A native of Toronto, I’m delighted to be living and working in a city with a similar love of good food, live music, open air, and green spaces. Before landing in DC, I also spent time living and working in Montreal, Jerusalem, and New York City, with a few jaunts around the world to meet some fascinating Jewish communities. I earned my undergraduate degree from York University in Toronto, where I studied philosophy, religion, and theatre. I’ve also been privileged to learn at the National Theatre School of Canada, the University of Toronto, New York University, and Yeshivat Hadar. Prior to receiving my rabbinic ordination, I spent five years working at a non-profit running educational youth travel programs around the world. I’m thrilled to come to Sixth & I through a two-year fellowship of the Jewish Emergent Network, which brings together seven innovative Jewish communities from across the U.S. in the spirit of collaboration.
I’m also a voracious music listener, a lover of the hidden FedEx arrow, and a big fan of plaid shirts. Outside of Sixth & I, you can probably find me listening to Canadian public radio and living up to some of your favourite Canadian stereotypes. Connect with me here at Sixth & I, and on Instagram and Twitter at @jessepaikin.