TORCH Dinner 2014


Judith D. Rosenstock, Ph.D
Rabbi Harvey A. Rosenstock, M.D.
TORCHBearer Award

Judith & Harvey Rosenstock Judith Rosenstock, Ph.D.’s career credentials led her to first teach at The University of Houston Clear Lake, and then to create The Teaching and Learning Center of Texas to serve children and adults with dyslexia, writing disorders, organizational issues, attention deficit disorders and many other educational concerns. Even with a busy practice Dr. Judith has always been involved in community service. At Congregation Brith Shalom she served as Chair of the School Committee several times, President of Sisterhood, a member of the Search Committees for both Rabbi and Cantor, and in officer positions as Board Secretary, and Vice-President. Judith’s involvement in National Council of Jewish Women as a Governing Board member included Chair of Community Service, Co-chair of the Starlight Ball, Chair-Elect, and the Governing Board Chair 2009-2010. She is probably best known for her current facilitation of Daytime’s Book Circle.

Dr. Harvey Rosenstock has an active practice of Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Harvey also has 40 years of experience as a Forensic Psychiatrist and Group Psychotherapist. He has lectured nationally and internationally in the area of Psycho-pharmacology and on therapeutic techniques he has developed. He was a collaborating investigator for the newest edition, DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association). Dr. Harvey has been a leader in the field of Human Sexuality. He was appointed to the prestigious SIECUS Board (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) which has life-saving projects around the world. In 2013, he was named as one of the outstanding psychiatrists by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Harvey’s love of Judaic learning culminated fifty years after his difficult decision to first become a physician. The question was whether fifty years later dreams can still be realized. With lots of hard work, Dr. Harvey Rosenstock became arguably the oldest student in the country to become a Rabbi. Rabbi Rosenstock received his Rabbinical Ordination through the Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute in New York City in 2012. Rabbinic interests include Interfaith Outreach and teaching. He has been actively involved with Jewish communal organizations since his early teens. Currently Rabbi Rosenstock is serving as a Board member of Jewish Family Service, Vice-President of TORCH, Immediate Past President of Hebrew Free Loan, and Vice-Chair of Israel Bonds for Houston.

Drs. Judith and Harvey have participated in International Bond Fund Missions to Jerusalem to meet with Israel’s leadership.

Dr. Harvey is a Past-President of Congregation Brith Shalom where he remains an active choir member.

Together, the Rosenstocks have been fortunate to merge their vocational and avocational interests since their marriage. They have officed together and shared many patients with learning issues and psychiatric needs. This has enabled them to write both professional papers as well as articles for the popular press. They have lectured worldwide from The University of Tasmania to Clinica Immanu El in Buenos Aires. They wrote a book entitled Journey through Divorce for both the professional and lay population. Together they wrote a manuscript about a boy who elected not to speak for eight years which was produced by Disney, Showtime and Hallmark Hall of Fame and became a movie, Locked in Silence, which garnered four Emmy nominations and international awards. A highlight of their international activities was the presentation to Pope Benedict XVI of Alice Lok Cahana’s Holocaust art entitled No Names in exchange for the Papal promise to carry the message of the Holocaust on permanent display for all future generations. This historical event was carried by Vatican Television and published in Catholic World.

Harvey and Judith are truly blessed with five wonderful children and their spouses: Amara and Jon Biro, Benjamin and Amy Leipzig, Aaron Rosenstock, Debbie Leipzig and Marc and Sarah Rosenstock. Their happiest weekends are when their house is filled with the laughter of their seven grandchildren: Harrison, Madeline, Alex, Jake, Hannah, Lily and Charlotte.

Barry Finberg
Talmud Torah Award

Barry Finberg Barry L. Finberg was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and at the age of 6 months moved with his parents to Butte, Montana. Childhood memories of Butte were pleasant for Barry, however, he experienced his first incidents with anti-semitism which were both hurtful and confusing to this young boy. At age 11, the family moved back to Brooklyn where he was placed in a Hebrew School and finally became a Bar Mitzvah. Barry’s education was completed in N.Y. by graduating Long Island University, with a B.S. Degree in Marketing Research.

Resident of Houston for more than 30 years and proud father of 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. Married to his wife and business partner Monica who encouraged him to seek his Jewish roots and further his faith. For nearly 20 years Barry remains President and CEO of Roca Printed Circuits a manufacturer of computer circuit boards used across many industries.

Barry is an active member of Congregation Beth El of Missouri City where he has also served on the Board of Trustees and as the Chairman of their Financial Support Committee.

TORCH continues to be an important and active part of The Finberg’s life and they are proud supporters of this special organization.

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