about us

Robert Frost defined home as the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.  True but not enough.  For beyond a place of unconditional acceptance, our home must provide us with nourishment.  According to Jewish tradition, the world, like human beings, possessed a navel – a point at which the world was connected to heaven and through which the earth could draw sustenance.  The navel of the world was located in a home, God’s home, the Temple in Jerusalem.  The Temple was our spiritual home and through the sacrificial service and Torah study that took place as the community gathered we were able to draw sacredness into our lives and to nourish our souls.  

As the spiritual life of our people moved beyond the Temple, our tradition began identifying other places as home and as central to our existence.  The beit midrash was the home for studying, the beit tefillah the home for praying and the beit knesset the home for gathering.  

Adat Ari El has been a home for many of us.  Through moments of learning, prayer and simply being able to gather together, Adat Ari El has become our home, our metaphoric navel – the spot at which we connect and our souls are nourished on Judaism in a Jewish environment. It is here we learn to how to raise up our souls, our families and the world around us.  It is here that we touch the divine and find our sense of who were are and what we can become. And it is here we join with us to support them as they support us.  

 

Our Vision

By blending the eternal values of Torah with modern insights, we strive to create a vibrant, inclusive and loving home that infuses our lives with shared meaning and inspires us to improve ourselves and our world.

“Beit Tefillah”—

A house of prayer, a spiritual home.  Whether in the David Familian Chapel, the Deiber Chapel, the Whizin Sanctuary, the Labowe Outdoor Chapel, Russell Hall, the Farber Auditorium, in our various school classrooms, or even in a makeshift tent in the parking lot when our Auditorium needed repairs, Adat Ari El has been a house of prayer and has provided a spiritual home for our community on a daily basis for nearly 75 years.

“Beit Midrash”—

A house of study and learning.  Whether in our Early Childhood Center, our Day School, our Jewish Learning Community (formerly known as the Religious School), our Confirmation Program, our Sisterhood’s M.I.D. program, or any of the numerous adult studies opportunities we offer on a weekly basis, Adat Ari El is a bastion of learning and study to our community and a house of learning to each of us that partakes of it.

“Beit Knesset”—

A house of assembly, our communal home.  It has been a place to celebrate baby namings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and weddings.  It is a place where voices of disparate political views are heard and, needless to say, argued about and with.  It is a place where people gather and organize to help one another in times of need, to support our brothers and sisters in Israel, and to help strangers in our greater community, Jewish and non-Jewish.  It is a place of music, theatre, and dance.  It is a place where lifelong friendships are made.

Welcome home.

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