Rabbi Uri Topolosky

A Post-Katrina Mikveh

11/09/2010

Few people are more intimately familiar with water’s destructive potential than Rabbi Uri Topolosky.

When Hurricane Katrina unleashed massive flooding, the rabbi’s synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel New Orleans in Metairie, La., was one of the many victims. Water destroyed Beth Israel’s building, Torah scrolls and, somewhat ironically, even its ritual bath.

But last month, while attending a conference, as part of a New Orleans delegation working to rebuild the mikveh, Rabbi Topolosky had a personal encounter with water’s healing potential.

Rabbi Uri Topolosky (with wife and children) .
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