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HONORING

Lior '84 and Dr. Drora Arussy
Guests of Honor

Arussy

 

Lior graduated the hesder program at Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1989 as a combat medic. He was given special dispensation to concurrently be the youth director for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Soviet Jewry Office. He has served as a member of the Etzion Foundation Board of Directors for the past 10 years, and he and Drora have been longstanding supporters of Yeshivat Har Etzion and Migdal Oz. One of the world’s authorities on customer experience, customer centricity and transformation, Lior is the CEO & President of Strativity Group, a consulting group based in NJ with offices in Canada, Australia, UK and Singapore. Lior has also authored seven books including “Next is Now” to be released in May 2018.

Drora was always a Gush wannabee. In her year in Israel she would spend many shabbatot at the Leibtag home to try and hear what her friends had learned that week, and of course also enjoying Rabbi Menachem and Thea Leibtag’s company. When Rav Yehuda Amital, zt”l, agreed to be their mesader kedushin in Cleveland, Ohio, it was really a dream come true. The dreams kept coming as two of their daughters completed their Shana ba’Aretz in Migdal Oz. Drora is an educator and teacher trainer and is Conference Director for E’eleh BeTamar, an organization that promotes research and dissemination of the beauty of Yemeni Jewry legacy, tradition and customs.

Dalya, Cheli, Liad, Netanel and Ronya Arussy learned, grew and grow from teachers throughout their school years who either directly or indirectly were trained by Gush.

 



Rabbi Kalman '90 and Dr. Jordana Topp

Rabbinic and Communal Leadership Award

Topp


Rabbi Kalman Topp attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1990-1992. Rabbi Topp is currently the Senior Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, serving in that position since 2009. During his tenure, he has strengthened Beth Jacob as a leading center of Modern Orthodoxy and Religious Zionism, providing dynamic Torah and social programming for all ages including young professionals. Previously, he served as Associate Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere and Rabbi at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Rabbi Topp was also on the Judaic Studies faculty at the Frisch School and Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaways.

After graduating from Sy Syms School of Business, Rabbi Topp was a learning madrich for the inaugural year of Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim. He received his ordination from Yeshiva University- RIETS and earned a Masters degree in secondary education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. Rabbi Topp is active in the broader community, currently serving on the National Council of AIPAC, Executive Committee of the RCA, Executive Committee of the Southern California Board of Rabbis, and the Advisory Board for the Israel-Christian Nexus.

Jordana is a graduate of Stern College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She studied at Michlalah and Nishmat in Jerusalem. In addition to raising her family, Jordana works as a dentist in private practice. As Rebbetzin of Beth Jacob, she teaches the Matan Bat Mitzvah seminar and Taharat hamishpacha classes to women. Jordana is currently a fellow in Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center U.S. Yoetzet Halacha program.

The Topps live in Los Angeles, California and have six children- Rachelli, Tzippora, Ayelet, Yakira, Aharon and Aryeh.

 


Isaac and Dr. Talia (Stechler) Dayan MO'03

Alumna of the Year Award

Dayan

Dr. Talia Dayan, MO ’03, is the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz Alumna of the Year.  Talia embraced the warm and nurturing environment of Migdal Oz to support her advanced Talmud and Halacha studies, and in both a personal and professional capacity she seeks to help support others every day.  Talia currently works as a school psychologist at a New Jersey public high school, and spent the past eight years conducting psycho-educational evaluations and providing psychotherapy in a variety of settings.  She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Applied Psychology of Bikur Cholim of Rockland County. Talia earned a doctorate in School Psychology at St. John’s University and a B.A. in Psychology and History from Brandeis University.

Talia enjoys connecting with Esti and other Migdal Oz alumni through her participation in alumni programming, frequently serving on event committees.  Since her year in Israel, Talia has been an active member of her community in both Washington Heights, and in Teaneck, where she now resides with her family.  Talia, together with her husband Isaac, helps create opportunities for others to learn at Migdal Oz through annual support of the scholarship fund.

Isaac is a Vice President in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs.  He received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA Charterholder.  Isaac teaches a weekly class at Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, in Hilchot Tefillah.  He previously served as President of Mount Sinai Jewish Center in Washington Heights, NY.

Talia and Isaac Dayan currently reside in Teaneck, NJ with their three children, Bonnie (5), Mitchell (3) and Emily (1).  

 

 


 

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