Potek moves from GatherDC to Sixth & I

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Rabbi Aaron Potek will be leaving GatherDC after 4 years to join Sixth and I

Rabbi Aaron Potek, who for four years has brought Judaism to participants of GatherDC, which serves Jews in their 20s and 30s, will leave his job for a position at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue beginning on July 15.

“He has a great reputation in D.C.,” said Rabbi Shira Stutman of 6th & I. “He’s a thoughtful man — he’s written some articles that have been incredibly thoughtful. Our primary job is to serve the young, Jewish professionals of the D.C. community, and he’s incredibly
well-equipped to add nuance to the conversation.”


GatherDC executive director Rachel Gildiner said her organization will begin a search for a new rabbi in the next few weeks.

At GatherDC, Potek led camping trips and retreats, created alternate holiday
services and led discussion groups.

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“We’re looking for somebody to build off of the foundation that Aaron has built,” Gildiner said.
At Sixth & I, Potek will fill the spot held by Rabbi Scott Perlo, who left in May 2018, Stutman said.
Potek said he is inspired by Sixth & I’s work with young Jewish adults. “I feel like it’s a perfect fit for me. It really combines many of my seemingly disparate interests,” he said. “[It’s] a center for creativity, arts and culture. The fact that this all happens under one roof is pretty cool.”

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