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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

COVID-19 Response and Information

We're Here to Help: 

If you are feeling anxious or need to talk to someone, please contact any member of our clergy by finding their email below. If you prefer to contact a clergy member by phone, they will be checking their office voicemails frequently. 

  • Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernard at
  • Rabbi Jessica Yarkin at
  • Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff at

Resources for Parents:

Connecting to Judaism:

Just for Fun:

As we navigate growing concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to ensure you that we are vigilant about this very serious situation and to encourage you to minimize the risk of exposure to yourselves, your family, and at Adat Ari El.

We suggest that each of you become and remain accurately informed about this situation by going to the CDC and Los Angeles County Health Department websites to learn what our federal and local government officials are encouraging you to do to increase your chance of remaining healthy and to help us maintain a healthy and mindful community at Adat Ari El.

These precautions include:

  • Frequent hand-washing using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. We also will install hand sanitizing stations on our campus.
  • Sneezing and coughing directly into a tissue to be discarded or your elbow, and not your hands, to contain the spread of infection. (A good idea is to come to campus with some tissues in your pocket, purse, bag, or jacket.)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Minimizing handshakes, hugs, and kisses.
  • Maintain good health practices including by getting adequate sleep and proper nutrition.


All non-essential programming is suspended for the time being. 

Our Shabbat and daily services will continue on a greatly modified basis. 

We are asking our community to refrain from attending Shabbat services. Instead we will be live-streaming our services with only the essential personnel present. You can click here to go to our Facebook page for our live-stream and we will do our best to provide technical assistance for anyone who needs it.

Two things to know about Facebook Access:

1. You do not need to have a Facebook account to see our page and to join the live-stream, just click the link above.

2. You may have to refresh the page a few times in your browser until the live-stream post pops up.

B’nai Mitzvah tutoring will continue. Cantor Aranoff will be in touch with all B’nai Mitzvah families and tutors and give guidelines as to how the tutoring will take place.

School Information:

Labowe Family Day School:

We at Adat Ari El have been watching the news closely. Originally, we shared with you that we plan to take this closure week by week. At this point, it's safe to say that this closure will last longer than most originally anticipated. We want -- and vehemently hope -- that we will be able to return to campus before the end of the school year. Al we know now is that we will indeed be adjusting to a new normal, and we will be living that normal longer than expected. As soon as we hear word from government officials that it is prudent to reopen, we will communicate with you about it. To learn more about how we are addressing learning at this time, please click here

Rose Engel Early Childhood Center:

While the Adat Ari El Rose Engel Early Childhood Center remains closed, we are still very busy!  Along with celebrating Havdalah and Shabbat as a community each week, the children and teachers have been meeting every day to continue their learning.  It has been truly inspiring and enriching to share in this experience as a staff and a community.  The teachers have gone above and beyond in their implementation of online engagement.  They continue to create an environment that adheres to our mission statement: “We explore our world with our community to prepare us for the future.”  Now, more than ever, we are not only showing our children, but also teaching them about resilience, curiosity, creativity, and the importance of kindness, compassion, and of course good hygiene! … all while maintaining a focus on Judaism as well as essential life skills.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to return to our ECC environment before the end of the school year.  Beyond that, we are uncertain of what the future has in store for us.  We will keep you informed as soon as any decisions have been made.  We miss seeing everyone’s faces and sharing smiles on a daily basis … but we know we will all be back together soon … just maybe not as soon as we hoped.

Stay well, be safe, and keep smiling!

Jewish Learning Community:

The JLC will start online and virtual learning activities the week of March 24. 

Families will be contacted directly by teachers and invited to online sessions and other events. 

The weekly email will continue to go out on Fridays and will serve as a place where teachers can post their lessons and assignments by class. 

Click here to find the Zoom links for each JLC teacher and Hebrew tutor. 

The Confirmation Dinner & Dialogue program will begin virtual sessions on Monday, March 23. Students will be contacted by Rabbi Bernhard Directly. The 7th & 8th Grade Pre-Confirmation program will meet virtually on Tuesdays at 7:30pm on Zoom. The invitation will be sent out to families. 

Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781