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Arnold Zar-Kessler

The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus (AEC) is pleased to announce Arnold Zar-Kessler as its new Interim Head of School for the 2020-20201 school year. Based out of Boston, Mr. Zar-Kessler will take the reins virtually for the Las Vegas located Jewish day school, which reopened August 12 for in-person learning.


Mr. Zar-Kessler comes to AEC with many successful years as an educator in both the Jewish and general communities.  He served for 14 years as the Head of School at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston which regularly enrolled some 500 students from Preschool through grade eight.  Prior to becoming the Head of School, Mr. Zar-Kessler served there as the Upper School Director for seven years.  He also taught and was the chair of the science department for 10 years at the Franklin County Technical School in Turner Falls, MA. Mr. Zar-Kessler brings the enthusiasm and vision to transition AEC to its next level of excellence.


“We look forward to Mr. Zar-Kessler joining AEC with great enthusiasm.  Beyond his substantial professional credentials, Mr. Zar-Kessler also impressed us as a man blessed with abundant energy and enthusiasm, coupled with a warm and accessible personal style.  I am sure AEC will benefit greatly from his leadership.” States the AEC Board of Trustees.


“I am thrilled to be joining The Adelson Educational Campus at this time providing stability and guidance as we navigate through a global pandemic,” says Zar-Kessler, who being from Boston, is familiar with Mr. Adelson’s local foundations to support medical research and Jewish charities and causes.


“While I recognize the complexities of helping lead a school from such a long distance to start the academic year, I feel very, very fortunate to have the support of such a wonderful administrative team, staff, Board and parents at AEC.  Coupled with terrific colleagues in Boston who are ready to share their insights about leading schools in the COVID times, I feel ready to take on this important challenge on behalf of this great, great Las Vegas school,” he adds.


Mr. Zar-Kessler received his B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois and his Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts.  He then spent two years studying Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, followed by four years at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.


The Adelson Educational Campus (or “AEC”) is an independent Jewish day school serving 485 students, ages 18 months through grade 12. Adelson is a community Jewish day school, welcoming students and families of all levels of Jewish observance. Adelson combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practices in a rigorous yet nurturing learning environment. The school is dedicated to fostering an excellent education; a commitment to Israel and Judaism; a nurturing, drug-free environment; and a sense of community.


With the guidance of Dr. Miriam Adelson, a leading physician and expert

in drug addiction, AEC has a drug-free policy for its students and faculty. Throughout the school year, all High School students, faculty and administrators consent to random drug testing. AEC focuses on drug education and preventative programming to ensure its students understand how to make informed decisions, which lead to a healthy future.


AEC is justifiably proud of its Startup Incubator, a state-of-the-art technology lab inspiring innovation and creativity. This 5,000-square foot workshop features a coding lab, digital media studio, maker space and fabrication lab, which includes 2D/3D printers, a laser cutter, chroma key wall, and digital cameras. From weekly coding and maker classes in the Lower School to Upper School core and elective courses, the Incubator provides students with a range of amazing opportunities.


AEC also hosts young Israeli ambassadors in the Shinshin Program (Israeli high school graduates who spend a gap year at AEC before commencing their military service in Israel). The program is valuable in helping to bring Israel closer to AEC students, while fostering cross-cultural understanding.