A Historic Progressive Conservative Congregation in Valley Village, CA
The schools of Adat Ari El are founded upon uncompromising academic excellence and engagement. From our youngest learners at the ECC, to our day school students, to our JLC supplemental education participants, we strive to create the next generation of committed, kind, and knowlegable Jews. Our programs are rich in both historical Jewish context and forward thinking content that produces well rounded individuals. Using their connection to Judaism as their guide, our students are prepared to engage the world around them in the most significant and impactful ways possible. Please read below about our heads of schools.
Shara Peters- Head of The Labowe Family Day School
Shara Peters is the Head of School at Adat Ari El Day School in Los Angeles, CA. Her passion for education lies in project-based, integrated learning through the lens of Design Thinking. She received her Master’s in Education from American Jewish University, and was a DeLeT fellow at Hebrew Union College. Shara cohosts a podcast about Jewish day school education-- Find Yourself a Teacher-- and has been published by Scientific American, EducationWeek Teacher, ASCD’s MiddleWeb, and the Buck Institute for Education on a variety of topics. She currently resides in Sherman Oaks, CA with her husband and two small children.
Ori Zadok- Head of The Rose Engel Early Childhood Center
Ori Zadok has been in the field of early education for 20 years now. He spent many years as a preschool teacher at the Palo Alto JCC. Ori has taught leaners of many different ages and social economic backgrounds. He enjoys presenting workshops and lectures to teachers, some of the topics he presents are: the use of documentation in early education, gender bias education, creation of time and space in ECE classrooms, and American Jews in comedy. Ori received his M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.
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Julee S. Levine- Head of the Supplemental Education Department
Julee Levine came to Adat Ari El in 2002 as the Youth Director. Over the years, she has expanded her portfolio to include the Confirmation/Seminar Institute, Festival Programming and now the Jewish Learning Community (JLC). Julee is a graduate of the University of Florida with 2 degrees in Special Education. She is on the board of the Jewish Youth Directors Association and is an active part of the BJE’s Religious School Educators Network. In 2013, she was recognized by Far West USY with the Kesher award for outstanding work with our youth. She is (extremely) passionate about all things Gator related and also loves karaoke, good books, and exploring Los Angeles. Julee grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and she and her husband Jason met in LA and were married at Adat Ari El. Reach out to Julee for information about the JLC, Confirmation Programs, USY and Kadima and other opportunities for Youth & Teen programs.
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