SINAI in the News

Staples hosts SINAI school shop

About 200 people did their back-to-school shopping without having to wait on long lines on Sunday, August 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Staples in Hackensack. Many were there to support Sinai Schools. The special event, open to the community, was prompted by a donation by Tzvi and Erica Solomon and matched by Tzvi’s parents, Yitzie and Yosepha Solomon. Recognizing that Sinai families often face additional financial hurdles in providing for a child or many children with special needs, the Solomons donated gift cards for school supplies to all Sinai students.

Holy Name is SINAI benefactor

To begin the school year, Teaneck’s Holy Name Medical Center presented Sinai Schools with a check for $100,000. The money will be used to assist the increasing number of children with special needs or complex learning issues whom Sinai serves. In response to demand, the school has doubled its enrollment over the last seven years.

Holy Name Medical Center was awarded Sinai Schools’ Community Partnership award at Sinai’s 2014 benefit dinner. The hospital continues to work with Sinai on several initiatives and programs to improve the lives of people with special needs.

Campers Flip for ‘Swim for SINAI’

Chestnut Ridge, NY/Teaneck, NJ—Five years ago, Dvora and Dov Brandstatter partnered with Camp Shalom’s director, Rabbi Yehoshua Gold, to host a swim-a-thon event to raise money for SINAI Schools. Since then, “Swim for SINAI” has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help offset tuition for the families of SINAI, with Chabad Kiddie Camp in Teaneck joining the fundraiser last year.

SINAI and Holy Name Appear on PBS

Over the last year or so, I have been very lucky to work together with Cedar Wang, Holy Name Medical Center’s Director of Simulation Education, and Chavie Hagler, SINAI's Director of Adult Services, on a very special project.  Together, we have set out to create hands-on training for health care professionals to enhance their skill in providing quality healthcare to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our work until this point has included an in-depth literature review, two focus groups (one with adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities and anoth

It’s Not About Cutting Bread

This article is modified from a speech introducing the SINAI Shalem boys’ performance of The Wizard of Oz on April 12, 2016. The students began preparation for the show in September, and spent months leading up to the single performance for their friends and family.

 

One of our famous mantras here at SINAI Shalem High School is the phrase, “It’s not about cutting bread.” These are 5 simple, comprehensible words that mean so much more. To us, they represent the philosophy by which we design every learning experience. It is about process, not product.

SINAI's Growing Again: Program for 18- to 21-year-old special needs boys to be housed at Teaneck’s Heichal HaTorah

The Sinai Schools always have taken daunting challenges and turned them into opportunities.

Yes, that sounds like a cliché, but it’s not. It’s the truth. Sinai takes children whose special needs have caused them to fail in school, some of them time after time. Children whose parents worry constantly about their futures — and for that matter their present. Children whose families have to overcome the stigma of special needs, and then conquer the fear of being unable to afford the special education their children need.

SINAI’s Karasick Shalem High School for Boys to Open at Heichal HaTorah

Teaneck—Last week, SINAI Schools signed an agreement to establish a new high school in partnership with Heichal HaTorah, adding on to SINAI’s three other high schools, currently housed at Torah Academy of Bergen County, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School.

Frisch Art is Dressed Up for Adar

In another edition of Frisch’s ongoing joint program with The SINAI School, students at SINAI joined the sophomore art class at Frisch for Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet. Students looked at Picasso and discussed how he created cubist portraits with more than one perspective. Following the discussion, Frisch students worked with SINAI students to create their own cubist-shaped masks.

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