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Avraham Gaon
Avraham Gaon


Rabbi Avraham Gaon was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1962. He had the good fortune of being raised for the first three years of his life by two sets of parents. Both his birth parents, immigrants from Turkey and his godparents, Greek survivors of the Holocaust, were instrumental in his upbringing during this critical period. This began his passion for multiculturalism. After his marriage in 1988 Rabbi Gaon emigrated from Israel to the United States. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York- Empire State College in Psychology and Cultural History and a Master of Science Degree from Touro College in Mental Health Counseling. During his studies at Empire State College he spent a great deal of time in independent learning and a Capstone project focusing on Native American people of the United States with particular emphasis on the New York and Northeast regions. Rabbi Gaon received rabbinical ordination both as a communal Rabbi and a Rabbinic Judge. He currently leads a Rabbinic Seminary for young men in Queens, New York where he teaches Jewish studies and helps to guide his students in bringing meaning to their lives. Rabbi Gaon is a passionate self taught artist who experiments with multiple mediums including charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pencil, and soapstone sculpture and carving. He also expresses his artistic flair in the kitchen and creates banquets for his wife and children on a regular basis. He enjoys hiking, music and helping people. Additionally, he has a great love and knowledge of tai chi, martial arts and Chinese medicine.