Posts by SINAI Staff

Linked In: Teaching the Shoah to Children with Special Needs

Sometimes, an individual can have a tremendous impact on the collective strength of his or her community. This was demonstrated recently at SINAI Schools at RYNJ, when Erika Sauerhoff, a child Holocaust survivor, spoke to SINAI’s middle school students about her experiences and reflections pertaining to the Holocaust. One of the teachers at SINAI at RYNJ is a fellow congregant of Sauerhoff’s at Congregation Adath Israel in Hillside. She seized the opportunity and recruited Erika to address her students as part of their observance of Yom HaShoah.

SINAI Bear Givers Art Show Inspires

On Tuesday May 1, SINAI students, friends and family gathered at The Avenue in Teaneck for the sixth annual Unique Inspirations Art Show sponsored by BearGivers. BearGivers is a nonprofit organization led by Chairman and Founder Joseph Sprung and President Diane Lempert, dedicated to creating an environment where children who face challenges are empowered to bring happiness to others through acts of generosity and giving.

Leadership By Design: SINAI Director Jordan Silvestri challenges Yeshivat HaKotel students to reflect on what makes a great leader

As part of SINAI's year-long Core Leadership program partnership with Yeshivat HaKotel, I was recently privileged to present a webinar for the HaKotel students in Israel on leadership. We discussed four key elements of leadership for the students to incorporate into their educational lexicon: Being Personal, Having Self-Awareness, and being Selfless and Compassionate. These elements are some of the key ideas that make up effective leaders, and the leadership core of SINAI Schools. 

"Prayers from my Heart" Really Came from Three Hearts

When I was a younger man, and the father of a small child with special needs, I found that there were certain prayers that I said with more “kavanah” – deeper intention and feeling.   

One of those prayers was “Birkat Hachodesh,” the prayer said on the Sabbath before the beginning of each new month, in which we ask God that the upcoming month should bring blessings -- and all good things.    

SINAI Girls Participate in MakerXPO 2017

The 2016-17 SINAI School year has come to an end. During this past year we have witnessed many great achievements by our students and recognized the undeniable dedication of our teachers. We are also extremely grateful to our partner schools who have gone above and beyond to include our students in every aspect of their communities

One particular event stands out...

Our SINAI students’ participation in the I.D.E.A. Schools MakerXPO at
the New York Hilton in May.

Baruch Dayan Emet

With profound sorrow we mourn the sudden passing of Mr. Jacob Weinstein, beloved Associate Director of SINAI at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy.

His deep love for and dedication to each individual student was unparalleled and his warm, encouraging smile unmatched.  

May the Weinstein family be comforted among the mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim.

Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean                     Ms. Judi Karp, Associate Dean    

Aura Lurie Named as Director of SINAI at SAR Academy

It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of our new Director of SINAI at SAR Academy, Ms. Aura Lurie.  We will open our doors at SAR Academy in the fall of 2018, giving Ms. Lurie a full year to plan, prepare, and build a team. 

Five Amazing Ways Music Therapy Can Help Children with Special Needs

Music therapy is a highly effective evidenced-based tool in the treatment of children and adolescents with special needs.  SINAI’s own board certified music therapist, Erika Svolos, shares five ways she sees Music Therapy support and help our SINAI students each day.

Babe Ruth, by SINAI Shalem High School students at Heichal HaTorah

As part of our Therapeutic Drama class at SINAI’s Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah, the students created a short play about Babe Ruth.  Not only did they learn about the history of Babe Ruth, but they also focused on reading and speaking clearly, social skills, drama, and they were introduced to video editing.  A lot of work was involved in this project and we are very proud of their efforts.  We look forward to additional performances by our SINAI students!