Solomon Schechter School USDS Receives $4 Million Gift

Toronto, ON

USDS Receives $4 Million Gift in the name of Miriam and Larry Robbins to Support and Expand its Campuses and Continue its Delivery of Excellence in Conservative Jewish Education and Development of 21st Century Learners

United Synagogue Day School (USDS) is the recipient of a generous $4 million gift from Larry Robbins to honour the blessed memory of Miriam Robbins, his late wife. The gift will be allocated by the USDS Board of Directors across several initiatives including an Endowment Fund, key capital projects, and the continued expansion of the school’s presence on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, where classes will begin in September 2009.

Larry Robbins, a long-time supporter of Jewish education, feels a special affinity for USDS as his grandchildren and grandnephews attend USDS, with two having recently graduated. “My grandchildren have benefited from the amazing education, warm community and strong sense of tradition that is taught at USDS”, said Larry. “Jewish Education was very important to Miriam and I am thrilled to be able to invest in this school and its growth to ensure that more families continue to benefit from this great learning environment.” The gifting agreement was signed on May 1, marking the one year anniversary of Miriam’s passing.

In recognition of this significant gift, USDS will rename the school in honour of Miriam and Larry Robbins. The new name will be announced at a later date. “My maternal grandfather was a rabbi who for many years ran his own synagogue. My mother learned the importance of a Jewish education at an early age and was so proud that her grandchildren attended USDS,” said Monty. “My Father and I can now ensure that she is connected to the thousands of present and future Jewish children who will pass through the school’s doors and depart as highly-educated, students with a strong sense of Jewish tradition.”