Rabbi Uri Topolosky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel. He is a past president of the Rabbinic Council of Greater New Orleans, as well as a member of the local Vaad HaKashrut and the Interfaith Clergy Association. Uri served previously as the Associate Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the 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.
Rabbi Uri is married to Dahlia, and they have four children, Elyon, Itai, Adi, and Liat.
Rabbi Uri is a warm and approachable person, whose goal is to create an “accessible” synagogue – a place where all people, regardless of background or affiliation, feel welcome and embraced. Feel free to contact him at Rabbi@BethIsraelNOLA.com
Dr. Dahlia Topolosky, a wife and mother, musician and psychologist, is also our Rebbetzin!
Dahlia earned 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. In 2005, she completed her doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in children and adolescents.
Dahlia worked as the school psychologist for the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY, and then at the Mercy Family Center clinic during her first years in New Orleans. She now has a private practice with the Family Behavioral Health Center in Metairie.
In college, Dahlia learned to play guitar and began to lead concerts for women sharing Jewish mystical teachings and soulful melodies. Dahlia started the first Jewish mommy and me music and movement class in Riverdale, NY with a friend and then went on to release her first children’s CD in 2007 entitled “Kol Nearim/Voice of Children.” Dahlia continues to sing and lead musical, soulful programming within the Jewish community.
Balancing her career as a psychologist and her devotion to the Jewish community, Dahlia loves spending time with her family and hopes that their home is an open and warm place where everyone feels welcome. Dahlia can be reached at: email@example.com