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Temple Educator
Philip A. Gaethe, RJE
Philip Gaethe has been the Educator at Gates of Prayer since 1996. Prior to that, he was a teacher in the Jefferson Parish Public System as  well as Gates of Prayer and Communal Hebrew Schools. Phil is a native of New Orleans, LA., where received his B.A. degree from the University of New Orleans and earned a Master of Science Degree in Judaic Education from Spertus College in Chicago.
In 2005 Phil was awarded the designation of R.J.E. (Reform Jewish Educator) by the Reform Jewish Educator Title Granting Commission and in the summer of 2016, the Rabbi Nathaniel Share Religious School of Congregation Gates of Prayer, overseen by Phil, was awarded Accreditation by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.
In 2020 Phil received  Marion B. Steeg Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. This award highlights the value of Jewish education in its many varieties in the Greater new Orleans Community. 
In addition to Phil's duties as head of our Religious and Hebrew Schools, Phil tutors many of our B'nai Mitzvah students, created and helps maintain the Gates of Prayer Website, teaches Adult Hebrew and assists the CGoP clergy team by supervising the Livestream worship. 
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