Announcement from MJBHA:
MJBHA and the Beth Joshua Congregation are very excited to announce the recent arrival of the Topolosky family. Rabbi Uri Topolosky, a graduate of the class of 1995, will be sewing as the new Rabbi of Beth Joshua Congregation as well as the "Rav ha-Kehillah" of MJBHA**. In both positions Rabbi Uri and his family will focus on building the school and community and creating a warm, welcoming, spiritual environment for all to enjoy.
As Rav Ha-Kehillah Rabbi Uri will have a role in informal programming across all the divisions of the school including Preschool Rosh Chodesh programming, Lower School "Ask The Rabbi" sessions, helping to facilitate shacharit in Middle School and mincha in Upper School as well as special programs in each division. Rabbi Topolosky will also be teaching grade boys and girls Chumash classes in the Upper School.
As the rabbi and spiritual leader of Beth Joshua Congregation (the synagogue community that meets in the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy's Upper School Beit Midrash), Rabbi Uri will actively be working to grow the community surrounding the school in Aspen Hill. Rabbi Uri comes to this position from having served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans for six years Where he helped revitalize a community shattered by Hurricane Katrina. He served previously as the Associate Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Bronx, NY. His rabbinic ordination is from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School where he was a member of the second graduating class in 2005, Prior to his rabbinic studies Rabbi Uri spent two years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Sha'alvim before attending the University of Maryland at College Park. While completing a BA in Communication Rabbi Uri played an integral role in the development of an inclusive Jewish community on campus, He spent the following year living in Jerusalem learning and working for the lsralight Institute further cultivating his passion for music and spirituality as a community leader.
Dahlia is a licensed psychologist who completed her doctorate in 2005 from the combined school clinical program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. the Horace Mann Lower School in NY before relocating to New Orleans where she worked in private practice providing treatment and assessment for children/adolescents with various psychological, learning, and behavioral disorders. Outside her practice, Dahlia created and led a support group for parents offering positive parenting skills and also provided private coaching. Her prior education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English at Barnard College in New York. Dahlia has also spent time in Israel learning in various institutions of advanced Jewish studies and volunteering in underprivileged communities.
Dahlia also enjoys singing and playing guitar. She has led concerts and kumzitzes for women and appreciates any opportunity to share Jewish mystical teachings and soulful melodies. Dahlia has started "Mommy and Me" Jewish music and movement groups for parents and children and in 2007, produced her first album called Kol Nearim (Voice of Children)4 Her album is sold online at www.cdbaby.com and in Jewish stores around the country.
Rabbi Uri and Dahlia are blessed with four children who will all be students at MJBHA: Elyon (4m), Itai (2nd), Adi (4N), and Liat (2N).
The Aspen Hill Initiative:
**We are very fortunate that Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz will continue to serve as the school's formal posek (Halachic decisor).