Dr. Hedda Bolgar Passes Away at 103

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May 14, 2013

Dr. Hedda Bolgar was an incredible woman. A psychoanalyst, who practiced and taught until the day she died (yesterday) Hedda shared, with University Synagogue, her life story and lifelong learning about the human psyche, personal responsibility and Tikkun Olam on two wonderfully memorable occasions – three years ago on a Shabbat Alive night and last Yom Kippur afternoon.

A refugee from the Nazis and, yet, an eternal optimist, Dr. Bolgar was, in the words of a fellow analyst, “an immensely creative, productive, and gifted psychoanalyst and psychologist. Over the course of an 80-year career, she was instrumental in the founding and development of The California School of Professional Psychology, The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Wright Institute Los Angeles. Dr. Bolgar was also an astonishing and beloved teacher and supervisor who mentored generations of mental health professionals until the day before her passing.”

Join us tonight at Shavuot services at 7:00 p.m. to say Kaddish for Hedda. Zichrona livracha – may her memory be a blessing to us all.


Rabbi Arnie Rachlis


May 14th 2013 |