Jack H Bloom-The Rabbi's Rabbi
“I couldn’t be the rabbi my father wanted me to be.
I couldn’t be the rabbi my seminary wanted me to be.
I couldn’t be the rabbi this congregation wanted me to be.
I have had to be the rabbi I am.
Some folks like that.
Others not at all.
But that’s who I am.”
God’s Recalcitrant Servant
Athletic Coach for Rabbis
Jack H Bloom
Jack H Bloom-The Author
Author Jack H Bloom, a practicing psychologist who spent 10 years as a congregational rabbi, draws on his own experience watching the successful rabbinical career he enjoyed turn into one he desperately wanted to forsake and describes how he was inspired to become an “athletic coach for rabbis.” Curiously, his high school yearbook had that listed as his ambition. And that’s what he became, though in a way he never imagined. His mentoring his fellow clergy led to his being honored by his colleagues as a “quintessential rabbi for rabbis.”
Jack H Bloom
Rabbi and Clinical Psychologist, Jack H Bloom,Ph.D. is one of a handful of rabbis who is a full member of both The Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), and The Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative).
Dr. Bloom has become known as a rabbi’s rabbi. In addition to his private practice at The Psychotherapy Center in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. Bloom serves as Director of Professional Career Review for his Reform colleagues, for whom he created a program to assist rabbis seeking to shape their futures. Working closely with Conservative rabbis, he mentors and teaches regularly at the Rabbinic Training Institutes sponsored, by his alma mater, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Dr. Bloom earned a BA at Columbia College, a BHL, MHL and rabbinical ordination at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. For ten years he was rabbi of Congregation Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut, during which time he completed a STM in Pastoral Counseling from New York Theological Seminary. Dr. Bloom earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia. Dr. Bloom’s dissertation “The Pulpit Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar” was the first of his extensive writings on “what it’s like to be a rabbi”.