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Rabbi Shlomo Gabay was born and raised in London, UK. Following high school, his formative years were spent studying in the esteemed Yeshivas Tiferes Yaakov, Gateshead, UK and Shaarei Chochma, Jerusalem, Israel.

After getting married in London, he subsequently moved to Israel to study for Semicha under the tutelage of former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ztz"l and was awarded his Semicha in 2013 by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and Kollel Darchei Horaah Le'Rabbanim. Simultaneous with his Semicha ordination, Rabbi Gabay graduated from the Ner Le'elef International Institute in Jerusalem, a three-year post-rabbinic training programme for global outreach educators.

In 2014 Rabbi Gabay went on to serve as a teacher and educator as well as a member of the prestigious Kollel in the vibrant Jewish community of Gibraltar, where he founded and directed the popular Shovavim programme, a unique one-on-one learning course for adults featuring international speakers. He also received Semicha (Yoreh Yoreh) from then Rov of Gateshead, Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman shlit"a, currently the distinguished Av Beis Din of the Federation of Synagogues in London, UK.

In the spring of 2018, with his wife Rachel and three daughters, Rabbi Gabay moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to take up the position of the spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Hamidrash. In 2019 he was inducted into office by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Rabbi Gabay completed a diploma in professional counselling from the Vancouver College of Counselors Training (VCCT). He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Rabbinical Association of Vancouver (RAV) and a senior member of the Vancouver Beis Din (BCK), which operates under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and Kosher Check, a non-profit global kosher certification agency.

Rachel was born and bred in London, UK. She is a web and brand designer specialist. With an innate talent for creativity, Rachel is the driving force behind her design company. Aside from Rachel's input with marketing and promoting communal events professionally, Rachel's warm and outgoing personality is her secret sauce. She's not just a designer; she's a people person. Her passion lies in forging deep, meaningful connections with individuals from all walks of life.

Fri, February 23 2024 14 Adar I 5784