HARVEY A. ROSENSTOCK, M.D.
Early on Harvey Rosenstock became involved in Judaism and Judaica. He started teaching Bar Mitzvah when he was 12. He was active in The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), an international youth-led fraternal organization for Jewish teenagers, holding various leadership positions on local and regional levels. During high school, he read for visually impaired college students, taught Sunday School at Beth Hebrew Congregation, and was Acting principal of the Sunday School.
Rosenstock graduated valedictorian of West Phoenix High School. He attended Arizona State University majoring in chemistry and pre-med. His love for languages led him to study French; he successfully convinced the German professor to let him sit in his classes as ASU would not permit classes beyond the allowable maximum hours. He especially enjoyed the honor of serving as the Acting Rabbi for a new Conservative Congregation in Phoenix, Har Zion; he suggested the name to the founding families.
After graduating With High Distinction, Rosenstock attended the University of Oregon Medical School During the medical school years, he did psychological research projects involving special needs people and an externship in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. After receiving the M.D. degree, he completed a rotating internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix and Maricopa County Hospital with emphasis on pediatrics, internal medicine, and emergency room medicine.
Following his internship, Rosenstock served as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy, primarily stationed in Beeville, Texas at Naval Air Advanced Station, Chase Field where he also served as the Pharmacy Officer. He continued to do research, write professionally and speak to community gatherings on behalf of the U.S. Navy. He has practiced clinical and forensic psychiatry for over 45 years.
Through the years, Harvey and his wife, Judith, have collaborated treating patients. They wrote two books together, one of which became a Hallmark Mother’s Day movie. As a result of volunteering at the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital, he and Judith wrote an educational coloring book, Your Hospital Stay Will Be Okay, published in English and Spanish on behalf of the D. Miller Foundation. He has written dozens of articles and appeared as an expert on local and national television shows.
The Rosenstock family is active in and deeply committed to Congregation Brith Shalom. Harvey has served in various leadership roles over the years including congregational president. He has been a member of the CBS choir for many years. He has lectured at Yom Limmud on Toraitic, Talmudic, and Kabbalah as these sources relate to modern day ethical choices. As an ordained Rabbi, Rosenstock has served in various capacities on a pro bono basis, only asking a donation be made to a charitable cause.
Recently, Harvey and Judith have become more involved with Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) because of the critical importance of the message and the mission from which every dimension of society can gain strength, compatibility, and sustained freedom. This is part of a life-long interest in Human Rights which led them to Russia to help Refusniks in 1985. In 2006, it sent them to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. The pope agreed to accept an Alice Lok Cahana Holocaust painting for the Vatican Museum to keep the message of the Holocaust under the flag of Il Vaticano for all generations forward. Harvey Rosenstock’s life mission is to reach out to others in the spirit of the Talmudic dictum: We are all partners in Tikun Olam - Repairing the World.