Devel­oper gives $15 mil­lion to Her­zliah en­dow­ment

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For­mer prom­i­nent Que­bec real es­tate devel­oper Syl­van Adams has do­nated $15 mil­lion to Her­zliah High School for the es­tab­lish­ment of an en­dow­ment. The school says it is the largest en­dow­ment cre­ated for one in­sti­tu­tion in the his­tory of the Mon­treal Jewish com­mu­nity.

“I be­lieve that the Jewish high school ex­pe­ri­ence is cru­cial to en­sure Jewish con­ti­nu­ity in our youth,” Adams, who made aliyah late last year, said in a Nov. 17 state­ment an­nounc­ing the do­na­tion. “If our new Her­zliah High School is the best school out there, it will be the easy and nat­u­ral first choice of stu­dents.”

A new Her­zliah is presently un­der con­struc­tion next to the Syl­van Adams YMYWHA. The Y was re­cently re­named in recog­ni­tion of a large do­na­tion Adams made to it.

The new school is a $50-mil­lion project, in­clud­ing a goal of estab­lish­ing a $20-mil­lion en­dow­ment. The Azrieli Foun­da­tion con­trib­uted $15 mil­lion to the con­struc­tion, and Her­zliah and its ele­men­tary wing, Tal­mud To­rah, are now of­fi­cially called “Les Ecoles Azrieli Schools.”

We want stu­dents and their families to as­pire to at­tend Her­zliah as the best high school in Mon­treal.

The new Her­zliah is sched­uled to open dur­ing the 2017-2018 school year. It will be called the Syl­van Adams Cam­pus. Her­zliah is cur­rently lo­cated on St. Kevin Av­enue.

The school said the en­dow­ment will en­able it to en­hance all as­pects of its pro­gram­ming, not just aca­demics, but also phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sports, and the arts.

“When choos­ing where to at­tend high school, we want stu­dents and their families to as­pire to at­tend Her­zliah as the best high school in Mon­treal,” said Adams. “Note that I didn’t say best ‘Jewish’ high school. This in­vest­ment will af­ford Her­zliah the tools to be that school, the one that Jewish families will choose in pref­er­ence to all oth­ers, Jewish or oth­er­wise.”

Her­zliah presently has an en­rol­ment of about 450 stu­dents. The new build­ing will be able to ac­com­mo­date 550.

Adams was one of the found­ing donors

Syl­van Adams

to Fed­er­a­tion CJA’S Gen­er­a­tions Fund, which was es­tab­lished to en­sure the com­mu­nity has the abil­ity to main­tain its in­sti­tu­tions well into the fu­ture, es­pe­cially in Jewish ed­u­ca­tion.

Her­zliah head of school Larry Kut­ler said called Adams’ gift “trans­for­ma­tional.”

“Funds from this en­dow­ment will en­sure that Her­zliah will proudly take its place at the fore­front of pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion in Mon­treal.”

Ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ing of the new Syl­van Adams cam­pus

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