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By SINAI Schools on Mar 18, 2019
SINAI at SAR students proudly celebrated a Siddur Presentation ceremony. Whether students were receiving a siddur for the first time or not, all of them joined in the celebration.   Some students gave short speeches which included an idea from the tefillah unit that we have been studying with Morah Zahava Wapner. We explained the many stages that went into creating our siddur cover. We also reviewed concepts that formed the basis of the three tefillot a day which were created by the Avot, and are parallel to the korbanot given in the Beit Hamikdash.  Mr. Glazer, SAR Music...
By Sara Kosowsky Gross on Mar 15, 2019
Most students go to school, graduate and get a job. But it’s not always that simple. As we heard in the weeks leading up to the SINAI dinner, some students need extra assistance. Enter SINAI Schools and Friendship Circle of Bergen County. Together, they have expanded SINAI’s vocational training into a practical program to help prepare students for life. Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, dean of SINAI Schools, told The Jewish Link, “SINAI is blessed to have many partners in the community who open the doors of their businesses and organizations to our students. When our students have the...
By The Jewish Standard on Mar 7, 2019
Nearly 1,000 guests were at the Sinai Schools’ annual benefit on February 24 at the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck. Sinai honored Dr. Robert and Shari Alter of Englewood, Dr. Bin and Penina Goldman of Passaic, and Rabbi Michael and Ayelet Hoenig of Fair Lawn; each of the honorees has helped to raise awareness of Sinai and acted as ambassadors for the school. Gilles Gade, the president and CEO of Cross River, accepted Sinai’s 2019 Community Partnership award on behalf of his company. Sinai Schools has gained recognition in recent years for the award-winning short documentaries it...
By Aryeh Mack, student at SINAI at Heichal HaTorah on Mar 7, 2019
SINAI Schools has had such a strong impact on my life, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. I started SINAI when I was in first grade at Yavneh Academy, and transferred to RYNJ in third grade. I had some difficulty but then I moved to SINAI at Kushner, which is where my SINAI story really begins. When I started at Kushner I was a huge troublemaker, as many kids that age are. I was not a serious student and left class a lot. Then Jake Weinstein, z”l, one of the SINAI teachers, helped me enter the world of cooking. I took it seriously and he even got me a job in the school...
By Aryeh Mack, student at SINAI at Heichal HaTorah on Feb 27, 2019
About three years ago, I started thinking about Birthright. I found the website for Taglit-Birthright Israel, also known as Birthright Israel or simply Birthright, a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free 10-day heritage trips to Israel for young Jewish adults, ages 18 to 32. Once I turned 18, I did a little more research and found that Yachad, an organization for people with special needs, sponsors these trips together with Birthright. I immediately signed up. On the day that I was leaving my sister got engaged, so it was crazy in my house. I was happy and at the same...
By Dena Mayerfeld for The Jewish Link on Feb 21, 2019
Ready for camping! Enter for excitement! Intelligent! Really Excellent and Incredibly Interesting and Intriguing! These were just some of the sentiments generated by my students about our January 15 trip to the REI store on Forest Avenue, about a ten minute drive from SINAI at RYNJ. REI—Recreational Equipment Inc.—sells high-end camping gear and equipment in stores around the country and on their website, including everything you would need to spend “a week in the woods.” The SINAI at RYNJ middle school boys were reading “A Week in the Woods”...
By Malca and Rabbi Haim Jachter for The Jewish Link on Feb 15, 2019
We vividly recall the unforgettable moment when the doctor told us that our child had Down syndrome. It felt like a horrific sentence meted out to us. The questions and fears loomed large. What kind of a life would our child have? How would this impact our family?  For the past 12 years, SINAI Schools has provided so many of the answers to these daunting questions. The infinitely patient and talented staff has helped Chaya Ziporah grow in her social skills and knowledge of Jewish life, and she has advanced in mathematics, reading and writing. Over the years, SINAI staff worked with...
By Joanne Palmer of The Jewish Standard on Feb 8, 2019
Last week, I found myself sitting in a circle of six girls, some of their teachers, the director of their program, and some other visitors, far more moved and infinitely more engaged than I had any reason to expect to be. We were at Ma’ayanot, the girls high school in Teaneck; the six girls in the circle were part of the program the Sinai Schools runs there. I have written about Sinai for years. (As always, I write about it a few weeks before its annual dinner, when it raises a large proportion of the funds it needs to fuel its work. To learn about this year’s dinner, see the box; to...
By Elizabeth Kratz of The Jewish Link on Feb 8, 2019
Cross River, a Bergen County-based financial institution, is SINAI Schools Community Partnership awardee, to be celebrated at SINAI’s annual dinner on Feb. 24. “We have started the relationship this year with the creation of a scholarship fund at SINAI as well as the establishment of an internship program for SINAI students where we hope to provide them with, among other things, vocational training,” explained Drew Parker, a director a Cross River and longtime SINAI supporter. “Our relationship with the institution is new but we have had a strong relationship with people who have worked...
By Elizabeth Kratz of The Jewish Link on Feb 7, 2019
SINAI Schools is a success story of collaboration, one that partners the students of its schools with the community that supports it. It is a healthy, vibrant partnership and it is changing lives for our community’s children with special needs for the better. But it’s not only success that SINAI aims for. SINAI’s goal is to enable each and every student to spread their metaphorical wings and fly toward their fullest potential, knowing that the support they enjoy today will always be there for them. At its 37th annual dinner on Feb. 24, SINAI seeks to honor those with a diverse variety of...

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