Biographical Information

Bio Information

Dr. Simcha Raphael

  • Ph.D., Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Ca.
  • Rabbinic Pastor, ordination by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Mount Airy Counseling Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Religion, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Jewish Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Spiritual Director (1999-2009), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, Pa.
  • Free-lance adult educator on topics of mysticism, spirituality, death, afterlife and bereavement
  • Author Jewish Views of the Afterlife
  • Born July 1, 1951 Ste. Agathe des Monts, Quebec
  • Married to Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael –
  • Father of Yigdal Raphael, b. 1990 and Hallel Raphael, b. 1998

As a Psychotherapist, Bereavement Counselor and Spiritual Director:


I provide transpersonal psychotherapy; individual and group bereavement counseling; couple counseling; spiritual direction; marriage preparation; interfaith counseling; pastlife therapy; pastoral care and hospice support.

As a Death Awareness Educator

I am available for public and professional programs on death awareness education, bereavement counseling skills and the spirituality of afterlife, near-death experiences and reincarnation.

As a Rabbinic Pastor and Ritual Consultant

I work with individuals in creating meaningful personal rituals for weddings, baby-naming, memorial services, funerals, unveilings, as well as personal and communal rituals of grief and mourning.