Dear Adat Ari El Families,
Last Shabbat, a group of families gathered at Camp Ramah in Ojai California. We spent the weekend learning both with and from each other, watching our children make new friends and strengthen their pre-existing relationships, and relaxing in the scenic backdrop of Camp Ramah. In addition to the time spent getting to know each other, the weekend featured other opportunities, such as challah braiding, yoga, hiking, ropes course and a mini color war competition.
This was my first Shabbaton with the Day School at Adat Ari El and I was blown away with the sense of community and love that I felt from our families. Last Shabbat, we read from the Parsha Chayei Sarah (The life of Sarah). There was a discussion about the idea that since the Parsha begins with the death of Sarah, the focus is on Sarah’s legacy and how she pushed those around her to be better people.
Watching our children this weekend really highlighted this message from Chayei Sarah. They were supportive of each other at the ropes course, cheering each other to succeed. They pushed each other to try new things and sat together at meals. They really embodied the message that we received from the Parsha. These were not things that had to be asked of them, they are values and beliefs that are ingrained in them because of who they were raised by – they are a product of you, our community, and our school.
The mission of our school reads, “Through Jewish vision and values, Adat Ari El Labowe Family Day School raises up students who KNOW themselves, SERVE others, and ACT to improve the world”. The behavior that I witnessed this weekend, whether it was at the ropes course, in the dining hall or celebrating Havdalah together, showed me that our children have made this mission statement a part of their lives.
I am looking...