Sixth & I celebrates intersections—the unexpected places where Jewish and secular culture meet.
Completed in 1908, our building—located on the corner of 6th and I streets in downtown Washington, DC—has undergone numerous transformations. To learn more about its’ 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.
Sixth & I Board of Directors – 2017
President/Chair: Shelton Zuckerman
Vice-Chair: Simone Friedman
Secretary/Treasurer: Esther Foer
Executive Committee At-Large: Ronald Abramson
Executive Committee At-Large: Marcy Cohen
Executive Committee At-Large: Ralph Dweck
Irene Pollin, Founding Board Member
Robert P. Kogod