West Hills, CA – December 13, 2010 – In a historic move, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has agreed to sell the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus located at 22622 Vanowen Street in West Hills to NCJHS. There are various conditions that need to be fulfilled before the transaction is complete, but we are optimistic that everything will be accomplished, including the making of significant building modifications and renovations over the next few years, to enable our final move to our new home.
Moving to the Bernard Milken Campus will allow NCJHS to expand our already stellar academic curriculum and programs. The campus, which is aesthetically pleasing and expansive, will allow us to host academic seminars, sports competitions, arts festivals and community events. The facility already has an auditorium that we will use for our rich visual and performing arts department; a modern gymnasium and recently renovated pool; “hanging out” space for students; and a library. We plan to improve the campus even further, by building state-of-the-art classrooms and a new faculty center to facilitate our “one-mind-at-a-time” approach to education.
This transaction is the result of three community organizations – The Jewish Federation, NCJHS, and The JCC at Milken – collaborating in a quest to strengthen the Jewish community. As part of The Jewish Federation’s core mission of Ensuring the Jewish Future, the sale of this property emphasizes the Federation’s commitment to Jewish Education and allows it to devote precious resources to other pressing community needs.
The JCC at Milken will remain on the campus. We are working with the JCC to explore opportunities for collaboration and program expansion to better serve the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. Our students are already members of the JCC. We hope that NCJHS families will also benefit from JCC programming.
This historic transaction is the culmination of the dream of NCJHS leadership since we opened our school in 2002, and even before. We are deeply grateful to the many individuals whose vision and tireless efforts helped bring about this result. We are also grateful to our friends at Shomrei Torah Synagogue, who welcomed us as guests to their home and helped us build our school.
We are about to embark on a thrilling journey. We are honored to share this news with you and look forward to continuing the mission of New Community Jewish High School to educate “A+ human beings” and develop a new generation of Jewish leaders.