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Simcha Paull Raphael Papers

Identifier: COU:4999

Scope and Contents

The Simcha Raphael Papers include materials realted to the donor's teaching and lecturing activities such as announcements, pamphlets, course descriptions, syllabi, etc.. The collection also contains correspondence (some with Reb Zalman), clippings, and other papers related to the donor's scholrly and professional endeavors.


  • Creation: 1970 - 2022

Biographical / Historical

Rabbi Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. is Professor of Jewish Spirituality and a Mentor in End-of-Life and Bereavement Care. Raphael is also Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies at Temple University, Adjunct Faculty in Graduate Religion at LaSalle University, and works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, affiliated with Mount Airy Counseling Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reb Raphael is also a fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders network. For over 25 years, his professional work has focused on Jewish death awareness education and bereavement counseling, and he has spoken at Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal Congregations, as well as churches and social service agencies in the United States, Canada, England and Israel. Reb Raphael is author of numerous publications including Jewish Views of the Afterlife.


2.5 linear feet (1 record box, 1 document box, 1 small box)

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Rabbi Simcha Paull Raphael, Ph.D. (1951-) is the Founding Director of the DA'AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training., an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Jewish Studies program of Temple University, and has a private practice as a transpersonal psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia, PA at the Mount Airy Counseling Center. Ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as a Rabbinic Pastor, Raphael has written extensively on death and afterlife and is the author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife.

The Simcha Raphael Papers
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Processed by Samantha Mat with assistance from Jane Thaler, 2017; Finding Aid by Samantha Mat, 2017.
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