The Sinai Temple Cemetery Management Committee announced today that effective February 1, 2018, Mr. Howard Kaplan will join Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries as its new General Manager. For the past thirteen years, Mr. Kaplan served as Executive Director of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. He previously served ten years as Director of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple camp programs. Mr. Kaplan has also held key positions at Temple Aliyah and the Brandeis Bardin Institute.
During Mr. Kaplan’s tenure at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, he was instrumental in reviving its summer camp programs and from 2011-2015 he spearheaded the renovation and expansion of its historic Erica J. Glazer Family Campus. Mr. Kaplan’s experience managing one of the largest congregations in Los Angeles promises to be an asset as Mount Sinai continues to serve the entire Southern California Jewish community.
Mr. Kaplan will succeed Mr. Leonard (Len) Lawrence as General Manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries. After serving fifteen years with Mount Sinai, Mr. Lawrence is leaving to pursue new business opportunities. As General Manager, Mr. Lawrence has played a key role in strengthening Mount Sinai’s ties to the Los Angeles Jewish community and promoting the importance of Jewish funeral traditions. He was instrumental in the growing popularity of Mount Sinai’s park in Simi Valley.
Eric J. Diamond, Chairman of Sinai Temple’s Cemetery Management Committee remarked, “Since its inception in 1964, the General Manager position has been held by just three individuals, Ben Dwoskin 1964-1991, Arnold Saltzman 1991-2002 and Len Lawrence 2002-2017. We are excited to have Howard Kaplan join this group of esteemed professionals who have led Mount Sinai for nearly 60 years, and look forward to his continued leadership.”