What’s News at ADAT This Week: 5.11.18

May 07, 2018

Leadership Blog – Our Visit to the d.school

Dear Parents,

Last week, our 6th graders visited Stanford University’s d.school K12 Lab. This is the lab that our beautiful Zebrack Design Lab was modeled after. There, our students met up with our d.school partners, Ariel Raz and Devon Young, who led them through a design challenge and asked them to define the following design thinking terms: “Empathy,” “prototype,” “iteration” and “process.”

The following is what our students said in response:

Empathy is thinking about other people and their emotions. It is seeing things from a different perspective.”

“A prototype is like a beta version, a model, or a first draft.”

Iteration means doing something again. It is how you find success.”

“A process is when you have to follow steps and as you finish each step, your idea becomes more and more complex.”

“You have to go through multiple steps and stages in your process to see what works and what doesn’t.”

Ariel and Devon shared that seeing our students “embrace design thinking during their time at the d.school was incredible – their bias toward action, their willingness to fail and try again, and their focus on human-centered design came through. [They] left the session feeling doubly inspired to return to Adat Ari El later this month!”

It was so gratifying to see our 6th graders embody that which we hope to instill in all of our students in their own words and in a new environment. I cannot wait to see their final work at ADAT showcased at open house!

Shabbat Shalom,


School News & Updates

Adat Ari El’s New Membership Sustainability Model

Adat Ari El is embarking on a new, inclusive, and innovative model for membership. Our new Membership Sustainability Model asks our families to partner with us to the best of their ability each year to sustain our community. Please click here to visit the Membership Sustainability Model section of our newly redesigned website for all the information you need to know about this important endeavor. There you will find: a complete description of the Sustainability Model, frequently asked questions that will help guide you as you consider how best to partner with us, suggested giving levels, and links to forms to complete your membership profile. This is an exciting change for Adat Ari El and we thank you in advance for your commitment and generosity in partnering with us to create a strong, diverse, and thriving community for years to come. We are here to help you navigate our new membership model and If you have any questions, please contact our Community Outreach Director Jessica Biber: jbiber@adatariel.org or 818.766.9426.

Adat Ari El has a new website that we invite you to check out!
Important Survey for Future Family Education Programming

Please provide us with your answers by clicking the link below and filling out the Google form by Friday, May 25:


Inside the Classroom

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1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Around Campus

Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, May 23
Evite to follow soon!

Havdallah Under the Stars
Saturday, June 2
Picnic dinner, Havdallah as a community, giant games, singing, Israeli dancing, and more!
Evite to follow soon!



NEW!!!!   All School Yearbook

6th Grader Spotlight – Brandon W.

How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT since 4th grade.

What do you do for fun outside of school?
I like to play sports – baseball, soccer, and basketball. 

What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
What I like best about ADAT is that everybody knows each other and it’s such a nice community.

What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
4th grade was my favorite year because we got to go to Sacramento and I learned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. We also played some fun games!

What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
I’ll miss hanging out with all of my friends and the amazing community.

What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
I think one thing I learned that will stay with me forever is how to problem solve – by thinking about what I need to do first and then executing on it.

What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Design Thinking is a scientific process and I’ve learned how to plan what I’m going to do, research it, design, and then actually build it.

In the Community

Dear Families,
In honor of Mother’s Day, give yourself a break this summer.  Send your kids to Camp Adat.  For one day only, on Sunday, May 13 to Monday, May 14, registration for camp will be 10% off.  It promises to be a summer full of fun, friendship, and great times.  If you have questions, need registration forms or information, please contact Amy George (ageorge@aaeds.org.)
Thanks and have a lovely Mother’s Day…and every day.

ADAT Summer Camp


 From the Synagogue

Important News Regarding Your Membership Dues

Adat Ari El is embarking on an entirely new membership structure we call our “Sustainability Model.”  This completely replaces traditional membership dues.  In lieu of dues we ask you to make an annual financial contribution – at the highest level you are able – so that, together, we will ensure Adat Ari El continues to thrive. Each member household has been sent an e-mail and letter about this new model earlier this week. The letter and e-mail both include links to access our new online membership renewal form where you will be able to pledge your annual contribution.

In order to accurately plan for our coming fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) we ask that you pledge your annual contribution now.  Going forward, we will do this each spring for the coming fiscal year.

Please visit our updated and improved website to learn more about the Sustainability Model, review FAQ’s and access the membership renewal form.

Anyone who has difficulty using our online system, or would like any assistance in doing so, is welcome to contact Jessica Biber, our Director of Community Relations, at 818-766-9426 ext. 257.


Dear Friends,
Please join the N’ranena Band and me for a fulfilling musical service on Friday, May 11, 2018. We will be joined during services by members of The Miracle Project, a fully inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for children, teens, and adults with autism and of all abilities.
Bring a vegetarian or dairy meal, and a dessert to share with others after our service. A warming oven will be available for you to store your picnic meal.
The N’ranena service begins at 6:00pm in Russell Hall. I look forward to seeing you!
Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff
Adat Ari El



Mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • May 11: 1st Grade Kabbalat Ha’Siddur – 5:45 p.m.
  • May 14 – 17: ERB Testing – Grades 3-6
  • May 21: Shavuot – No School
  • May 28: Memorial Day – No School
  • May 31: DS Open House

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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