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Correspondence regarding Frank Sinatra's pledge for the construction of Congregation Ner Tamid's temple, 1983-1987




1983 to 1987


Correspondence and copies of bank checks fulfilling Frank Sinatra's pledge to the building fund of Congregation Ner Tamid in the 1980s.

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jhp000495. Gary Sternberg Papers, 1983-2015. MS-00717. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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The Reform Synagogue of Las Vegas 4412 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 Telephone: (702) 733-6292 March 28, 1983 Mickey Rudin 9601 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, California < Dear Mr. Rudin, The Board of Directors and members of Congregation Ner Tamid wish to extend our gratitude to Mr. Frank Sinatra for the generous pledge of 530,000 towards the building fund of our new Temple, a facility much needed and long overdue in the Las Vegas community. In early January of this year Mr. Jilly Rizzo informed me that the information regarding this pledge would be forwarded to you, and that the disbursement and conditions would be handled through your office. The Congregation and I are eager to hear from you regarding this matter. Your earliest response is deeply appreciated. Respectfully Yours, Gary Sternberg, Trustee Congregation Ner Tamid NATHAN GOLDEN A N A C C O U N T A N C Y C O R P O R A T I O N NATHAN GOLDEN, P.A. MICHAEL C GOLDBERG, C.P.A. A C C O U N T A N T S - B U S I N E S S M A N A G E M E N T AREA CODE 213 9 6 0 1 WI L SHIRE BOUL E V ARD, SUITE 5 0 8 T E L E P HON E 2 7 8 - 1 1 0 3 BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA 90210 May 2, 1983 Mr. Gary Sternberg Congregation Ner Tamid 4412 South Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 Dear Mr. Sternberg: Mr. Rudin has informed me that, as of this date, there was, indeed, a pledge made in the name of Mr. Frank Sinatra in the amount of $30,000.00. Accordingly, I am enclosing a check in the amount of $10,000.00 towards this pledge. We plan to make payments of $5,000.00 each year over the next four years. I believe this pledge 3r of Mr. Frank Sinatra. NG/pb Enclosure Congregation Ner Tamid The Reform Synagogue of Las Vegas 4412 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, ^09 May 6, 1983 Mr. Frank Sinatra c/o Mr. Nathan Golden, P.A. 9601 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 508 Beverly Hills, California. 90210 Dear Mr. Sinatra, Your most generous pledge of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) for the Building Fund of Congregation Ner Tamid is hereby acknowledged. We are, ind , Ciruly pleased at your recognition of and participation in the effort to construct a temple for Reform in Las Vegas. Mr. Golden, in his transmittal letter of the pledge and the accompanying ten thousand dollar ($10,000) check toward the pledge, indicated that he believed the pledge would include the naming of the lobby of the temple in your honor. I would appreciate confirmation of your wishes, so that there will be no question as to the mutual intent of the Congregation and yourself. I am looking forward to the construction of the facility and certainly hope that you will be able to participate with us in the dedication of the new edifice upon completion. Obviously your philanthropic concern has helped, in a substantial manner, to make this a reality. Sincerely, President T44h1e2 R Seofourtmh MSaynryalgaongdu Pea orkf wLaays, VLeagsa Vse gas, Nevada 89109 Telephone: (702) 733-6292 May 10, 1983 Mr. Joe Rizzo 3858 Remount Drive Las Vegas, Nevada 89121 Dear Mr. Rizzo, Gary Sternberg informed me of the significant and gracious role you played in obtaining such a generous contribution from Mr. Frank Sinatra - all done on behalf of a congregation and Tradition other than your own. But perhaps that's the ultimate purpose of our respective backgrounds and traditions: to enable each of us to open our hearts to others out of concern and respect for all G-d's children. Both you and Mr. Sinatra exemplify the highest ideals embodied in our shared Judeo-Christian heritage. On behalf of not only myself and Gary, but our entire congregation, I want to extend our thanks and best wishes for life, health, and happiness. God bless you. Sincerely, Rabbi Mel Hecht Gary Sternberg Trustee The Reform Synagogue of Las Vegas 4412 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 Telephone: (702) 733-6292 August 19, 1984 Mr. Jilly Rizzo 70940 Tamarisk Lane Rancho Mirage, California, 92270 Dear Mr. Rizzo: It has been brought to my attention that you have not been personally acknowledged for helping to obtain the generous donation to the building fund of Congregation Ner Tamid, from Mr. Frank Sinatra. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for this oversight. On behalf of The Board of Directors and congregants of Congregation Ner Tamid, I wish to thank you for your part in arranging for this gracious deed. We are fully aware that without your unselfish efforts this donation would not have been possible. I was very disappointed when I recently learned through your son Willy, that you were not made aware of the letters of gratitude sent by myself, our Temple's President, and our Rabbi, to Mr. Nathan Golden and to Mr. Joe Rizzo. Enclosed are 2 copies of these letters. It would give us great pleasure if you, Mr. Sinatra, and your families and friends would attend our Temple's dedication ceremonies to be held in the near future. You will be notified as to the date and time, as we look forward to your participation in the dedication of the Frank Sinatra Lobby. Needless to say, you are all welcome anytime it is convenient for you, to visit our new Temple and Moe Dalitz Religious School for a personal tour. Please contact me for such arrangements at 702-876-4848, or write Gary Sternberg 6785 Garden Grove Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada 89103. Thank you again for everything. Sincerely, Gary Sternberg, Trustee Congregation Ner Tamid NATHAN GOLDEN AN ACCOUNTANCY CORPORATION ACCOUNTANTS - BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 8501 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, SUITE 250 BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA 90211-3197 Mr. Gary Sternberg Congregation Ner Tamid 2761 Emerson Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89121 Dear Mr. Sternberg: On behalf of Mr. Frank Sinatra I am enclosing a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to-be applied to his pledge of $30,000.00. His pledge is now complete. (213) 855-0850 NATHAN GOLDEN, P.A. MICHAEL C. GOLDBERG, C.P.A. May 4, 1987 NG/ld encs. FRANK SINATRA C/0 NATHAN GOLDEN 8501 WILSHIRE BLVD? #250 BEVERLY HILLS? CA 90211 DATE 05-04-87 CHECK NO. 5 5 6 82 16-1606 CITY NATIONAL BANK 400 NO? ROXBURY DR. BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS EXACTLY PAY TO THE ORDER OF CONGREGATION NER TAMID 2761 EMERSON AVENUE LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89121 122016066 001-038121 H"0 5 5&a Ell" i: I 2 20 LE.OE.E.I: 00 ? 38 12 111- FRANK SINATRA DATE 05-04-87 VENDOR I N F O R M A T I O N FOR I N T E R N A L USE ONLY THE A T T A C H E D CHECK IS IN P A Y M E N T OF ITEMS DESCRIBED BELOW, IF NOT CORRECT PLEASE N O T I F Y US PROMPTLY. NO RECEIPT DESIRED. INV DATE INV# 05-01-87 5187 EMPLOYEE DESCRIPTION PLEDGE COMPLETED - MAY 1987 PAYMENT 5? 000?00 CODE DISTRIBUTION 5139-0001 5 v 000?00 TOTAL EARNINGS FED. INC. TAX F.I.C.A. STATE INC. TAX S.D.I. NET PAY DETACH A N D R E T A I N THIS STATEMENT