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54 WAYS YOU CAN HELP ISRAEL

Incredible and Practical ways To Help Israel in This Crucial Time
by Aish.com staff

1. Get some facts.
The Internet is a great resource for getting an accurate picture of what is really ...

Bat Mitzvah beginning of Jewish connection
Jewish Herald Voice | August 15, 2013
By Vicki Samuels Levy

What happens when a boy or girl turns 13 or 12 without becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? When these youngsters enter the adult world, the absence of that ritual one day may present ...

TORCH Gala a huge success
Jewish Herald Voice | December 6, 2012

The 14th anniversary TORCH Gala dinner on Nov. 19 was a resounding success, celebrating the mission of TORCH: connecting Jews and Judaism. More than 475 people, coming from congregations across greater ...

TORCH's Daf Yomi completes Talmud
Jewish Herald Voice | August 9, 2012
By Jackie Schicker

Daf Yomi participants come from around the world to celebrate the end of a seven-and-a-half-year cycle of reading a page of Talmud a day.

Once every seven-and-a-half years, an ...

Dynamic Duo Leaves Indelible Imprint
Jewish Herald Voice | May 31, 2012
By Alice Adams

In 1995, the city of Houston was emerging from an economic depression and the cellular telephone industry – with only two players – was gaining momentum. Work had begun on the historic ...

Local Jewish Ethics Model Goes National
Jewish Herald Voice | Thursday, May 24, 2012
By Aaron Howard

There is a well-known teaching (Talmud Shabbat 31a) that when one arrives at judgment in the Heavenly Court in the next world, the first question asked is: “Were you honest in ...

Beth Tikvah Now Hosting TORCH Classes
TORCH is excited to announce the formation of a new partnership in the Shalhevet program. Temple Beth Tikvah (TBT) in Clear Lake will offer TORCH classes on Sunday April 29 and May 6 at 10:00AM. TBT's Rabbi Deborah Schloss began her ...
Jews finding it easier to keep kosher
Houston Chronicle | Thursday, April 5, 2012
By Kate Shellnutt

This Passover, it's easier than ever for Jews in Houston to keep kosher.

Jewish food guidelines become even more restrictive starting Friday night, the beginning of ...

Happy Challah ‘Havurah’
Jewish Herald Voice | March 29, 2012
By VICKI SAMUELS LEVY

There was flour in the air, and the heavenly smell of fresh-baked breads filled Zehava and Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe’s home on the evening of March 21. Gradually, 24 people, eight of them ...

Kosher Awareness Month showcases mitzvah
Jewish Herald Voice | March 1, 2012
By Aaron Howard

Keeping kosher now simpler than ever

Alex Pfeffer kashered the Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off last October. He oversaw 37 team kitchens at an outdoor event with more than ...

Houston Designated As First Affordable Orthodox Living Community
Noam Amdurski - Matzav.com Newscenter | February 13, 2012

The OU has announced a program to highlight communities where full Orthodox lives may be experienced, but at a much more moderate cost. The objective is to interest Orthodox Jews to ...

What is Mussar? Learn from TORCH expert
Jewish Herald Voice | January 19, 2012
By Aaron Howard

We are dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants. You’ve probably heard a version of that metaphor. It’s attributed to a number of people, from Isaac Newton to the 13th-century ...

TORCH caps Bar Mitzvah year with grand gala
Jewish Herald Voice | December 1, 2011

The 13th anniversary Gala Dinner on Nov. 20 for Torah Outreach Center of Houston – a sellout – was held at the Bayou City Event Center. Guests were treated to a wine reception before dinner and a formal ...

TORCH honors motivated student Malka G. Levy
Jewish Herald Voice | Oct 2011

The recipient of TORCH’s Talmud Torah Award (Student of the Year) is Malka G. Levy. The award will be presented at TORCH’s 13th annual anniversary Gala Dinner at 6:15 p.m., Nov. 20, at the Bayou City Event ...

TORCH Named One of North America’s Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits
www.slingshotfund.org | October 2011

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Seventh Annual “Slingshot” Guidebook Names 50 Most ...

TORCH arrives at Bar Mitzvah year, Honoring Dr. Leonard Goldberg
Jewish Herald Voice | Thu, Sep 29, 2011

Outreach organization honors community leader Renowned dermatologist and Jewish community leader Dr. Leonard Goldberg will be honored with Torah Outreach Center of Houston’s Houston Jewish Spirit Award ...

à la the Rabbinate: TORCH rabbi has rich rabbinical heritage
Jewish Herald Voice | VOICES IN HOUSTON 2011
By Jeanne F. Samuels

The legacy of the rabbinate goes back perhaps 10 generations on my paternal grandmother’s side,” mused Houston’s Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe. “But,” he added, “on my paternal ...

Come celebrate TORCH’s Bar Mitzvah year at the NEW Bayou City Event Center
Jewish Herald Voice | Sep 15, 2011

TORCH (Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston) is excited to celebrate it’s 13th year of providing outreach education to the Houston Jewish community. TORCH was founded in 1998 and has since served ...

Learning and giving, for the Berry family
On Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m-1 p.m., TORCH’s Rabbi Yacov Wohlgelernter will be holding his weekly class at Aroma Classique. On this date, the class will be dedicated to the Berry family, in memory of Robin and Josh, and for the speedy recovery of ...
JSU adds two new clubs to Houston high schools
Jewish Herald Voice • February 17, 2011

Carnegie High School and Kinkaid High School are the most recent schools to welcome the popular Jewish Student Union clubs for their Jewish students. The JSU now operates clubs in seven public high ...

TORCH to Offer Talmud classes in Clear Lake and Humble
Beginning in mid-January two new beginners Talmud class will be coming to Clear Lake and Humble! People of all ages can now join TORCH and Congregation Shaar HaShalom and Temple Beth Torah for a series of classes in which the basic skills of Talmud ...
TORCH Begins New Educational Partnership With Congregation Beth El in Sugar Land
The excitement of learning Mussar is sweeping through Houston and has finally made it to Sugar Land. Mussar study is considered by its students around the world to be the best path to introspection, self awareness and charachter developments. The ...
2010 ASCENT Women's Mini-Conference Announced
TORCH is proud present the ASCENT 2010 Mini-Women’s Conference, The power of women: Channeling Your Unique Abilities – At Home, At Work, and in Our Community, which will be held on November 7, 2010 at Congregation Torah Vachesed. This year, the ...
TALK - The Young Jewish Professional Chavurah
TORCH is proud to announce the start of a new program for young professionals. TALK - The Young Jewish Professional Chavurah, is a unique and engaging series with entertaining and practical topics that will redefine common perspectives. Beginning ...
TORCH Tigers Claw Their Way to Victory Again
October 3, 2010 | By Darrow Weiss

Greetings Sports Fans,

A hearty mazal tov and yasher-co-ach to the TORCH Tigers who scorched Temple Emanuel by a score of 18 to 8 or thereabouts. (Do we look like accountants?) After overcoming a 5 run ...

TORCH Offers New Weekly Class for Women
Every Tuesday evening, women from across Houston gather to enrich their weeks with Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe. Through this ongoing series, of the 48 Ways to Wisdom, “Each person will gain the timeless tools which help maximize every moment in life by ...
Support Jewish Education and Win Big!
Creating new and exciting Jewish, educational opportunities has been the goal of TORCH since its creation. This mission, however, can only be sustained with support from the Houston Jewish community. With than in mind, TORCH has decided to ...
TORCH Offers Exciting Line-up for Holiday of Shavuot
Beginning at sunset on Tuesday, May 18th, the Holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the day that the Jewish people received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, begins. One of the many customs involved with Shavuot is that of staying up late into the night ...
Condolences to the Mirwis family
We regret to inform you of the passing of Dr. Allan Mirwis, father of TORCH president, Etan Mirwis.

Etan is currently sitting shiva with his family in New York, but will return to Houston on Thursday and continue shiva in his home at ...

Festive parade dances Torah to new home
Jewish Herald Voice | May 6, 2010

Sefer Torah is dedicated in Southwest Houston

Houston’s newest Orthodox shul, Congregation Ahavat Yisrael, dedicated a Hungarian Torah, on Sunday, May 2. Hachnasat sefer Torah – bringing in of a sefer ...

Deep in the Jewish Heart of Texas
Binyamin Rose (Mishpacha Magazine) | Wednesday, April 07, 2010

It took me less than thirty minutes on Texas soil to have my first and only encounter with the law.

Armed with detailed driving directions from George Bush Intercontinental ...

Downloadable and Printable Pesach Guides
Everything you need to know about the Pesach Holiday.
The laws, customs, & history in 60 minutes or less.

Please feel free to distribute them electronically or in printed form.

We thank Partners In Torah, Aish Hatorah, Ohr ...

It’s a Siyum HaShas: Graduates honored in historic Houston ‘First’
Jewish Herald Voice | February 18, 2010

By Aaron Howard

It’s a “graduation ceremony” that confers no diplomas. The students are honored for completing a seven-year-long curriculum. Then the next day, the scholars begin studying the ...

The New Face of Jewish Outreach
January 19, 2010 | By Steve Lipman

In a typical month in the Houston area, members of the Jewish community study aspects of Jewish law and philosophy with kollel rabbis, Jewish residents of a nearby suburb attend Shabbaton programs and ...

Don't mess with Texas: More Americans moving in
CNN Money | December 23, 2009

Americans, it seems, still have a love affair with the West. Texas and Wyoming were the big winners in the Census Bureau's annual population estimates, which were released on Wednesday.

In the year ended ...

The best metro areas for small business startups
CNN Money | November 2009 Issue

Traditionally known for its lax zoning, low taxes, dominant oil industry and heavy traffic, Houston has evolved rapidly over the past decade. The city government has moved aggressively to curb pollution and ...

Web Visit History
We are extremely grateful to our dedicated readership for visiting website for programs, Dvar Torah for Shabbat, Articles, video and more. Over the first 12 months we had 68,535 visitors. This proves an amazing interest in our work and we thank you ...
Mission to Israel: A case of Jewish geography
Jewish Herald Voice | August 6, 2009

Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron, City of David, Masada, the Dead Sea, and . . . Houston? These might not seem to go together, but a group of nine men from Houston proved that indeed, they do. They recently ...

For the preservation of life: Part 2
Jewish Herald Voice | August 13, 2009

By Aaron Howard

(Note: This is the second of a four-part series that explores Jewish values as related to the current debate on healthcare reform.) For the first part of Aaron Howard's series, ...

For the preservation of life: Part 1: Jewish perspectives on healthcare reform
Jewish Herald Voice | August 6, 2009

By Aaron Howard

Note: This is the first of a four-part series that explores Jewish values as related to the current debate on healthcare reform.

A Jewish tradition of healing based on a broad ...

Dr. Ron Moses recipient of the Ben Susholtz Young Leadership Award
The Ben Susholtz Young Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. Ron Moses, the immediate past president of Congregation Brith Shalom, founder and co-chair of TORCH’s annual Jewish Medical Ethics Conference. A graduate of the Wexner Heritage ...
ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #7: Heros
One thing that makes this mission unique is the learning opportunities presented to us. We started the day learning from Lori Palatnik and Gila Manolson. The thought- provoking sessions were followed by the humbling experience of taking part in ...
ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #6: Shabbos in Yerushalayim
Shabbat Shalom! Our late morning start was just what we needed after the past 5 days, which felt more like 5 weeks. The day began with words of inspiration and wisdom from Lori Palatnik. Shabbos lunch was enjoyed by all. We were intrigued by ...
ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #5: Holy Jerusalem
We departed the hotel and headed to the old city once again. Our tour guide took us through Ir Dovid, the city of David. We were in awe with the rich history in which we are a part. We made our way to the kotel tunnel tours. We got a better ...
ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #4: Masada
By Michal, Faige, and Zehava

The day began EARLY….as we sleep-walked up Masada during a magnificent sun rise. Masada is the mountain famous for the castle built by Herod the Great which later housed the Jews who escaped Roman captivity. The ...

ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #3: Ein Gedi & the Dead Sea
By ASCENT Staff

The day began with an amazing presentation by Rabbi Ken Spiro. The talk, entitled World Perfect, reflected on the six values that would make the world perfect. Rabbi Spiro then highlighted all the major civilizations that have ...

ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #2: Jordan River, Tzfat and Meron
By Faige, Michal and Zehava

Several brave women from our group woke up early to attend a rigorous morning fitness class. This was followed by a delicious breakfast for all. We spent the morning at Har Ben Tal, an abandoned army post on the ...

ASCENT Israel Mission - Day #1: Houston, we have take-off!
By Zehava, Michal, and Faige

On Sunday, July 12th 24 Houston women, along with over 50 other women from Denver and Dallas, began an exciting ten day journey to Israel. The women were participants in the first ASCENT mission to Israel, joining ...

Men's Israel Mission Notes (7/10/09)
By Reuven Linzer

First, my apologies for not sending our progress on a more regiular basis. There are two reasons for this. First, neither of our apartments included wifi and it is not easy to locate free spots to plug in! More important than ...

Men's Mission Post (7/5/09)
By Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin

Highlights - Day #1

Hello to my fellow Torch Rabbi’s, family & friends,

Thank G-d we landed in the holy land of Israel less than 24 hours ago and we’re already having an AWESOME time!!!! We ...

Men's Mission Pre-arrival Post (7/1/09)
By Bob Linzer

It is Tuesday evening in Netanya where the temperature reached the upper 80's with a nice breeze. I arrived here a couple of days early to see some close family friends and I am excited about meeting up with the group ...

Partners in Torah plans expansion in Houston
Jewish Herald Voice | March 12, 2009

A recent cocktail reception at the home of Dr. Zev and Susan Munk was designed to spread the word about the Partners in Torah’s planned expansion across Houston’s 50,000-plus Jewish com munity. The event ...

Lori Palatnik returns to Houston for the ASCENT Mini-Conference
Jewish Herald Voice | January 29, 2009

The Arlene Stock Center of Torah for Women will present Lori Palatnik at the upcoming Women’s Mini-Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The event will build on the momentum created by the sixth annual Houston ...

JSU seeks to connect Jewish high school students
Jewish Herald Voice | January 8, 2009
By Aaron Howard

Incorporating some Judaism into the high school day – that’s the goal of the Jewish Student Union, a national Jewish organization for teens attending public high schools. Active in ...

Daf Yomi held despite Ike
Jewish Herald Voice | September 25, 2008

Though Hurricane Ike made Texas landfall early Saturday morning, Sept. 13, TORCH held its regularly scheduled Daf Yomi class that afternoon at the Young Israel of Houston.

The Daf Yomi class, ...

TORCH celebrates 10 years in Texas
Jewish Herald Voice | August 15, 2008

Resource organization connects local Jews and Judaism

This September, the Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston will celebrate its 10th anniversary – an important milestone for this ...

Houston, New York Has a Problem
The New York Sun | July 16, 2008

New Yorkers are rightly proud of their city's renaissance over the last two decades, but when it comes to growth, Gotham pales beside Houston. Between 2000 and 2007, the New York region grew by just ...
Best Cities to Live, Work and Play
Yahoo! Finance | June 4, 2008

These ten great places will only get better.

Our approach this year to picking the ten best cities in which to live and work was simple: Look for places with strong economies and abundant jobs, ...
TORCH, JCC and HKA sponsor pre-Pesach prep day at the JCC
Jewish Herald Voice | April 10, 2008

Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach is the one most commonly observed, even by otherwise nonobservant Jews. According to a National Jewish Population Survey, more than 80 percent of Jews have attended a ...
Houston, Texas: Torah with a Texas Twang
The Jewish Press | August 29, 2007

Think of a place that is a beacon of diversity and multiculturalism, a hub of international businesses, major airports, and resident companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts, as well as fine ...

'Talk the Talk' at ASCENT Conference for Jewish Women
Jewish Herald Voice | November 30, 2006

On Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m.-­ 2:30 p.m., ASCENT, the Women’s Division of TORCH, will host the Houston Conference for Jewish Women at the InterContinental Houston Hotel, 2222 West Loop South. ...
Dr. Ron Moses to receive TORCH award
Jewish Herald Voice | August 2006

Torah Outreach Re­-source Center of Houston will honor Dr. Ron Moses with its Young Leadership Award at its annual dinner on Sept. 17, at the InterContinental Hotel.

Dr. Moses has been ...
Valerie & Etan Mirwis chosen for Houston Jewish Spirit Award
Jewish Herald Voice | August 2006

Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston is proud to announce that Valerie and Etan Mirwis will be the recipients of the Houston Jewish Spirit award at its annual dinner on Sept. 17, 2006, at the ...
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