About US

Helping everyone find the magic within.

We believe that laughter has the power to heal bodies, minds, and spirits.

We also believe that our compassionate medical clowning is a serious business that takes training and dedication. Through a unique collaboration between medical professionals and circus artists, we have developed a rigorous program to train youths and adults in the art of medical/therapeutic clowning. During months of intensive work, our clowns are given the tools and the confidence they need to deliver joyful, restorative experiences to the sick, mentally challenged, frail and elderly. This playful, free-form engagement not only lifts the spirits of the sick, it has actually been shown to have an impact on the healing process. Lev Leytzan clowns serve people of all ages and abilities with warmth, sensitivity, and love.

The therapeutic clowns at Lev Leytzan include both volunteers and paid professionals, all of whom give long hours of their lives to train and prepare for their work. Our clowns travel locally and abroad to help heal and lift the spirits of the sick and needy.

We bring compassionate clowning to hospitals, nursing homes, seniors’ centers, special-needs camps, and private homes in the United States and abroad. Last year, Lev Leytzan clowns provided therapeutic healing to nearly 8,500 people, including special trips to nursing homes in Israel, Budapest, Hungary and Bucharest, and Romania.

Established in 2004, Lev Leytzan is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) based in New York.

We rely entirely on volunteers and donations to manage our many programs and services.

“It’s a beautiful thing they do – bringing joy to the patients and their families.” - Michelle Silvestri, supervisor of the department of therapeutic recreation Nassau County Medical Center.

Lev Leytzan is led by a multidisciplinary board of directors that includes representatives from the community, the medical establishment, and the arts, as well as spiritual leaders and program alumni.

 

 


 

 
BOARD
  • Founder/Executive Director:

    Neal C. Goldberg, Ph.D.

  • Executive Adivsory:

    Beth Friedlander, MS.Ed., L.M.S.W.
    Jeremy Garber
    Geri Gindea
    Neal Goldberg, Ph.D.
    Terri Herenstein
    Lynn Mael
    Rachel Pill, L.C.S.W.
    Rebecca Mansbach
    Alan Steinmetz
    Miriam Turk, L.C.S.W.
    Toby Weiss

  • Community Adivsory:

    Avi Adler
    Pearl Amir
    Sara Barris, Psy.D.
    Karyn Feinberg, Psy.D.
    Leora Goldberg
    Barry Holzer, M.D.
    Dassy Jacobson, Ph.D.
    Anat Levi
    Menachem Lewin
    Miriam Liebermann, C.S.W.
    Allan Roffe, D.D.S.
    Eric Rothman
    Moshe Schmell
    Robbie Schnonfeld
    Debbie Schuss, Ph.D.
    Miriam Slomovits, Ph.D.
    Sherry Weiner, Ph.D.

  • Medical Adivsory:

    Debbie Dienstag, M.D.
    Shalom Feinberg, M.D.
    Steve Kellner, M.D.
    Carolyn Fein-Levy, M.D.
    David Pelcovitz, Ph.D.
    Evan Pockriss, M.D.
    Mark Sperber, M.D.

  • Alumni Adivsory:

    Adam Gindea
    Jordana Lovett
    Aron Martin
    Asher Mechanic
    Dassy Newman
    Meir Dovid Weinberg
    Mottie Widroff

  • Rabbinical Adivsory:

    Rabbi Hershel Billet
    Rabbi Heshy Blumstein
    Rabbi Dovid Friedman
    Rabbi Kenneth Hain
    Rabbi Sam Klibanoff
    Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz
    Rabbi Yehuda Septimus
    Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum
    Rabbi Dovid Weinberger
    Rabbi Moshe Weinberger

 
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