The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue is opening up its chapel as a free wedding venue for one lucky couple looking to get hitched before 2011. The 6-hour space rental is valued at $3,500, and will be awarded to the wedding-bound twosome with the most persuasive 30-second video explaining why the synagogue is perfect for their bash. The contest is open to all couplings—-both same-sex and opposite, “no matter your level of Jewish observance.” As long as your level of Jewish observance isn’t totally zero.
According to the official rules:
Sixth & I warmly welcomes interfaith couples and same-sex couples*; however, the couple must provide a rabbi or other ordained Jewish clergyperson to participate in the officiation.
* The District of Columbia does not currently recognize same sex marriage under its laws.
Sixth & I private events coordinator Matt Goldenberg—-who will be accepting video submissions until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 (wmv format please)—-explains. If a same-sex couple wins the contest, the wedding ceremony won’t be legally binding in Washington, D.C. However, Sixth & I will be available to consult the couple on a rabbi who will perform the ceremonial duties. “They way that will work is, an ordained rabbi will come in and say, ‘between the three of us, we are married,'” he says.
While Sixth & I doesn’t require a legal marriage to result from its wedding give-away, it does require a Jewish ceremony. “At least one half of the couple has to be Jewish,” says Goldenberg.