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A New Era
Growing From Success:
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A new name, a new headmaster, and a renewed commitment to excellence in Jewish education is felt throughout the School as a new era approaches. With added innovative programing, Sinai Akiba quickly becomes a pioneer and an example of best practices.
Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin begins his impactful tenure as Headmaster. He will help lead the Akiba community through an exciting and dynamic chapter of its history, all the way until 2012.
Akiba Academy Orchestra forms under the direction of Bryna Vener.
As it turns 13-years-old, Akiba Academy becomes a bar mitzvah and expands to include 7th and 8th Grades.
Sinai Temple completes construction of Krauss Pavilion, including the fourth floor classrooms, gymnasium and patio.
Tal Selah pilot program is implemented into the Judaic studies curriculum making Akiba Academy the first school on the West Coast to give students the opportunity to learn Hebrew through interactive technology.
Sinai Akiba Academy merges with Sinai Temple and gets its new name: Sinai Akiba Academy.
Blumenthal Library implements personal computers.
Sinai Akiba Academy computer lab is opened with 10 Macintosh Desktops for student use. Lab is made possible through funds provided by the PTA and Sinai Temple Sisterhood.
The George and Pam Smith Resource Center is opened to provide educational support for children with learning differences.
The Solomon Schechter Day School Association calls Sinai Akiba Academy “an exemplary school, comparable to day schools on the East Coast,” and “one of the finest schools on the West Coast.”
Sinai Akiba Academy Orchestra tours Israel and performs for dignitaries such as the former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak and Mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek.
Akiba Academy’s 8th Grade math class wins the National Contest for Excellence in Math Award.
As newcomers to the San Fernando Valley Sports Leagues, Sinai Akiba Academy’s sports program wins five championships!
Sinai Akiba Academy is awarded the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for the School’s outstanding achievements, originality, and quality of programming in Judaic Studies.
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