more about our building’s history as a Conservative synagogue (1908) turned African Methodist Episcopal Church (1951) and nearly would-be nightclub (2002), click here.
Since 2004, Sixth & I, through its openness and pluralistic approach, has redefined the 21st-century synagogue and community space with impactful, entertaining, and thought-provoking programs spanning Jewish and cultural traditions.
Timely and provocative events with authors, musicians, politicians, comedians, filmmakers, journalists, actors, chefs, and other visionaries allow the community to plug in to what’s happening at the forefront of arts and culture.
At Sixth & I, what it means to be Jewish is up to you. With a multi-denominational and non-membership approach, identity and community intersect on your terms for a uniquely Jewish experience. Sixth & I’s 6th in the City program series offers a space for Jews in their 20s and 30s to connect—to Judaism, arts and culture, spirituality, and to each other.
During his reading here, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz called Sixth & I a “utopian model” for what is possible for a community center—a revitalized historic space that looks boldly toward the future of spiritual and cultural engagement. Whether you come here for a holiday text study or an environmentally-friendly beer tasting, we look forward to seeing you at Sixth & I.
Founders Rory and Shelton Zuckerman; Irene and Abe (z”l) Pollin; Doug Jemal and family
Board of Directors President, Shelton Zuckerman; Ronald Abramson; Philip M. Horowitz; Robert P. Kogod; Irene Pollin
Advisory Board Chair, Ronald Abramson; Ami Aronson; Diane Bernstein; Marcy Cohen; Ralph S. Dweck; Philip M. Horowitz; Robert P. Kogod; Alfred H. Moses; Simone Friedman; Irene Pollin; David Bruce Smith; Shelton Zuckerman