SINAI in the News

SINAI to Open New School

Sinai Schools, which provides personally tailored education to students with special needs in six day schools in New Jersey, is working with SAR Academy in Riverdale, N.Y., to establish a pilot program there.

The program, its founders say, will open in the fall of 2018, and at first will accept 6- to 8-year-olds with a wide range of developmental disabilities and complex learning challenges. The next year, if all goes according to plan, the school will expand

All In The Kosher Family

At a Bergen County glatt supermarket, students from a nearby school for the developmentally disabled gain vocational and life skills.

SINAI Gets a School-Supply Boost from the Solomons and Staples

On Sunday morning, August 28, Staples in Hackensack held exclusive shopping hours for friends of SINAI Schools. SINAI parent and volunteer for the event Malkie Schick staffed a table with doughnuts and coffee for all of the shoppers, and over 200 people from the community came out to show their support for SINAI Schools and to do their back-to-school shopping without the long lines. Store manager Edwar Malak had a full staff available to assist the shoppers, and expressed his pleasure at being able to show support for SINAI in this way.

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.