Rabbi Philip Gibbs was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017. He is originally from Marietta, Georgia. At Washington University in St. Louis, he participated in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities–an intense academic program that gives students the analytical tools to understand a topic in a fuller historical and philosophical context. Through this program he studied the construction of gender in classical rabbinic literature. During his undergraduate years, Philip volunteered with an after-school science program in St. Louis public schools. He also traveled to Uganda with American Jewish World Service to volunteer and learn about grassroots development. Following his love of the outdoors, Philip has spent his summers as a counselor at Ramah Outdoor Adventure in Colorado.