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Cantor Arianne Brown It is my joy and privilege to guide our Adas Israel families on the journey to becoming bar/bat mitzvah. I enjoy the large opportunities and the small details of this important work. Our program is unique in many ways. From the Kabbalat Parsha (receiving the Torah portion) ritual in 5thgrade, to a B’nai Mitzvah family Shabbaton in 6th grade, we strive to infuse all aspects of this process with meaning and connection. We also provide individualized one on one training, as you’ll hear if you wander the halls of the 3rd floor on any given afternoon. I have trained close to 1,000 b’nai mitzvah students in both one-on-one and large group settings! I enjoy teaching trope in an active and colorful manner, helping students internalize the skills of reading Torah, Haftarah, and leading prayers, and working with students of many differentiated learning needs and styles. Most rewarding of all is to continue our connection long after the bar/bat mitzvah day.






Senior Rabbis Aaron Alexander & Lauren Holtzblatt
Assistant Rabbi Sarah Krinsky

As rabbis of Adas Israel, our interaction with b’nai mitzvah and their families provides a unique opportunity for personal connection within the context of preparing for bar/bat mitzvah.  Our sessions begin with the whole family (first session) and continue with the student (remaining sessions).  As we guide our students into exploratory study of their Torah portion, we encourage them to ask questions, to challenge and strengthen their beliefs, and to connect with themes from within our tradition to issues that are current and relevant to their lives. Our discussions become the springboard for the Divrei Torah that our students deliver, as they become teachers of the congregation.  We look forward to spending time with you and your children in the months ahead. 

Rabbi Kerrith Solomon As Director of Education here at Adas Israel, I have the privilege of watching our children learn and grow in their Jewish journey from early childhood to young adulthood and beyond. Bar/bat mitzvah is a milestone rite of passage, celebrating all our children have learned and propelling them into the next level of maturity. My involvement with b’nai mitzvah includes educational vision, participating in grade-wide b’nai mitzvah activities, meeting with families to discuss learning needs, and occasionally working with students on divrei Torah. My background in educational practice and philosophy has been cultivated by years of working in synagogues, day schools, camps, and college campuses. I most look forward to continuing to know our students as teens in our thriving high school Maalot program.

Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Ritual Director & Weekly Tutor.I take great pride in helping each and every student achieve their potential as they unlock the beauty and complexities of adult Torah study.  My students and I are productive together while managing to have a lot of fun, and I enjoy figuring out the key to connecting with each child.  I prepare many of our b’nai mitzvah students and their families for their celebrations in one on one b’nai mitzvah lessons.  This includes coordinating tutoring schedules and being the go-to person for questions about Ritual celebrations at Adas Israel.  I’ve been with Adas Israel since 2016, and previously taught at CES-JDS, JPDS and B’nai Israel Congregation.  My degrees are from Bryn Mawr College, the University of Michigan and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.



Naomi Malka, Weekly Tutor.  I have prepared over 500 b’nai mitzvah students and their families for their ceremonies over the last 15 years. Along with Rabbi Kerrith and Cantor Ari, I designed the Rituals curriculum covering Tallit, Tefillin, Aliyot, and Mikvah for 6th graders in our religious school. Since 2006, I have been the director of the Adas Israel Community Mikvah, and from 2011-2015 I was the Ritual Coordinator of Adas Israel. My BA is in Sociology from UCLA and I have an MA in Sacred Music from JTS. I studied violin for many years and use Suzuki techniques in teaching Torah and Haftara tropes to my B’nai Mitzvah students. I love watching my students overcome their nervousness so that they can enjoy the embrace of our community on their big day.




Beryl Saltman, Administrator. I came to Adas Israel from Los Angeles in December, 1998 and I am the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Rabbis. I send out all the important e-mails and forms, keep the families on track and answers your questions or refers families to the proper clergy member. I am in constant contact with years’ worth of b’nai mitzvah families at all times, and I make sure all administrative aspects of our program function in a smooth manner. I enjoy getting to know the families and talking with the b’nai mitzvah when they are waiting to meet with the rabbis.

Fri, December 14 2018 6 Tevet 5779