Rabbi Ari Leubitz, Our Head of School
I embrace the idea of actively engaging in your child’s education and their Jewish experience. Studies have shown that there is a clear connection between student achievement and parental involvement. Your connection to the school is important to all of us under this roof, and, most importantly - essential to your child’s success and growth here.
An important component of the climate and culture here at AJA is that our doors are always open to you. As we Reimagine AJA and the climate here, I want to take a step back and articulate some of the core values we will continue to impart to your children while they are here under our roof.
1. Build interpersonal relationships. We encourage your children to connect with new and old friends, connect with their teachers and connect with their siblings and families. This leads to their overall enjoyment of the school and of learning. Fostering relationships helps create a comfortable and inclusive environment for all of us, both at home and at school.
2. Kavod. - Respect. Respect. Respect. This is a key piece of our school climate and our Jewish roots. The Talmud ordains a profound respect which children owe to their parents. We carry this over into the goals for the school. We want all children and staff here to feel respected. And, for your children to bring the kavod back to your home...that is a goal for us as well.
3. Assume the best in each other. We are teaching the children in all grades the importance of looking for the good in one another. It’s too easy to hone in on the issue and negatives. We encourage a positive approach. This links the new relationships they are building with the kavod they will demonstrate to one another.
Starting as infants, our children are on a path. This path will eventually lead to something deep and profound. I also know that there are multiple entry points in Judaism. My job as an educator is to promote a culture of loving Judaism, and to provide many entry points for our children so they can each hit their stride on the path to leading meaningful, introspective and authentic Jewish lives. Reimagine AJA.