Rabbi Jesse Paikin


What people call you: Rabbi Jesse

Congregation: Sixth & I

Denomination: Non-Denominational

What do you love most about your work?: I love that no two days and no two hours of the same day are alike. My work is filled with meeting and learning from our inspiring community members, studying ancient texts that astonish me with their modern wisdom, engaging in spiritual practice to rejuvenate the soul, and extolling the virtues of the great Jewish gift that is the Montreal Bagel (look it up and figure out how to get one, you’ll be happy you did).

How is Judaism valuable in your life? And/Or What lead you to your decision to become a Rabbi or Clergy member?: Judaism is a mindful reminder and an elaborate system of practice that shows me I am a part of something much, much bigger than myself. But it’s also a way for me to experience the closeness of community and know that I am not just one small speck in the universe. I became a rabbi because I wanted to figure out how to navigate the journey between the grandeur and awesomeness of the universe, and the holy importance of human-to-human relationships.