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Building From A Dream:
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In 1968, Akiba Academy opens its doors, becoming the first non-Orthodox Jewish Day School in the West Coast. Slow and steady improvements allowed the school to grow organically with overwhelming support from the Los Angeles Jewish community.
Lay Leaders Herschel and Miriam Elkins mail postcards inviting the Jewish community to discuss whether to open what would be at the time the first non-Orthodox Jewish day school in Los Angeles. They are instantly flooded with support, and 40 couples attend the very first gathering.
Akiba Academy is established with an initial contribution of $1,010.
Founding Rabbis: Rabbi Joseph Wagner, Rabbi Jacob Pressman, Rabbi Edward Tenenbaum, Rabbi Hillel Silverman.
Dr. Walter Ackerman becomes Founding Educational Director.
Akiba appoints its first headmaster, Rabbi Elliot Spiegel, who will lead the School until 1975.
Legendary comedian Don Rickles hosts fundraisers for Akiba Academy in prestigious venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Joining him are screen luminaries such as Red Buttons, Bob Newhart, Jack Carter, and Carroll O’Connor.
Akiba receives accreditation from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and graduates its very first class.
Nahum Lainer becomes Board Chair, deepening the Lainer family’s long-standing leadership in the School and the Temple.
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