Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Senior Rabbi, Sinai Temple 

What we treasure we must transmit: our sacred task is to hand on our heritage to the generations that will follow.
Sinai Akiba has been building an endowment for over 25 years thanks to the vision of our leadership and the generosity of many families.  Sinai Akiba’s Endowment, now valued at over $30 million, provides both immediate and long-term benefits to the school.  An endowment gift today, or a legacy gift in the future, makes a powerful statement reflecting your family’s values.  Sinai Akiba’s endowment ensures that our treasured school and the gift of Jewish education will always be there for generations to come.

While the Sinai Akiba Fund supports the yearly operating budget, the Sinai Akiba Endowment is invested to preserve and grow the principal for years to come. The interest earned from the invested funds enriches both the academic program and our tuition assistance offerings.  As the principal grows, the yearly support also increases providing an additional and sustainable revenue stream in perpetuity.

To learn more about Sinai Akiba’s Endowment, please contact Janet Rosenblum at (310) 481-3285 or at

Ways to Give

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  • What are the different ways to make an Endowment Gift?

    There are a variety of ways to make a gift to Sinai Akiba’s Endowment.  Some of the most popular options include:

    Cash gifts or securities (stocks and bonds) may be given in a single sum or paid over a multi-year installment plan.  Donations of appreciated stocks will eliminate paying taxes on the gains.

    A simple but powerful way to make a gift is to name Sinai Akiba Academy in your estate plan.  You can leave a specific monetary sum, or a percentage of your estate to SAA.  If you have already named Sinai Akiba in your will, please let us know, or if you need sample language of a codicil to state your intentions, please contact us.

    Gifts of Retirement Funds 
    Retirement plans offer another simple opportunity for investing in Sinai Akiba’s future.  If retirement assets remain in your estate, your heirs may have to pay unnecessary income and estate taxes. By naming Sinai Akiba as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, the amount passing to SAA will not be subject to income or estate tax.

    Life Insurance
    An outright gift of a paid life insurance policy makes an excellent charitable donation.  You can name Sinai Akiba the beneficiary of an existing policy, or take out a new policy with Sinai Akiba as the owner and beneficiary.

    Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)
    Charitable remainder trusts are individual trusts that can be funded with appreciated property.  Remainder annuity trusts distribute a fixed dollar amount of income, and remainder unitrusts distribute a variable amount either for a set term of years or for the lifetimes of the beneficiaries.
    Sinai Akiba then receives the remainder of the trust assets. Possible advantages include:
    • Annual income for you and/or other beneficiaries
    • An immediate charitable deduction
    • Elimination of capital gains tax on appreciated stocks
    • Estate tax savings
    • Freedom from the burden of managing the property you put in the trust
  • What is a Named Endowment fund?

    Over the years, visionary donors have supported different educational programs with directed endowment gifts such as Pam and George z”l Smith, who provided the funding to begin Sinai Akiba’s renowned Learning Support program so their daughter Rebecca z”l could attend SAA.  Today, our program has a staff of seven professionals and ensures differentiated learning for our students in additional to other support services.  Other families have generously donated funds to our tuition assistance program to ensure Jewish education remains accessible to the community. A named endowment typically starts at $50,000 or more.

    We thank the following families for their ongoing investment in Sinai Akiba through the following Endowed Funds:
    • Ezra Scholarship Fund
    • Financial Aid for Alumni Children Endowment
    • Joel Goldman Scholarship Fund
    • Sally Gunter Curriculum Grant Fund
    • Hedy z’l and Ted z’l Orden Endowment Fund
    • Kianmahd Scholarship Fund
    • Liggett Family Teachers Endowment Fund
    • Betty Matoff Scholarship Fund
    • Helen Molitz Middle School Endowment Fund
    • Alice and Nahum Lainer Scholarship Endowment Fund
    • Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin Endowment Fund
    • Shafai Family Endowment
    • Pam and George Smith Resource Center Endowment Fund
    • Bee and Sam Smotrich Scholarship Fund
    • Spiwak Scholarship Fund in Memory of Sarah Baran
    • Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort Endowment Fund
    • Tenenblatt Family Education Fund
    • Bryna Vener Orchestra Fund
    • Ethel Weinberg-Jacob Weiss Fund for Jewish Education
  • What is the Generations Endowment?

    Beginning in 2011, and in partnership with the BJE (Builders of Jewish Education), PEJE (Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education) and the AVI CHAI Foundation, Sinai Akiba was was selected to participate in this national program known as Generations and worked together with an initial cohort of seven LA day schools in a three-year intensive endowment building effort. The objective was to help day schools nationwide build their endowments and plan for a sustainable future.  The LA program served as a model for day schools across the country and Sinai Akiba enjoyed much success through this program, leading the way in Los Angeles, and was among the very top day schools nationwide.   The Generations initiative helped to grow the school’s endowment from $8.2 million in 2011, to the $30 million we have invested today.  Over 40 gifts were generously made to the Generations endowment, and we continue to welcome your participation so that we can continue to grow and meet the financial needs of our families.
  • How Will My Gift Be Recognized?

    We recognize our endowment donors in a variety of different ways:
    • Special recognition in our yearly Annual Report and other materials.
    • Recognition on the Generations donor wall that is prominently displayed in the foyer of the SAA Administrative offices.  All new donors will be added.
    • Named endowment donors receive a yearly statement reflecting the current value of their endowment fund and the amount donated to the educational program supported by their fund. 
    • An invitation to the Head of School’s leadership dinner held in the Spring.
    • Invitations to other distinctive events and insider reports regarding Sinai Akiba.
    • Fulfillment of your philanthropic goals.
  • How is the Sinai Akiba Endowment Managed?

    The Sinai Akiba Investment Committee oversees the endowment and the funds are managed by JP Morgan. The committee meets several times a year to review the investment strategy and asset allocation with representatives from JP Morgan.

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About Day School Endowments

In January 2021, Prizmah fielded a pulse survey that sought to provide a profile of Jewish day school development in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years and understand the effects of the COVID pandemic on Jewish day school fundraising. The survey had 112 respondents.

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About Sinai Akiba Academy

Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center. A Sinai Temple school.

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy As to Students

Sinai Akiba Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.