Rabbi Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C
I was born in Montreal, Canada, and moved to the US as a teenager, where I spent my high school and college years. I went to college at Brown University in Providence, RI, where I studied computer science and graduated with honors. After college I spent a year teaching underprivileged children in a school in Brooklyn, and then moved to Jerusalem where I remained for six blessed years.
I have a master's degree in social work from Yeshiva University; I also have semicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of the Jerusalem Beis Din and Rabbi Noach Weinberg zt''l of Aish HaTorah, and a clinical social work license for Maryland. My experience includes work in psychiatric outpatient settings, family therapy institutes, domestic violence units, and community service agencies. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families, with children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. I am presently working as the Program Director for the Montgomery County Abused Persons Program in Rockville, MD and the director of the Baltimore Therapy Center, LLC.
I am currently learning masechet Brachos and Shabbos, and the commentary of Rav Schwab on the Torah. I speak English, Hebrew, French and Spanish. I like playing Scrabble and Bananagrams and telling good (and bad) jokes. I live in Baltimore, Maryland with four beautiful daughters and my very special wife who is my greatest support in life.
Rebbetzin Chana Bilek, MS
I was born South Korea, where I was abandoned and taken to an orphanage. I was adopted by an American family and came to the US at the age of 2. We were not a religious family, and my journey to a frum life has been filled with twists and turns, including a Reform conversion and only later an Orthodox one.
I have a master's degree in clinical sociology from the Family Institute at Neve Yerushalayim. I love working with women of all ages to help them achieve clarity in their lives and in their avodah. Being a wife and mother is a huge job. You don't have to blame and shame yourself if you're not where you want to be! I can help coach you to success. (Getting to marriage and motherhood is its own journey - can we talk about shidduchim?)
I'm here to help you through the challenges that we all face in the course of everyday life. I've got some of those myself! I'd love to walk with you down the path towards hatzlacha, dveikus, and simcha!