Campus Expansion

The Gindi family name has been intimately involved with Maimonides (and before that, Sephardic Hebrew) Academy for over four decades. Rachel and Jack, ז”ל, Gindi, were founding members of Maimonides Academy in 1968, and since then have remained among its staunchest supporters. 

Rachel and Jack’s, ז”ל, philanthropic efforts reached a diverse variety of Jewish educational and service organizations throughout the United States and all the way to Israel.  Over the years they earned the reputation as one of our community’s most charitable couples. Above all, however, their greatest concern was for the success of Maimonides Academy.  It was thirty years ago that they single-handedly built our pre-school building. A few years later they donated the property on La Cienega Boulevard on which most of our new building now stands. Without a doubt, more than to any others, Maimonides owes its growth and achievements to Rachel and Jack, ז”ל, Gindi.

In grateful thanks and appreciation, on Sunday morning, February 8, 2015, we formally solidified our long-standing relationship with the Gindi family. From that day forward our school became known as Gindi Maimonides Academy.

Sol & Clara Kest, ז”ל, esteemed grandparents of Maimonides students, were renowned for their unwavering support of countless Torah institutions in Los Angeles, Israel and throughout the world.  They were among the pioneer builders of our Orthodox community and helped create the infrastructure of today’s Torah life in Los Angeles.  Their kindness and generosity was extended to private people as well as institutions and numerous individuals and families owe them their well-being and success in life.  They were also generous supporters of Maimonides Academy, making the first significant gift for our new building, long before the campaign started.

Mr. & Mrs. Kest truly personified the highest goals and ideals that we strive to inculcate into our children.  In recognition of their friendship and support, Gindi Maimonides Academy is proud to name its beautiful new edifice, the Sol & Clara Kest Family Building.