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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 at its upcoming gala dinner on Sunday evening, Nov. 20, at the Bayou City Event Center. Co-chairing the event are Belinda Denn and Scott Chanin and Bryan and Dionne Miller. Honorary chairs are David and Linda Barish, Mitch and Diane Levy and Alan and Diane Levin.

The Goldbergs have been strong supporters of TORCH for many years. Dr. Goldberg has participated in weekly one-on-one learning with TORCH’s Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe for more than five years. Together, they formed an enormous Shema Project, encouraging more Jews to say the Sh’ma regularly. According to Rabbi Wolbe, “Leonard is an incredible individual who has dedicated his life for the Jewish cause. His passion and involvement is always an inspiration to all those around him.”

The Goldbergs are active mem­bers of United Orthodox Synagogues and Chabad Texas Medical Center. Among their many passions is their active involvement in major international, national and local institutions, including being on the board of governors at UOS and Seven Acres Senior Care Services. They also are active with UOS Goldberg Montessori School, UOS Talmud Torah, State of Israel Bonds, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s Maimonides Society, AIPAC and Jewish Agency for Israel’s Sochnut. Dr. Goldberg also is a past recipient of the Rofeh Yedid Award from Aishel House and the Maimonides Award from Israel Bonds.

Professionally, Dr. Goldberg is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and is world renowned in the field of dermatologic surgery. He is a leader in Mohs micrographic surgery and is a recognized speaker and author of more than 275 publications on this subject. He was chief of Dermatologic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and is a member of numerous professional societies and committees, including the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, the Texas Dermatology Society and the Houston Dermatological Society. Dr. Goldberg is an active staff member of Methodist Hospital and program director of The Procedural Dermatology Fellowship, sponsored by Methodist Hospital.

The Goldbergs have three child­ren, Guy, Maya (married to Ben) and Joshua, and a granddaughter, Carmel.

This year, the TORCH dinner will celebrate its Bar Mitzvah, having been reaching out to the greater Houston Jewish community since its founding in 1998.

The evening opens with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program. RSVP online at, or call Lori Rubin, 713-721-6400, ext. 105, or email

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