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    One Year Later

    It is hard to believe that today marks the one year anniversary from the start of the Woolsey fires.  It has been a year since our school, our community and our lives were impacted forever.  A year ago I said, “Our school, at its core, has never been about the physical space or the buildings in which the children learn. Our school is a sacred and special community, founded because visionaries believed that our community needed its Jewish soul to be nurtured.” ...  Read More...

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    You're Invited to IRDS' Speaker Night

    Join us for our first speaker night “Raising Physically and Mentally Healthy and Resilient Kids,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.Register NowABOUT THE SPEAKERSDR. TANYA ALTMANN As a pediatrician, best-selling author, network television parenting expert and entertainment industry and child product industry consultant, Dr. Altman helps parents through day-to-day child rearing challenges among other things.   Read More...

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    G'Mar Chatima Tova!

    Dear IRDS families,“People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)Judaism teaches that when we hurt one person, three parties are injured: The one we offended, G-d, and ourselves. We must ask forgiveness from all three, but in a specific order. We must start with the one we offended, then ask for G-d’s forgiveness; only then can we seek forgiveness from ourselves.   Read More...

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    Mini-Rosh Ha’Shanah Talmudic Seder

    Download this Seder HereIn Sephardic Jewish homes there are several ways to prepare and conduct the Rosh Hashanah seder. To conduct the seder, you’ll need seven bowls placed in the center of the table. Each bowl is filled with one of the following:DatesPomegranatesApples and honeyString beansPumpkinSpinach and scallionsFish head (or head of lettuce)The leader begins the seder.Leader: Seder Yehi RatzonThe group responds: Seder Yehi Ratzon … Baruch HaShem.Dates (T’marim)Pass around the bowl and ha...  Read More...

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    Essential Skills

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    Rosh Chodesh Celebrates Biblical Leaders

    The Jewish month is the glue that hold so many of our celebrations here at IRDS. This is one of the reasons why we take the time to highlight them each year through a central theme during services. There are special blessings for Rosh Hodesh and Hallel that we recite, and at Ilan Ramon we also have our own special tradition of celebrating and honoring those students born during that Hebrew month.This fall, the theme we started the year with during our staff orientation was: “Establishing Meaning...  Read More...

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    Welcome Back!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing community.   Read More...

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    Chag Sameach - Passover at IRDS

    As we enter Shabbat and begin our Passover break, I wanted to wish everyone a peaceful and meaningful Passover holiday.  Attached you will find a short video showcasing the learning and celebration of Passover that has taken place here at school over the last few weeks.  Thank you to all of our ECE families and their guests who joined us for a seder this year, thank you to our 4th grade families for participating in our Kibbutz Seder, and thank you to all of our students who engaged in...  Read More...

  • A Shabbat Message

    It has been a wonderful week on campus, from the bright green hills, to the blooming flowers to the amazing migration of the painted lady butterflies. True signs that adversity can be overcome and nature and institutions come back stronger. As we welcome Shabbat this evening, we remember that yes, we went through difficult times as a school community after the fires, but we are strong, resilient and excited about what the future holds.   Read More...

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    Shabbat Shalom... Our ECE is happy to be home!

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