Rabbi Tsipi Gabai
Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Rabbi Tsipi Gabai is thrilled to be entering her 26th year at Tehiyah Day School! From beginning as a Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher in 1989 to becoming Head of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies departments as well as school rabbi and continuing to teach middle school, Rabbi Tsipi’s belief in the commitment to provide a Jewish education to all children remains her inspiration.
Rabbi Tsipi is a lifelong learner whose background in Jewish education is extensive. She received her BA and teaching credential at Haifa University and shortly after came to the United States and became Principal and teacher at Beth Jacob Hebrew School in Oakland. When her children were ready to enter school, Rabbi Tsipi chose Tehiyah and answered the call to teach middle school Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Tehiyah as well.
During Rabbi Tsipi’s tenure at Tehiyah, she has continued her studies. She received a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies and an Administrative Certification from the Secondary School Leadership Program at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and in 2003, was ordained as a rabbi at The Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, The Guendelman Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and The International Institute Award of the East Bay for Outstanding Contributions to Bringing Cultural Understanding to the Oakland, CA Community.
Currently, Rabbi Tsipi leads all school holiday celebrations throughout the year, facilitates student participation in community events such as Yom HaShoah commemoration and Israel in the park, and teaches T’filla to the entire student body each week. Tsipi also mentors and supervises the entire H/JS teaching staff including arranging and presenting professional development.
In addition to her career at Tehiyah, Rabbi Tsipi leads holiday services, acts as a guest rabbi throughout northern California and on cruises, prepares students for bar mitzvah, and officiates weddings. In all of her endeavors, Tsipi’s guiding philosophy is to bring Jewish traditions, heritage, and spirituality to life through multiple pathways of learning and experiences.