Howard Kaplan was born in Boyle Heights and grew up three blocks from the entrance to Griffith Park in Los Feliz. At the time, he could not have imagined that one day he would serve as General Manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, the largest Jewish cemetery organization in California, located just minutes from his childhood home.
Howard joined Mount Sinai as its General Manager on February 1, 2018. Before joining Mount Sinai, Howard served as Executive Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 13 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director he spent ten years as Director of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps and Conference Center and also held key positions at Temple Aliyah and the Brandeis Bardin Institute.
Joe Henson has been serving families at Mount Sinai since 1998, and in 2019 was promoted to Director of Funeral Operations where he oversees Mount Sinai’s Memorial Counseling, Family Service and Mortuary Departments. As a compassionate and detail-oriented representative of the funeral service profession, one of Joe’s top priorities is to ensure that all loved ones in Mount Sinai’s care be treated with respect, sanctity and honor.
During his 20+years at Mount Sinai, Joe has worked in the mortuary preparation room as a swing shift leader (1998-2000), as a member of the inaugural core team at our Simi Valley location (2000-2007) and as the Mortuary Department Manager from 2007-2019. Joe also holds a Funeral Directors and Embalmers license.
Funeral Director License No. FDR 4222
Assistant Director of Funeral Services
800-600-0076 ext. 364
Eric Shani joined the Mount Sinai family as Memorial Counseling Manager in December 2017. After spending most of his career in the hospitality industry, Eric was excited to make this significant career transition to Mount Sinai where his time is spent providing personal support to families and assisting members of the Los Angeles Jewish community each day.
A Los Angeles native, Eric grew up in the mid-Wilshire / Hancock Park section of the city. He received his BA in Theater Arts from California State University Los Angeles and continues to stay active in the art community. In his spare time, Eric enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his wife Jessica and their two daughters.
Kimber (Anapoell) Sax grew up in San Gabriel Valley but has lived on both the East & West Coasts and attended law school in the Midwest.
Having always enjoyed working within the Jewish community, Kimber served as the General Manager of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles for 2 years and the COO for 8 years. She is also actively involved in B’Yachad Hadassah, JWI/Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project and looking forward to her next trip to Israel.
Kimber is the proud parent of three children and especially proud of being the granddaughter of the Pretzel King and Queen of New York!
Stephany Morris-Nelson joined the Mount Sinai team as Human Resources Manager in August 2018 after more than a decade handling HR for numerous nonprofit and for-profit companies including Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) and Center for Autism and Related Disorders LLC (CARD), University of Southern California (USC) and Catholic Charities and Center for Community and Family Services.
A Culver City native, Stephany was raised and currently resides near Pasadena. She attended the University of Arizona, received her Human Resources Management Certification from USC and is in the process of completing her Management Certification from Los Angeles Valley College.
Stephany is married and is the proud parent of three adult children.
David Jacobs joined Mount Sinai in 2017. He received his Master's degree in Information Technology Management from Brandeis University. David brings a background in client-focused technology project management, consulting, and solution architecture. He has centered his experience around nonprofit organizations that aim to serve their communities, ranging from working within organizations, to consulting on their behalf, to working for a software company specializing in systems for nonprofits.
At Mount Sinai Parks where serving families is our mission, David's team works to continuously develop and improve the systems and technology to further that purpose.