Dr. Blecher is both an ordained Rabbi and a practicing psychotherapist. He received his B.A. Degree with honors from Lafayette College in 1969. He received his M.A. Degree in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary School of America in 1972 and was awarded the Graduate Rabbinical Degree in 1975, when he was ordained with honors. He earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Psychology at Wesley Theological Seminary in 1994; his dissertation was on the counseling of interfaith couples.
Dr. Blecher served clinical internships in psychotherapy at the Bernstein Psychiatry Center and the Borg Child Guidance Institute in New York City, and he completed the advanced clinical program at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, DC. Recently he completed advanced training in the treatment of trauma and abuse and is certified by the EMDR Institute.
He has taught at the State University of New York, Rockland (NY) 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 the co-author of The Jews of America: History and Sources (Behrman House), Interfaith Couples in the Rabbi`s Study (Wesley), teacher manuals in the area of Jewish studies, and journal articles in the fields of religion and psychology. He serves on the Editorial Board of Dovetail Journal. He has appeared on network television several times on Jewish, interfaith and couples` issues.
Dr. Blecher has been Rabbi of Congregation Beth Chai in Washington since 1987. He leads workshops at the interfaith outreach program of the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center. He maintains a private counseling and psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples and works extensively with interfaith couples. He is a member of the Washington Board of Rabbis, a Clinical member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is licensed by the DC Board of Professional Counseling.
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