Food for Thought

By Joanne Palmer of The Jewish Standard on Apr 11, 2019
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. That’s one of the reasons why the students who make up the Sinai School’s program at Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls were so happy to be able to create and run a drive to give snack packs to kids using the food pantry run by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey. JFCS is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, and it was the federation that ran...
By Aura Lurie, Director of SINAI at SAR Academy on Apr 9, 2019
This blog post was originally published on SAR's Divine Sparks blog.  It was the first recess on the first day of school, and Shlomo’s (not his real name) first day at SINAI at SAR Academy. Shlomo was very social, and had many friends, but his academic challenges were complex and he struggled in many parts of his day.  Although they knew that SINAI was the right academic setting for him, Shlomo’s parents were apprehensive that he would not be able cultivate and maintain friendships with the SAR students. Shlomo went out to recess with all the other children, including SINAI...
By Christina Brower of TeachersPayTeachers.com on Apr 3, 2019
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 Title: SPED teacher Location: Teaneck, NJ Teaches At: SINAI Karasick Shalem High School Teaching Experience: 4 years Goal I’m working toward… Making my own resources! I would love to be able to make resources to help other high school special ed teachers who struggle to find age- and grade-...
By Yaffa Elyakin on Mar 26, 2019
Thank you Yachad NJ and NCSY for sponsoring this Chessed mission to New Orleans. Here's what one of our students wrote about her experience:  I joined Yachad and Ma'ayanot students for a chessed mission in New Orleans. On Thursday, we helped fix up a house by rebuilding it using tools such as hammers and nails. My job was to dig a deep layer for a walkway to lay concrete in it. It was exhausting for me because I was involved with the dirty and hard work while other people painted fences for the house. On Friday before Shabbos, two groups split up to go to other people’s homes to put...
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 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 Tamar Appel, Associate Prinicipal of Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls on Jan 28, 2019
I love having SINAI students and faculty as part of our Ma’ayanot family.  It is a testament to the culture of SINAI, Ma’ayanot, and the intertwining of the two that so many of us view the SINAI students and teachers as an organic part of our school.  SINAI students regularly participate in our morning tefillot, eat lunch with us, take part in our chagigot and Shabbatonim, and chat with us.  Sometimes they also cry, seem anxious, or laugh joyfully in the hallways - indistinguishably from other Ma’ayanot students. Last Friday, though, I had a lens into just how unique the...
By Chaim Sussman, former SINAI Schools teacher on Jan 8, 2019
A few days ago my wife and I celebrated the bris of our son.  We named him Shmuel Tzvi in memory of someone who had a big impact on my life. Tzvi was the middle name of Naftali Tzvi Hakohen, Nathaniel Cohen z”l. Nathaniel was the first student I worked with after I graduated college, in my first job at SINAI Schools….and at the risk of sounding corny and cliche, I can guarantee you that I learned much more from him than he ever learned from me. Nathaniel was a big Mets fan, and as seems to often be the case in my life, that leads to an instant connection! I distinctly remember a...

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