Lev Leytzan in the News
"The Jewish Patch Adams: medical clowns’ work steeped in smiles, research"
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome,” says the late actor Robin Williams in the 1998 film “Patch Adams,” which shed light on the life of physician, social activist, comedian and clown Hunter Doherty Adams...
A Gift for Giving
What’s your favorite part of the circus? The acrobats? The animals? The clowns? What about therapeutic clowns? Therapeutic clowns are people specially trained to bring comfort and laughter through clowning to those in need. Lev Leytzan, founded and directed by Dr. Neal Goldberg, and based out of Woodmere, New York, is an organization that excels at clowning around...
Lev Leytzan, a medical clown troupe, creates joy in the month of Adar and every month of the year.
A prancing clown is the mascot of Adar, our happiest month. Purim is the time our nation went from the “oy” of near annihilation to the joy of national salvation. We celebrate by letting joy permeate our bodies and souls. We spread joy by giving edible gifts to friends and we remember the poor; they too should be happy on this day...
Clowns Who Care: Lev Leytzan Warms Hearts, Heads, Hands and Toes
The young adult clowns of the Long Island-based charity Lev Leytzan, a medical clowning troupe, returned recently from an 11-day humanitarian mission to Romania and Israel to celebrate Chanukah. The goal of the trip, Lev Leytzan’s eighth in five years, was to bring warmth to the bodies and souls of the sick, the elderly, orphans, and Holocaust survivors....
Clowning taken seriously: Engaging with people to help them cope
Woodmere resident Dr. Neal Goldberg, who grew up in Queens, knew he wanted to be a psychologist by the time he was 11. What Goldberg, now 47, didn’t know back then was what that career would involve. In 2004 he established a nonprofit organization comprising four programs that practice “medical therapeutic clowning,” which entertains patients of all ages in hospitals, at home and in other venues in the U.S. and abroad...
‘Lev Leytzan’ now 10 years on, recruits and trains medical clowns
They bring joy and laughter into a world of suffering and pain. At age 10, the Five Towns-based “compassionate medical clowning” troupe called Lev Leytzan (Hebrew for “Heart of a Clown”) is launching its annual recruitment drive in October.“We are a professional medical clown organization,” explained its founder and executive director, Neal Goldberg, Ph.D. “It’s a chesed organization with professional training.”
Medical Clowning Brings Joy to Patients and Their Families / The Jewish Press
Clowning on the Front Lines / 5TJT
The Compassionate Clown Alley: Lev Leytzan / Hospital Clown Newsletter