20 Fabulous Singles: Joui Hessel

They’re smart, funny, successful, and available—for now

By: Ann Limpert, Garrett M. Graff

Joui Hessel, 32

Job: Associate rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Education: BS in education from the University of Georgia; dual masters in Hebrew letters and Jewish education from Hebrew Union College; a Rabbinic ordination. Hometown: Miami. Now lives in DC’s Woodley Park Hobbies: Exploring new parts of the city with friends, playing on a softball team, sudoku, and reading. And I love to travel. Coolest thing you’ve ever done: Zip-lining across the top of a jungle in Costa Rica and offering the opening prayer at Congress. Coolest thing you did in the last year: I attended the Live 8 concert in Moscow’s Red Square. What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to dating? I’m a single, Jewish woman who’s five-foot-eight. It makes it harder to find attractive, funny, successful, smart, and tall Jewish men. Hidden talent: I can mime. Are you ready to settle down? I don’t think of it as settling down. I’ve been single too long to “settle.” I view it as I’m in the right time to find my besheret—in Hebrew it means “destined partner.” I am ready to share my life’s adventure, not to stop it.