What brought you to your current position?
Honestly, the initial thing that brought me to this position was www.JewishJobs.com. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to work in the Jewish community at that point in my life, but I was working at a sleep away camp the summer after graduating college and my director pushed me to look at the site and see if anything might interest me. I decided to give it a shot and applied to Sixth & I. After meeting the people at Sixth & I (which was only a staff of 4 at that point), I was immediately impressed by their commitment to creative thinking and infusing arts and culture with contemporary religion. A few interviews later, I was hired as the Family Programming Director (due to my camp background) and the Finance Associate (due to my business experience). Not long after, I passed off those duties and became involved in a couple of areas that were more appealing to me: Live Entertainment (music, comedy, film) and Young Professional programming.
Many know you as “The 6th and I Trivia Guy.” What goes into the preparation for trivia nights?
I have to give credit where credit is due. The format I have established for the Sixth & I Trivia Night came from a Trivia Night that I used to attend every week during my senior year of college at a local bar run by a friend of mine. The range of questions was just right and the relevance to our age group and interests was always spot on. That’s what I try to offer here, always with new interesting twists. After more than three years of offering a monthly trivia contest, it gets harder and harder to find new, quality questions each time, but we do our best to search the web, pick each other’s brains and try to develop new, attractive rounds and questions for trivia veterans, as well as people that are stepping into Sixth & I for the very first time.
When you’re not working, where can we find you?
Working at Sixth & I has a lot of great perks, but also comes along with a lot of long hours, so when I can get away, I like to. Whether that’s a trip to the Bahamas, hiking in the Shenandoah or visiting friends and family in Philly or NYC, it’s a nice change of pace. When in town, I love to try out new restaurants, see shows at the 930 Club, see a new movie (often at the E St Cinema) or just hang with friends. And on Sundays during football season you can always find me at a sports bar cheering on my beloved Buffalo Bills.
What would your dream event be for 6th and I?
We often talk about this, and it’s generally in terms of what we do. As the Director of Live Entertainment and a huge Counting Crows fan, I have always wanted to get Adam Duritz (lead singer of Counting Crows) here to do a solo piano concert.
What new initiatives will we see this year?
Last year you saw us unveil Sixth & Rye, the first kosher food truck in D.C. This initiative actually came from a contest we ran called “Sixth & I’s Next Big Idea.” We received hundreds of submissions last year and the food truck became our winning idea. It just so happens that we’re currently running the contest for 2012. You can find more information about it on our website. The winner gets a $500 Visa gift card! There will be plenty more new, exciting things in 2012, but unfortunately, I can’t reveal anything yet…stay tuned!