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TORCH (Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston)

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Causes: Adult Education, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth, Education, Judaism, Religion, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Our mission is to connect Jews and Judaism by establishing and sustaining meaningful learning opportunities for every Jewish adult in the Houston area regardless of background or affiliation, and to enable them to experience the joy and vibrancy of Judaism.

Target demographics: The Houston Jewish Community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500+ Participants

Geographic areas served: Education and Community Outreach

Programs: Social, community and educational resources.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Eric D.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people and amazing learning! A hidden gem in Houston for Jewish studies and gatherings.

1 Lori Rosen R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I started studying Mussar with TORCH 12 years ago and it has changed my life completely. Rabbi Wolbe energized me to take a greater interest in my character and guided me when I was stuck. Then I added the study of Kabbalah with Rabbi Cohen and this truly spoke to my soul. These topics and this organization are now a necessary part of living for me. I am so grateful for their mastery of the subject and the fun and inspiring way they impart their knowledge.

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/31/2019

Keep it up, Lori! You always inspire me! Thank you so much for your warm words!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I first met Rabbi Wolbe on a trip to Israel. On our return to Houston, we began attending various classes. We have been regular attendees of classes for 10 years now. The Rabbis and their wives are so welcoming and so inspiring with their knowledge of Torah. Torch is special as all Jews are welcome and there is never any judgement as to where you are on your Jewish journey. Recently my husband who converted through the conservative movement 30 years ago, received his orthodox conversion. The Rabbis at Torch were a very important part of his journey. They were there to guide and teach him and to support me, as well. Since we needed to marry again, Torch was amazing and hosted our wedding which was truly beautiful. I continue to study Mussar with Torch and I always leave our sessions, learning something new and being inspired to continue my growth.

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/31/2019

What an awesome privilege to have you and Juan in our organization! Keep up your amazing growth and thank you for your kind words!

Harvey A R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TORCH is a singularly impactful and joyful learning experience!

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/30/2019

Thank you so much Rabbi Dr. Rosenstock!! We love you at TORCH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing Rabbis! Learn so much from them! Such a warm and nice environment!

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/30/2019

Thank you so much! We hope to see you more often at the Centre!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been coming to Torch for about 10 years. My knowledge of Judaism has greatly improved over the time I've been studying with the Rabbis there. I highly recommend this organization to anyone, at any level of their knowledge of Judaism. The community is very welcoming.
Wendy

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/30/2019

Thank you so much Wendy!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Through the persistence and passion of people like Rabbi Wolbe, thank G-d, I am a fully engaged, observant member of Houston's Jewish community. His leadership of TORCH is clearly one of the pillars on which this thriving Orthodox hot spot has been built. Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe are both brilliant scholars and lecturers who have built very loyal talmidim at TORCH. I strongly endorse and support the work of these fine men and their wives.

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/30/2019

Dan is the man! Thanks so much!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A group of young men and women who devote their time and energy to education of those expressing a desire to learn. TORCH has provided me with endless opportunity to explore and learn. I am very thankful for all that they do to provide Jewish Education to all who want to take advantage.

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/29/2019

Thank you so much Bobbi!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been intensely studying advanced Jewish subjects for over 60 years. Despite my years of study, I never attend a class at Torch during which I don't learn something I didn't know. Both Rabbis Wolbe are incredibly knowledgeable and able to clearly discuss their explanations. I feel very blessed to be their student.

The Rabbis are always friendly and accessible. I never feel talked down.

The fact that all classes are free amazes me. The facility is first class. I am happy to contribute to this organization.

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/29/2019

Thank you so much for your kind words!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great place, nice and helpful people! If you live in Houston and you want to learn about your Jewish haritage this is the place to go!

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/29/2019

Thank you so much!

2 Howie A.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Rabbis and members of TORCH are mor of a Family than a group of people getting together for learning. When I met Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe about 2-1/2 years ago it was an immediate fondness for each other on both our parts. Then meeting Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe it just became a more joyous experience and learning atmosphere. The work, programs, podcasts, etc. that TORCH offers continue use to spread the words of love, kindness and joy and makes one proud to be a member of the Jewish faith. Always remember that our responsibility is to continue to study TORAH and to teach it to others. The Rabbis at TORCH reach out to all sections of the Jewish faith (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform) and continue to spread the word of HaShem. I am very proud to be associated with this center.

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Aryeh Wolbe 10/29/2019

Thank you so much Howie!