TORCH TORAH OUTREACH RESOURCE CENTER OF HOUSTON

Connecting Jews & Judaism

aka TORCH   |   Houston, TX   |  www.torchweb.org

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.

Ruling year info

1998

CEO

Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe

Main address

9427 Glenfield Court

Houston, TX 77096 USA

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EIN

74-2887729

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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TORCH was founded to provide the Jewish community of Houston, TX and the surrounding areas with Jewish education and outreach. Most of the Jewish education opportunities are targeted at children and youth, but young adults and middle-aged Jews have much fewer options. TORCH aims to provide meaningful learning programs to those demographics.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

TORCH Operations

All 7 Divisions:

TORCH Shalhevet: Focusing on Synagogue outreach. We have partnered with 19 congregations to date and BH have many Baalei Teshuva from these programs. Directed by Rabbi Yaakov Cohen.

TORCH ASCENT: Focusing on Women. Currently seeking a new Director.

TORCH Partners: Focusing on chavrusa learning on Wednesdays. Directed by Chaviva Granitsky.

TORCH Centre: Focusing on engaging the community with our modern lounge, library, classes and special programs. Directed by Tzaitel Bucsko.

TORCH JWS (Judaism Worth Spreading): Focusing on online Torah content. Directed by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
- Videos: 1000+ published on FB and YT. 15,000+ views monthly. New, high production quality videos are being developed targeted at young adults.
- Podcasts: 700+ Published. 25,000+ downloads monthly

TORCH YJC: Focusing on married and engaged YP’s. Directed by Zehava Wolbe

TORCH YP: Focusing on YP’s and University (YP’s herein). Directed by Rabbi Chaim Bucsko and seeking another Mekarev to assist.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

TORCH's mission is to Connect Jews and Judaism. We strongly believe that our nation's rich cultural and intellectual history is more relevant and needed in the modern world as ever before, and we seek new and innovative ways to convey and communicate Judaism to Jews.

TORCH's strategic philosophy is to not be bound by the attitudes and methods of the past and instead to be nimbly tuning and reinventing the ways to Connect Jews and Judaism. TORCH was the first Jewish organization in Houston to create a program focusing exclusively on Young Professional Outreach when we started TNT in 2006. Our Congregational Partnership Division, Shalhevet, which outsources Adult Education for synagogues was groundbreaking when it was introduced in 2008. We were at the cutting edge when we launched our podcasts in 2012. Thinking creatively and innovatively is in TORCH's DNA.

Our organization employs a robust and highly trained and experienced staff, including four Rabbis and their wives, program directors and administrators who are laser-focused on advancing our mission and Connecting Jews and Judaism. Our state-of-the-art TORCH Centre, Lounge, classroom, and studio enable all kinds of programs and learning and outreach opportunities. TORCH also maintains a large online presence on YouTube, Facebook, and Apple Podcasts.

Since our founding in 1998, TORCH has stood out as a beacon of Jewish outreach and education in Houston and beyond, and our successes speak for themselves: We maintain Congregational partnerships with 18 Houston-area synagogues; we have sent hundreds of students on trips to Israel; 4 of our podcasts were ranked #1 worldwide on Apple Podcasts under the Category "Judaism". But don't take our word for it; visit the TORCH Centre and witness the magic yourself!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TORCH TORAH OUTREACH RESOURCE CENTER OF HOUSTON

Board of directors
as of 08/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dan Kullman

TORCH

Term: 2016 - 2020

Harvey Rosenstock

TORCH VP

Ben Helstein

TORCH VP

David Marbin

TORCH Treasurer

Etan Mirwis

TORCH Chairman

Leonard Goldberg

TORCH Chairman

Steve Finkelman

TORCH Chairman

Josh Blackman

TORCH Secretary

Elyse Freed

TORCH Member At-large

Scott Bernstein

TORCH Member At-large

Jordan Davis

TORCH Member At-large

Peter Botvin

TORCH Member At-large

Mordechai Statfeld

TORCH Member At-large

Dan Kullman

TORCH President