Part 17 in a Series
Immediately after publication of my article of October 15, 2014 regarding the name “Shenker Academy,” I was subjected to intense and very sophisticated cyber attacks. Efforts were made to shut down computers used for research related to these articles. More or less at the same time, I was contacted with threats of lawsuits by representatives of the Temple Sinai and the Shenker Academy. After several days I received an indirect email from Ms. Julie Littman, president of Temple Sinai, in which her protests were expressed. In this message, the following statement was made: “Temple Sinai, which was formed in 2007, purchased the Shenker Academy from Temple Beth Am, therefore had nothing to do with the naming or the funds used to construct Shenker Academy.”
According to the Nevada Secretary of State online data records, Temple Sinai was formed in 1992 as Adat Ari El. This group came about as a consequence of philosophical differences with a “parent” organization doing business as Temple Beth Am. Gary Golbart was a Las Vegas Strip entertainer and member of Temple Beth Am. He wanted to become a
certified cantor for Temple Beth Am, and eventually did so. Rabbi Ben Hecht of Temple Beth Am sponsored his scholarship and presence in services held at least until that serious rift that resulted in Adat Ari El being formed and a few of the congregants to Temple Beth Am splitting to form a second congregation; its Articles of Incorporation, C4234-1992-001 filed 04/24/1992, 16 pages. Adat Ari El went on to join national organization of reformed Judaism congregations.
Littman also wrote: “Reference was made to Nevada Senior Services, which was an entity owned by Temple Beth Am and purchased by Temple Sinai. This entity was sold to Nevada Senior Services, Inc. back a few years ago.”
Temple Beth Am Inc. appears to have never existed as a legal person in Nevada. Since 1984, if it is true that its current legal name, Nevada Senior Services, is a continuation of the same organization, this raises the question of how this non-existent entity could have owned property and sold the same to Nevada Senior Services, which in turn sold property to Temple Sinai Las Vegas. Temple Beth Am would have had to exist as a legal person separate from Nevada Senior Services in order for Littman to be correct. Nevada Secretary of State online information reveals that Document Number 20070712652-32 filed on October 17, 2007 was for a name reservation, “Temple Beth Am, Inc.”
Prior to that no such legal entity existed, and a name reservation does not equate to a legal person.
Temple Beth Am, or the persons doing business as Temple Beth Am, did operate an adult day care center and a child care center. In approximately 2002, a $30,000 grant was obtained from public sector funds to construct permanent bathrooms at the premises used for the adult day care center at 9001 Hillpointe Road in Summerlin.
Per document number 20060726:01082 dated August 4, 2006, at the request of First American Title Company of Nevada, a property at 901 North Jones was conveyed to “Temple Beth Am, Inc. a Nevada corporation.” There had not been a corporation by that name, nor is one found by the name “Temple Beth Am Land Trust” registered in Nevada. Yet, the nonprofit organization “Operation Opportunities, Inc.” was able to convey this property and two others to an
organization, Temple Beth Am Land Trust, that does not seem to have
existed in Nevada.
On the 28th day of November 2007 this property was deeded to Nevada Senior Services per instructions of Max Spilka and Lawrence Copeland… “This deed is being recorded to reflect the name change from Temple Beth Am, Inc. to Nevada Senior Services, Inc. Nevada Senior Services, Inc. now owns all that real property…”
An article published in the Register Journal of July 25, 2014 refers to Temple Sinai as being a seven-year-old synagogue. This is contradicted by the Nevada Secretary of State online resource that dates the Articles of Incorporation to 1992. In its article the RJ asserts in reference to a $75,000 grant for security measures at
Temple Sinai, “Temple Sinai, which applied for the funding through the state, was the only recipient in Nevada.” That is, among all eligible religious organizations in Nevada, only Temple Sinai was awarded a grant under the program allocating $1,000,000 for extra security at religious facilities deemed a “high risk” for terrorist attacks.
Another complaint by Littman is put this way: “My biggest issue with this article is so many false statements that could have been spoken about if the author had just asked the other side of the story.”
Temple Sinai was given an opportunity to be specific in citing sentences that contain inaccurate information. No specific statements are offered to refute the accuracy of any passages in the previous article. For example, no explanation is offered for how Shenker Academy obtained its name, and why. The school was known as “TempleBeth Am Day Care and Kindergarten” after its formation, although the Shenker Academy lists its year of origin as 1997.
The point made earlier is a simple one: before naming a child care center, or retaining a prior name of a purchased organization if this is indeed the case, management is best served by vetting the reputation of its namesake. Further, Arthur Shenker is personally known to many of the members of Temple Sinai, although present management might not know Shenker as a member of its congregation.
Reference has been made to Arthur Shenker and perhaps Patricia Shenker as persons instrumental in its naming, and this has been a matter of pride for Arthur Shenker. Temple Sinai president Littman wrote: “Giving any reference between Arthur Shenker and Temple Sinai is erroneous and misleading and slanderous.” We are asked to believe that Temple Sinai has no knowledge of how or why Shenker Academy is so named, and that the school it claims to have purchased from “Temple Beth Am, Inc.” is reputable beyond question.
Thomas A. Nagy is the author of Cannabis Consumer Handbook available at Amazon.com, and the blog ReGeneration at blogspot.com. Email direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org.