Head of School

August 12, 2019


Sinai Akiba Academy (www.sinaiakiba.org) serves 575 students Preschool through Grade 8. Located in West Los Angeles, Sinai Akiba recently celebrated its 50th year anniversary. Established in 1968 as Akiba Academy through significant support from the Los Angeles Jewish community, the school was the first non-Orthodox Jewish Day School on the West Coast. During the 1974-75 school year, the school achieved accreditation through the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and graduated its first class. In the mid-1980s, the school merged with Sinai Temple and became Sinai Akiba Academy. After bringing the Temple’s Early Childhood Center under the umbrella of Sinai Akiba Academy in 2016, today’s school educates students beginning with 2-year-olds through Grade 8 and offers programming for parents and younger children through its Parenting Center.

Students, parents, and faculty all point to the community as the school’s most significant strength. The school enrolls students from 33 zip codes and families hail from 21 countries, resulting in a dynamically diverse community that is united in nurturing Jewish values and intellectual curiosity. The school has always highly valued academic excellence, achieved through strong general and Judaic studies. The school’s close association with the Temple enriches the school community in numerous ways. David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe has been named The Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek, and one of The 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post. The Rabbis and Cantor teach in each division and support families in numerous ways. The Head of School and administrators can regularly tap the expertise and support of the Temple clergy.

In recent years, under the leadership of Head of School Dr. Sarah Shulkind, the academic program has been invigorated through a commitment to today’s best teaching practices, including a strong J-STEAM program (which incorporates Judaica) and additional hands-on learning experiences. With a Judaic Studies curriculum that nurtures and encourages critical thinking skills and graduates students proficient in Hebrew, parents recognize their children are receiving a top-notch academic education in a community infused with Jewish values.

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