“What we treasure we must transmit; our sacred task is to hand on our heritage to the generations that follow.” — Rabbi David Wolpe
The Lainers’ momentous endowment gift to our School will ensure that more Jewish families have access to the exceptional education our School provides, and it will ensure that we can substantially invest in growing our faculty, our programs, and our facilities. The Alice and Nahum Lainer gift will provide further financial stability and flexibility to meet the challenges and opportunities in the near and distant future.
Alice and Nahum Lainer are longtime leaders, visionaries, and lifelong advocates for Jewish Education.
“The existence of the Jewish people will be extended as long as the Jewish people study and learn. Jewish education is the reason that the Jewish faith still exists” said Simha Lainer, Nahum’s father, in a 2003 Jewish Journal interview.
As leading philanthropists in the community, the Lainers hold Sinai Akiba close to their hearts. “We inherited our passion for education from our parents,” the Lainers said.
In the founding years in what was then Akiba Academy, Nahum served as the School’s fourth board chair and was deeply involved in the business and financial structure of the School. He was also instrumental in hiring our past two Head of Schools. To this day, Alice and Nahum continue to serve on committees and work tirelessly for the Lainer School community.
The Lainers have been important contributors in almost every initiative at Sinai Akiba including: making the lead gift in the 2008 Centennial/Middle School Renovation Campaign by naming the Alice and Nahum Lainer Learning Center; making the lead gift in the Generations Endowment Campaign; and making the 2015 matching gift for the coveted J-STEAM Program.
Alice and Nahum are proud members of our alumni parent and grandparent communities. All three of their children—Gary, Leslie and Nancy—attended Sinai Akiba. Notably, Gary Lainer is our current board chair, and he has led the School in creating its first strategic financial plan. Two of Alice and Nahum’s grandchildren, Sophie and Samuel, are Sinai Akiba alumni and their youngest grandchild, Daniel, currently attends Lainer School in third grade.