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A Historic Progressive Conservative Congregation in Valley Village, CA
A Dynamic Jewish Early Childhood Center Serving Children Ages 6 Weeks to Entering Pre-K
A Jewish Day School serving students in Grades TK-6
A Historic Progressive Conservative Congregation in Valley Village, CA

Mornings at ADAT

02/20/2020 03:05:50 PM


Sari Goodman

Imagine this.  You arrive a few minutes early to work.  You have time to grab a cup of coffee, exchange personal greetings, check in with colleagues, and look over your schedule for the day.  How do you feel?  

Now imagine this.  You arrive a little late to work.  Skipping the coffee and the greetings, you hurry to gather the material you need for the meeting that just...Read more...

Parshat Hashavua Yitro

02/14/2020 12:08:52 PM


Eric Chafetz


In this week’s Parsha, Yitro, we read about the Israelites receiving the Torah from Mt. Sinai.  There is a famous midrash that when the Torah was given, no bird chirped, no animals moved and no person uttered a sound.  At that moment God said, Anochi Adonai Elohecha  - I am Adonai your God. God did not say Eloheichem  which would have demonstrated that God was addressing the community as a...Read more...

Tu B'Shevat

02/05/2020 09:50:12 AM


Eric Chafetz


This week we will celebrate Tu B’Shvat, one of the four Jewish New Years (Mishnah Rosh HaShanah 1:1).  Tu B’Shvat is the unofficial birthday of the trees and while it may seem like the time of year to bake a cake and go sing to the tree in your front yard the origins of this “birthday” have a more practical purpose. 

 “When you enter the land [of Israel] and plant any tree...Read more...

Resetting the Table

01/31/2020 07:41:12 AM


Shara Peters


Before I start my blog post for this week, I would like to start by saying that I sincerely hope to see everyone on Saturday at our Day School Bazaar! It is going to truly be a fun, memorable, and unique evening. The room looks incredible, the food plentiful and delicious, and there are lots of surprises in store! And now, my article officially starts: 

On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of this...

Re-enrollment - 2020-2021

01/23/2020 08:21:55 AM


Sarah Schultz

Dear Parents,

2020 is here … and that means we’re already well into thinking about the upcoming school year! A couple of days ago (Wednesday afternoon, to be specific), you should have received your re-enrollment contract for the 2020-2021 school year. This contract serves two purposes. It addresses the business side of running a school – officially re-enrolling your child(ren) for the next school year. And,...Read more...

Keeping Our Children Children

01/17/2020 03:43:28 PM


Shara Peters


Do you know what generation label our children have? People born between 1995 and 2015, that’s ages 4-24, are known as Gen D (for digital), Gen Z (following Gen Y, otherwise known as Millennials), or the iGen. This is the largest generation, representing 25% of the nation’s population. 

They are “Digital Natives”, media multitaskers, publishers, creators, entrepreneurial, and activists who are...Read more...

Happy New Year!

01/09/2020 11:16:02 AM


Shara Peters

Dear Parents, 


Many of us were here at dismissal on the Friday afternoon before winter break to experience our unexpected lockdown. I am happy to say that within the first 60 seconds, all children and adults who were on campus were silently hidden behind a locked door. Many parents got to experience a drill that, as a faculty, we are quite accustomed to carrying out. Within 20 minutes our...Read more...

Day School Shabbaton

11/01/2019 03:54:30 PM


I am so excited that registration for our 4th Annual Day School Family Shabbaton at Camp Ramah in Ojai is now open (December 13-15)! Last year was so much fun, and I am looking forward to building on our experience with all of our new and returning families. 

Some highlights of our time together will include: 

Arts and crafts

Student-led Kabbalat...

Spread the Word - An Interactive Open House

10/24/2019 06:28:16 PM


Dear Parents,

Every year around this time, we look to you, our parent body, to use your voice " in the most constructive of ways. As our admissions season is in full swing, we know that the #1 way for others to learn about Adat Ari El Day School is by word of mouth. In other words, YOU! 

So, consider this blog your reminder to share your love of ADAT with friends and family in and around your neighborhood...Read more...

Election Reflection

10/17/2019 06:40:07 PM


During this time of year, we think about the past and look to the future.

As the new Student Council advisor, I spent many hours thinking about ways I can make the experience valuable for all the students who wish to participate.  When I first envisioned the “new” student council, I really wanted to be able to open up the experience to more students than there had been in previous years.  Together with our...Read more...

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