About Jesse

Jesse Paikin Headshot 2016

Sharing empowering knowledge and connecting people to each other through meaningful immersive experiences drives everything that I do. I’m a student of Education, Judaism, Design, Theatre, Philosophy, History, Music, and Politics. I try to fuse these disciplines together in much of my work.

I’m currently completing my rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where I have also received a Certificate in Jewish Education. God willing, I will be ordained as a rabbi May 2018. Before heading to graduate school, I worked for a nonprofit that ran educational youth travel programs around the world. My work has involved creative design, social media & communications, staff training, curricular design, on-the ground leadership, and logistical planning.

I’m a displaced Canadian – originally from Toronto, and have lived in Montreal, Jerusalem, and New York City. I’ve worked with Jewish communities in Toronto, Be’er Sheva, Jerusalem, Belarus, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Westchester, and Albany.

Toronto’s York University is my alma mater, it’s where I studied Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre. I’ve also been privileged to study at the National Theatre School of Canada, New York University, and Yeshivat Hadar.

Other things to know: Music listener. Band follower. Pluralist. Vegetarian pretending to be vegan. Hater of mediocrity. Lover of the hidden fedex arrow. News junkie. Lighting designer. Photo grapher. Aspiring environmentalist. NYC lover. I went to Montessori – that explains a lot.

Some of what I’ve written has been graciously published by CCAR Press, Sh’ma, Jewschool, and the Times of Israel. Some of the photos I’ve taken have also been used by people cooler than me. If you want me to write something for you, or take some photos for you, we should talk.

Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.

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