Rabbi Uri Topolosky joined Kehilat Pardes – The Rock Creek Synagogue (formerly Beth Joshua Congregation) in August of 2013. He also serves as the Rav HaKehillah of the Berman Hebrew Academy, where he is an alumnus (class of ’96).
Prior to his return to Maryland, Uri served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans for six years where he helped revitalize a community shattered by Hurricane Katrina. Uri served previously as the Associate Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Bronx, NY. Uri received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and was a member of the second graduating class in 2005. Prior to his rabbinic studies, 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, 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 Isralight Institute, further cultivating his passion for music and spirituality as a community leader.
Uri serves as President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, and as the chair of the Beltway Vaad. He is also a faculty member for the Wexner Heritage Program, and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Uri is married to Dahlia, a psychologist, and they are blessed with four children, Elyon, Itai, Adi, and Liat. Rabbi Uri is a warm and approachable person, whose goal is to create an “accessible” community – a place where all people, regardless of background or affiliation, feel welcome and embraced. Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or 301-962-1360 option #2.