Los Angeles, CA – December 13, 2010 – The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced it has come to an agreement to sell the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills to New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) as the new home for the high school.
The agreement is subject to certain conditions. NCJHS will need to make certain improvements to the property and receive entitlements before it can use the property for the school, and assure that it can proceed with its plans.
The deal will establish NCJHS as the owner and primary occupant in the communal facility, which will also continue to be the home of The JCC at Milken. Currently, NCJHS rents space from Shomrei Torah synagogue in West Hills and presently uses the gymnasium at the campus.
“If the campus can accommodate NCJHS, we believe that the campus will be an exciting center of education and community activities that will serve the evolving needs of the Jewish community in the West Valley,” said Richard V. Sandler, Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Federation. “This is a win-win for NCJHS and the JCC at Milken, as well as the Federation. NCJHS will have a permanent home, which it has been seeking for a number of years. The JCC at Milken will be in a position to grow its membership as more Jewish children, teens and young families will be utilizing the space. Ultimately, the big winner is our overall Jewish community.”
According to Mike Greenfeld, President of the Board of Trustees for NCJHS, “A permanent home allows us to provide more programming and resources to our students and families. We’ll be able to enhance our art, music and science programs, as well as having on-site athletic facilities and an auditorium for dramatic productions and musical theater, all of which will enrich the academic experience for our students. Plus, the location allows us the ability to increase enrollment by attracting new audiences, as well as develop collaborative programming with the JCC and other communal organizations. Our students, families, staff and the entire NCJHS community couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Steven V. Rheuban, Chairman of the Board of The JCC at Milken, adds, “We see this as a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the quality and variety of our programs and to show our increasing importance to the NCJHS families and the overall community. This is another huge step in the ongoing revitalization of The JCC at Milken.”
Terms of the sale were not made public. However, the agreed upon price is deemed equitable by both parties and the sale will free up resources allowing The Jewish Federation to address communal needs.
The Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus currently houses The Jewish Federation’s Valley Alliance office, as well as several social service agencies, serving both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. These services will continue uninterrupted.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Based on Jewish values, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners.
New Community Jewish High School
The Mission of New Community Jewish High School is to raise up a new generation of Jewish leaders for whom Jewish values and tradition shape and guide their vision, and for whom knowledge creates possibilities for moral action, good character, and shalom. For more information, visit www.NCJHS.org.
The JCC at Milken
Our mission is to preserve and celebrate our Jewish heritage while simultaneously creating a new and vibrant kind of Jewish community by serving the physical, social, educational and spiritual needs of its members, the Jewish community and the community at large. For more information, visit www.JCCatMilken.org.