JEdSTEM develops engaged, curious, and innovative Jewish minds for the modern world.
What We Do
JEdSTEM works with religious education providers to create additional entry points for young Jews to find passion in, and connection to, Jewish tradition, history, and community. Through the intersection of hands-on, experimental STEM projects and Jewish values-based learning, JEdSTEM students become problem-solvers and leaders.
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering. These disciplines are increasingly more relevant and necessary in our global, wired, and cloud-based society.
What is Jewish Values-Based Learning?
Jewish values-based learning focuses on educating students with the intent to broaden their experience of Judaism and integrate it to their experience in the world. Values-based learning focuses on actionable values that are found in Jewish tradition, holidays, and stories and applies them to hands-on projects that give students the opportunity to practice using and honing that skill. Overall, values-based education aims to promote personal growth, connect the students to the community, and link tradition to present day.
Vision and Impact
Since the fall of 2019, JEdSTEM has engaged over 300 students in grades 3 to 12 at eight congregations throughout the United States. If you are interested in offering JEdSTEM programming at your synagogue, please fill out our Contact Form.
Meet the Founder
Jacob Paikoff, President/Founder
Jacob Paikoff founded JEdSTEM when he saw an opportunity for a new approach to Jewish learning, connecting STEM-based challenges and design thinking approaches to Jewish education. After many summers working at the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy overnight camp, Jacob wanted to bring the same magic of curiosity and discovery to the religious school experience. Learn more about Jacob.