Sinai Temple and Sinai Akiba Academy are proud to announce a generous $2 million gift from Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries (MSMP), bringing the school’s healthy endowment to $22 million. This gift is part of the School’s ongoing effort to attain a $50 million endowment, which would allow Sinai Akiba to fully fund the tuition assistance program, making the School more accessible to families throughout Los Angeles.
According to Eric J. Diamond, Chairman of Sinai Temple’s Cemetery Management Committee, “The members of the Committee recognize the paramount importance of educating Jewish children. This commitment continues a long tradition of major gift support by the men and women who have served on the committee over five decades.” With this gift, the Sinai Temple Cemetery Management Committee, which oversees MSMP, continues its long tradition of support for major projects at Sinai Temple and Sinai Akiba. According to Diamond, Mount Sinai is honored to participate, alongside Anna and Bill Tenenblatt, to make an investment in our School’s future.
Over the years, Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries has created measurable change throughout our community. This gift follows in MSMP’s rich history of giving, which includes a $1 million gift to the construction of the new school building in 2007 and a $1 million commitment to the renovation of the old school building in the early 2000s.
“The strength of Sinai Temple is the ability of all aspects of the community to support one another. This gift is merely the most recent expression of the longstanding commitment by the members of the Cemetery Management Committee,” shared Diamond, who is a past President of Sinai Temple (2011-2013).
When asked what motivated MSMP to make this gift, Diamond said, “We firmly believe that every Jewish organization has a responsibility to provide a bright future for our children. Our Jewish future runs through our schools, and Sinai Akiba is truly a leader in the field.” Diamond’s sons are fourth generation Temple members, a family tradition which started back in 1948 when the grandparents of Deborah, Diamond’s wife, became members of Sinai Temple.
“The Sinai mortuaries were created as a service to the community and support to our congregation. This magnificent gift to our School is in the best tradition of the Sinai family of Temple, School, and cemetery caring for our people at every stage of life,” said Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple.
This most recent commitment received by the School will be felt for many years to come. “Eric Diamond and the rest of the Park’s Board are committed to a strong Jewish future. Through this gift, they have made it possible for future Jewish leaders to benefit from the incredible programs Sinai Akiba offers,” said Dr. Sarah Shulkind, Sinai Akiba Head of School.
The Tenenblatts, also generous donors to the School’s endowment, encourage others to join MSMP in this campaign to support the School’s tuition assistance program. “It is our sincere hope that the Park’s gift will inspire others to make meaningful gifts to help secure the future of the Temple and the School,” they shared.
“Investing in future generations of Jewish children is paramount to our organizational mission. Thank you to Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries for joining the Tenenblatts in leading the way,” said Angela Maddahi, Sinai Temple President. “With this gift, Sinai Temple and Sinai Akiba continue their commitment to growing the School’s endowment, making our incredible School accessible to as many Jewish children as possible.”