SINAI in the News

Refining A Partnership

You know those big signs on Route 4, near Riverside Square in Hackensack?

The big electronic billboards, the ones that usually show images from Holy Name Medical Center, but include some pictures of kids in its regular rotations? One happy-looking kid at a time, standing next to huge letters spelling out My Challenges Don’t Define Me, pointing to a sign with a self-definition? A sign saying I Am Smart, for example. Or Beautiful. Or Hard-Working. Or Cool.

Inclusion by Design: SINAI Schools Honors Holy Name Medical Center for Community Partnership

Imagine that you see a small group of students working with an art teacher, concentrating, creating, learning.

Add the understanding that these children have developmental disabilities, and that the art teacher is in fact an art therapist. Be sure, though, that when you add this knowledge, you do not — because you should not — let it detract from the clear truth that there is joy in this learning, and learning in this joy.

Jobs for People with Special Needs

For at least 25 years now, Joseph Freedland of Fair Lawn has been hiring people with special needs to help in the production and packaging of shower curtains and hospital curtains at Hospi-Tel in East Orange.

The family business, founded by his father and uncle and now owned by his brother David, has eight to 10 such people working in the factory at any given time. Two of them have been with the company 20-plus years.

SINAI Schools Holds Parent Melave Malka

On November 10, almost 100 SINAI parents gathered to socialize and to hear from Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, who spoke about how Torah can teach about life’s challenges. Pictured here are brothers Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, rabbi of Congregation Beth Aaron, and Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, dean of SINAI Schools.

SAR Welcomes SINAI Students With Smiles

After several years of planning, SINAI has arrived at SAR. By opening its doors to students with special needs this September, SAR became the seventh partner school providing a special-education yeshiva day-school program inside existing day and yeshiva high schools. SAR joins Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School and Heichal HaTorah in housing a SINAI school within its walls.

On the Move for SINAI

Sometimes things — ideals, education, skills — simply come together. They gel. They make sense. They just plain work.

These are the elements that combined this summer:

SINAI Summer Fun Expands Beyond Camps

When SINAI Schools and Camp Shalom first partnered seven years ago, they laid the framework for a successful model of a camp chesed initiative. “I believe strongly in what SINAI does,” Rabbi Yehoshua Gold, Camp Shalom’s director told The Jewish Link. “They provide an excellent education for children with a range of abilities. Camp Shalom is proud to host this important fundraiser for SINAI Schools in our swimming pools,” he said. Rabbi Gold is also assistant director of SINAI’s Maor High School at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston.

Annual 'Swim for SINAI' Comes to Camp Shalom

Campers at Camp Shalom made a splash to raise money for SINAI Schools, kicking off the SINAI Schools “Swim for SINAI” summer fundraising campaign. This marks the seventh year that Camp Shalom has hosted this fundraiser, which now has multiple camps and even individual children participating. Campers swam to raise funds for SINAI Schools, which serves children with a wide range of developmental, intellectual and complex learning disabilities.

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.

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