Business and Family Solutions

Dr. Reuven P. Bulka

Dr. Reuven P. Bulka

Dr. Bulka is a psychologist and helps our clients identify and bring clarity to underlying family issues that may be distracting from addressing important family business issues. He has counselled families and family businesses for over 35 years and is widely admired for his deeply human, down to earth and compassionate style. His unique grasp of family business dynamics and relationships allows him to help all stakeholders gain an ability to understand and separate those issues that need to be addressed as individuals from that of the business.

Dr. Bulka received his Psychology Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa in 1971, concentrating on the Logotherapy of Viktor Frankl. He received his Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary in New York City, and his he has been the Rabbi of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa since 1967, where he is now the Rabbi Emeritus.

Dr. Bulka was the founder and editor of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism. He has contributed scholarly and popular articles to various journals, including the Association of Mental Health Clergy Forum, Analecta Frankliana, Chronicle Review, Humanitas, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Midstream and Pastoral Psychology, among others. He is the author and/or editor of over 35 books, including his most auto-biographical work, Turning Grief into Gratitude.

Dr. Bulka has given back to the community over the years through his community service in many ways including being past co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, former Chairman of Trillium Gift of Life Network, founder and chair of Ottawa Kindness Week, among many others. Dr. Bulka is a member of the board of Canadian Blood Services and chairs the Hospice Ottawa West campaign. Previously he chaired the Courage Campaign for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation which raised $25 million for cancer care.

Education, Professional designations, Awards

  • Psychology Ph. D from the University of Ottawa, 1971
  • Rabbinic ordination, 1967
  • Recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (January 1993)
  • Recipient of the Beryl Plumptre Award of Excellence from the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Eastern Ontario Branch (1998)
  • Awarded the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award of the Ottawa Jewish Community (1999),
  • Awarded the Ottawa Mayor’s Award for Community Service (1999),
  • Awarded the Bronfman Medal from the Canadian Jewish Congress (1999).
  • Named honorary principal of SAR Academy in Riverdale, New York (February 2009).
  • In 2006, awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Carleton University
  • February 18, 2010, he was awarded the Key to The City of Ottawa
  • Received HM Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee Medal for 25 years on the throne, the Golden Jubilee Medal for 50 years, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal for 60 years
  • On June 28, 2013, Dr. Bulka was appointed to the Order of Canada

Dr. Reuven P. Bulka​​​​​
Office: 613-569-7001
email: [email protected]

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