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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




Rabbi Emily JK Holtzman, MAJEd, MAJS, MARS
Director of Youth Engagement

My name is Rabbi Emily JK Holtzman and I am thrilled to be coming aboard as your new Director of Youth Engagement! I grew up in Agoura Hills, attending the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps for 10 summers as a camper, CIT, and staff member. Camp was where I discovered my connection to Judaism, where it felt like I had found a home.

I received my Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Art History with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Oregon. After graduation, I worked at a number of Jewish institutions throughout Los Angeles.

During my time in rabbinical school, I had the pleasure of working for IKAR, Temple Beth Am, the AJU Community Mikveh, Hillel 818, Taglit-Birthright, Congregation B'nai Chaim in Murrieta, and Beit Teshuvah. 

The mission of the Adat Ari El Jewish Learning Community is to “create a sense of community and encourage our learners to push themselves and their thinking”. I want to motivate learners to be their best selves, to be proud of their Judaism and traditions, and to go out into the world to make it a better place. My hope is to continue to grow and expand an already thriving program, through thoughtful experiential learning, community building, and engagement. 

As Rabbi Hanina tells us in the Talmud, “I have learned much from my teachers and even more from my friends, but from my students I have learned most of all.” I am looking forward to starting on this journey with all of you, learning, exploring, and growing through the guidance of our Torah and tradition.  

Click Here to connect with Rabbi Holtzman or at

(818) 766-9426 ext. 241

Sara Marcus
Assistant Director of Youth Engagement

My name is Sara Marcus and I am excited to be working as the Assistant Director of Youth Engagement! I am from Encino, CA and have been a proud member of Adat Ari El since 2005. I have been involved at Adat in many capacities including attending the Day School, serving as a B’nai Mitzvah tutor, reading Torah and Haftarah regularly on Shabbat and High Holidays, and teaching in the JLC. I have really been looking forward to offering myself to Adat in this new capacity.

I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts Degree and Phi Beta Kappa membership in History with minors in English and History of Art and Architecture from UC Santa Barbara. At UCSB, I was the Alumnae Relations Chair and Head of New Member Education for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority as well as the Vice President of UCSB’s branch of JAM (Jewish Awareness Movement).

My role as the Assistant Director of Youth Engagement will be to act as the advisor for the Adat Ari El Youth Group, teach 6th grade and Derech Academy, and assist in the general operation of the Jewish Learning Community. I look forward to a successful year!

Click Here to connect with Sara Marcus or at

(818) 766-9426 ext. 207

Mon, February 6 2023 15 Shevat 5783