Youth Education Program Teachers
My professional career began at CBI about 25 years ago. After returning from Israel as a teen I was asked to be the teacher’s assistant at CBI for the Hebrew School. The opportunity to use my new Hebrew language skills and maintain a connection to Jewish community was instrumental in establishing my path along Judaism. I remained involved with the Jewish community as a Sunday school teacher and bnai mitvzah tutor throughout my college years even while rebelling against formalized religion.
Never straying too far from the herd, my Jewish life took its next step in Falls Village, CT at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. While in northwest Connecticut I found a Jewish community that was connected to the traditions and to the Earth. Over the next 12 years my Jewish practice grew and strengthened. I was able to integrate my faith into my work as a dairy farmer, natural builder, and ecological design graduate student.
Last year I returned to the Bay Area to re-establish roots near my family. Last year, while substitute teaching for my mother, Rachel Lessem, I grew fond of working with the students and the CBI community and was pleasantly asked to come back this year to be the primary teacher, to which I excitedly accepted.
Moreh Gabe grew up in Walnut Creek and attended Congregation B’nai Shalom. He has been teaching Hebrew at various schools and camps for 5 years excelling at games and art projects. Gabe’s favorite Hebrew letter is the quiet and mysterious letter Ayin.
Gabe graduated from Dominican University with a BA in saxophone performance and orchestral composition. There he started and led the small yet mighty Jewish Student Union and ran the school’s weekly open mic. He attained his multiple subject teaching credential and masters degree at the beautiful St. Mary’s College and is currently teaching elementary music and band in the Benicia Elementary School District. In his spare time Moreh Gabe enjoys bird watching and shredding on his accordion.