Bayit Alumni - Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit
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Rabbi Aaron Frank is Head of School at the Kinneret Day School in Riverdale, NY. Prior to coming to Kinneret, Rabbi Frank was the Associate Principal at SAR High School. Before moving to New York, he worked at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore for twelve years, serving as Lower School and then High School Principal. In addition to his work in education administration, Rabbi Frank has served as a High Holidays rabbi at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland since 2001. A graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows program at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem as well as of the Principals' Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Rabbi Frank serves on the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and on the Rabbinic Advisory Board of Yeshivat Maharat. He served as Associate Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale under the mentorship of Rabbi Avi Weiss from 1996 until 2000 and was a founding member of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Baltimore. A musmakh of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Aaron holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. Rabbi Frank is married to Laura Shaw Frank. They have four children: Ateret, Yanniv, Elinadav, and Neri.
Rabbi Gelman received his bachelors and masters from Yeshiva University and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University. His passions include Modern Orthodox thought, reading, Zionism and the New York Yankees.
Rabbi Gelman teaches numerous classes and chavurot on a wide variety of topics including: Jewish law, Jewish history and Jewish philosophy and thought. He is also heavily involved with the youth of the congregation providing educational as well as social programs for children of all ages.
Rabbi Gelman is very proud of the development of universal kashrut and Shabbat warming standards in his community in order to allow for maximum social interaction between community members. He is the Halachik authority for the Houston Community Mikvah and the eruv in the United Orthodox Synagogue neighborhood. Rabbi Gelman is member of the Board of Directors of the Rabbinic Cabinet of State of Israel Bonds and the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Locally Rabbi Gelman is the Treasurer of the Houston Rabbinical Association, a member of the Vaad of the Houston Kashrut Association and on the Board of Directors of the Houston Jewish Federation.
Rabbi Gelman was invited to the White House in December 2005 where he delivered the annual Chanukah message to President Bush and the Jewish staff of the White House.
Rabbi Gelman is involved in the local Houston community efforts on behalf of Darfur and created the “Bring Gilad Home” Blue Ribbon Campaign on behalf of Gilad Shalit and Israel Soldier abducted by Palestinian Terrorists. He also spearheaded relief efforts for the Jewish and general community of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Rabbi Gelman is married to Gabrielle and they have five children.
His communal responsibilities include teaching classes, attending to the elderly, the youth, and the sick, and ministering to the pastoral needs of the congregation which currently includes more than 300 families.
He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University.
From 1999-2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss.
He is a frequent guest columnist in newspapers and now writes regularly for Huffington Post and The Washington Post.
Rabbi Herzfeld teaches a daily Talmud class in his synagogue, at least two other weekly Torah classes in his synagogue, plus a weekly Torah class in downtown Washington D.C. at the Hudson Institute (all are welcome to attend) and a regular class on Judaism at the US Senate.
His first book "Fifty-Four Pick Up: Fifteen Minute Inspirational Torah Lessons" is now available at Amazon.
He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld (a Neurologist), and children Lea, Roey, Elai, Max, Shia, and Kolbi.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202 882 7225
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Uri Topolosky (YCT Class of ’05) is the Rabbi of the Beth Joshua Congregation in Aspen Hill, MD. He also serves as the Rav HaKehillah of the MJB Hebrew Academy, where he is an alumnus (class of ’96).
Uri is married to Dahlia, a psychologist, and they are blessed with four children, Elyon, Itai, Adi, and Liat.