It feels really good to be able to give.
That’s true for everyone, but it’s particularly true for people who often are given things. Giving back might be a cliché, but not everyone can do it.
This article was originally published on the TeachersPayTeachers blog.
Meet Shoshana Rubin, a high school special ed teacher, who is focused on creating engaging, age-appropriate learning experiences for her students.
TPT Teacher Spotlight: Shoshana Rubin
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.
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.
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.
Ready for camping! Enter for excitement! Intelligent!
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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?
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.
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.