What’s News at ADAT This Week: 4.13.18

April 09, 2018

Leadership Blog 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful Pesach break! Personally, this break was exactly what I needed. I was able to be productive during the first week, crossing off many items on my to-do list that I usually can’t get to when our school is bustling and busy–and from the first night of Pesach until we returned to school, I put an away message on my email and voicemail, and was able to spend eight precious days with my family. I came back to school on Monday refreshed, thrilled to be back, and ready for what will inevitably be a whirlwind of a final six weeks of school.

There is a lot to update you about! Just before Pesach, our sixth graders decided which middle school they would like to attend. I’m very proud to announce that our students were accepted to the following middle schools:

  • Buckley
  • Campbell Hall
  • Heschel
  • Milken
  • Sierra Canyon
  • Westridge

We will have plenty of time as the year draws to a close to celebrate our sixth graders and their accomplishments. For now, I will simply wish them a hearty Mazal Tov!

Additionally, we are ready to announce our new Judaic Studies Director! After sifting through resumes and speaking with candidates, we’re thrilled that the best candidate for the position is our own Eric Chafetz. For those of you who don’t know Eric, you can read more about him in his bio below – he is currently the Assistant Director of the JLC, and teaches 3rd and 4th grade Judaic studies in our Day School. Eric will officially start in his new role on July 1!

I hope that everyone marks their calendars for Thursday, April 19, for our Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. We will start during the school day at 2:00PM to celebrate with the students as a school community, and then at 3:30, we will join the synagogue community for a huge celebration, including Israeli dancing, an art project, REAL CAMELS!, a movie screening, dinner, and more. This will be an incredible opportunity for our whole community to join together, and I sincerely hope to see all of you there.

And last, but certainly not least, we are in the final stages of preparing for Back to ADAT’s Future, our First Annual Day School Celebration, honoring Haim Linder, next Saturday, April 21! If you have not had a chance to buy your tickets please do so! We look forward to a night of food, drinks, fun, and even some special surprises!

As you can tell, we’ve jumped head-first right back into school and are excited to share these precious last two months of this school year with all of you and your children.

With so much to be proud of and much to which I look forward,



We are thrilled to announce our new Judaic Studies Director, our very own Eric Chafetz of the JLC, who will begin officially on July 1. Read more about Eric below:

Eric Chafetz was born and raised in New York City, where he was active in both his synagogue and local youth group. This love for the Jewish community blossomed into a natural career in synagogue and camp education. After seven years of working in the field of Jewish education, Eric took the next step in discovering his Jewish identity and made Aliyah. While in Israel, he worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Eric returned to the United States a few years later to continue his studies at Hebrew College in Boston, Massachusetts. Two years later, Eric moved to Los Angeles to be closer to his now wife, Rabbi Ashley Berns-Chafetz, and graduated from the American Jewish University with a master’s degree in Education and a double focus in experiential education and Jewish studies. Additionally, he received a master’s concentration in advanced Israel education from the iCenter for Israel Education.

Eric comes to us internally having spent the last year working for the supplemental education department at Adat Ari El. He is looking forward to continuing his work in the JLC, as well as joining the Day School staff. Eric and Ashley live in Westwood with their two-year-old daughter Zoe, and are expecting their second daughter this summer. When he is not at Adat Ari El, Eric enjoys cooking, rooting for the New York Mets, and spending time playing in their backyard with his daughter.

Inside the Classroom

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6th Grade

In the Community

ISRAEL’S 70th Birthday Celebration!


Back to ADAT’s Future – Next Saturday, April 21
Our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder is just about one week away, so register before it’s too late – online or through the mail. Then, book your babysitter and get ready to go back to ADAT’s future at this totally awesome fundraiser!
La Maida Institute
Healing Families Through Connection 3-Week Series

Mondays, April 16-307-8:30PM

Are you wanting more of a connected, harmonious flow in your home?
Healing Families Through Connection 3 week class is designed to help families connect and live from their core values, innate resiliency, and inner wisdom. Learn simple, practical tools that will help heal the common struggles of the modern family.
This workshop will help families:
  • Unlock the patterns of disconnection and understand how those patterns impact resilience and mental health
  • Discover family exercises to connect more authentically through mindfulness and relational practices
  • Learn how to “not lose it” through self-regulation techniques to manage stress in the nervous system
  • Discover core values that support the integrity of the family while increasing its capacity for resilience
  • Restore healing through harmonious communication with wise speech and easy-to-use strategies
Families with single or multiple children (ages 7-17) welcome!


ADAT Summer Camp


From the Synagogue


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • April 15: Buddy Play Date – postponed until June 1st (during the school day)
  • April 18: Yom Hazikaron
  • April 19: Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s 70th Birthday Celebration
  • April 27: Grade 6 Shabbat Dinner and Service
  • May 4: Maccabiah Games –  12:30 p.m. dismissal

Click here for the full calendar.  **If you would like to subscribe to the ADAT calendar click here. On the bottom right corner of the ADAT calendar, click “subscribe” and select your preferred calendar type.


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