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Rabbi Arthur Blecher

Rabbi Arthur Blecher
Rabbi Arthur Blecher

Dr. Blecher is both an ordained Rabbi and a practicing psychotherapist. He received an M.A. degree in Jewish Studies from New York’s Jewish Theological Seminary in 1972 and was awarded its Graduate Rabbinical Degree in 1975, when he was ordained with honors. He earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Psychology in 1994 at Wesley Theological Seminary in the District of Columbia; he wrote his dissertation on the counseling of interfaith couples and completed clinical internships at mental health centers in New York City and Washington. He holds a B.A. degree, granted with honors in 1969, from Lafayette College in his home town of Easton, Pa. Rabbi Blecher has lived in Washington, DC since 1978.

Rabbi Blecher has taught at the State University of New York, Oneanta Campus, Rockland (N.Y.) Community College, and Wesley Theological Seminary. He has lectured on a variety of topics in the Washington area and conducts seminars on marriage and family issues. He is author of the recently published book The New American Judaism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), of teachers’ manuals in the area of Jewish studies, and of journal articles in the fields of religion and psychology. He serves on the Editorial Board of Dovetail Journal and has appeared on network television and radio, speaking on Jewish, interfaith, and couples' issues.

Dr. Blecher has been Rabbi of Congregation Beth Chai in Washington since 1987. He maintains a private counseling and psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples, working extensively with interfaith couples, and leads workshops at the interfaith outreach program of the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center. A member of the Washington Board of Rabbis and a clinical member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, he is licensed by the DC Board of Professional Counseling.