Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Beth: I worked in DC every summer of college and I just fell in love with the city. I graduated in May of last year and moved here right after. This is the first time I have lived in a city with more than 30,000 people in it, so having so many things to do is still a novelty. Every time a friend suggests that we get a late dinner I still think “Yeah, right! Like a restaurant would still be open after 9pm on a weeknight!”
Aaron: Why do you work at Sixth and I?
Beth: How could I pass up a position where I get to spend my days coming up with fun, engaging programs for people my own age? I love that on any given day my job could include playing ping pong at an indoor picnic, spying on Fiona Apple’s sound check, hiking through Rock Creek Park with Rabbi Shira, or pouring shots at our annual Simchat Torah celebration. Add in the fact that all of my colleagues are such creative, energetic people and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.
Aaron: What is the coolest thing that you’ve done while working at Sixth & I?
Beth: In June I got to lead a DC community Birthright trip and I met the most incredible new friends. I lived in Israel for the first half of 2010, so it was very cool to get to return and be with people who were visiting for the first time. The community trips are especially amazing because you come back from the trip and you still get to hang out with your bus mates since everyone is local.
Aaron: What artist or performer would you love to have at Sixth and I?
Beth: I’m obsessed with podcasts right now, so I think it would be cool to have a comedy podcast taped here. There are so many good ones right now, like the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick (who you may remember as the host of Singled Out) or WTF!, Mark Maron’s podcast. DC doesn’t have the same comedy scene that other cities do, so I would love to see Sixth & I fill some of that vacuum.
Aaron: If you could plan any Jewish event in DC, what would it be?
Beth: A Maccabeats concert! I would have them play at a cool outdoor venue and sell beer and ice cream for people to enjoy while they watch. Can we make this happen? Can Gather the Jews make picnic blankets?
Aaron: Tell us about your favorite Jewish holiday.
Beth: Purim, hands down. It has costumes, drinking, and a scandalous story that involves sex, betrayal, and murder. What more could you ask for in a Jewish holiday?
Aaron: Where will you be for the High Holidays?
Beth: Sixth & I, of course! My job is to make sure that 3,000+ people can show up to three different buildings and have an enjoyable and meaningful experience for the High Holidays. I’ll be working some pretty long hours so you may find me napping on a pew in our sanctuary in between services or bribing people to do Starbucks runs.
Aaron: Where do you live and why?
Beth: live in Southwest DC, close to the waterfront. There aren’t a ton of businesses in the area yet, but it’s a great place to escape to when I want to relax. I love that I can see the Capitol Building from my window and that the Botanical Garden and art museums are only a ten minute walk away. It’s also a short walk to the Tidal Basin, where you can go paddle boating on the weekends and get an amazing view of the monuments from the water. Most of my friends live in the Southern part of DC, so it’s really convenient to be close to them.
Aaron: What is your favorite organization that uses Sixth and I?
Beth: Gather the Jews. Duh!