Posts by SINAI Staff

By Frada Stone for The Jewish Link on Jun 18, 2018
Consider the following scenarios: Debbie is an academically challenged 15-year-old who, after suffering through negative experiences in two different elementary and middle schools, has now started her freshman year of high school. Debbie struggles with self-confidence. She is capable of achieving at a level far greater than she demonstrates, and her teachers are looking for ways to motivate her to put more effort into her studies so that she can reach her potential, but the casualty of the struggles of her past has been her bright vision of the future. The consensus is that Debbie is in a...
By Dena Mayerfeld on May 24, 2018
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. As with each of SINAI’s schools, the...
By Jewish Link NJ Staff on May 23, 2018
On Tuesday May 1, SINAI students, friends and family gathered at The Avenue in Teaneck for the sixth annual Unique Inspirations Art Show sponsored by BearGivers. BearGivers is a nonprofit organization led by Chairman and Founder Joseph Sprung and President Diane Lempert, dedicated to creating an environment where children who face challenges are empowered to bring happiness to others through acts of generosity and giving. In 2012, Steven and Laura Paley established the Paley-Mironov Art Therapy program at SINAI Schools in honor of their parents, Selma and David Mironov, a”h, and Florence...
By Jordan Silvestri, Director, Karasick Shalem High School at Heichal Hatorah on Mar 19, 2018
As part of SINAI's year-long Core Leadership program partnership with Yeshivat HaKotel, I was recently privileged to present a webinar for the HaKotel students in Israel on leadership. We discussed four key elements of leadership for the students to incorporate into their educational lexicon: Being Personal, Having Self-Awareness, and being Selfless and Compassionate. These elements are some of the key ideas that make up effective leaders, and the leadership core of SINAI Schools.  Leadership is oftentimes incorrectly correlated to management. Management refers to the idea...
By Sam Fishman on Dec 19, 2017
When I was a younger man, and the father of a small child with special needs, I found that there were certain prayers that I said with more “kavanah” – deeper intention and feeling.    One of those prayers was “Birkat Hachodesh,” the prayer said on the Sabbath before the beginning of each new month, in which we ask God that the upcoming month should bring blessings -- and all good things.     I remember standing in the synagogue with my young son beside me.  My SINAI child.  I would put my arm around his shoulder, draping my tallit – my prayer shawl...
By Abigail Hepner Gross, Director of Communications on Jul 6, 2017
La Jolla, CA – SINAI Schools has won multiple prestigious Awards of Excellence from The Accolade Global Film Competition and The Best Shorts Competition for their short documentary, Jacob’s Footprints.  Jacob’s Footprints premiered at SINAI’s annual benefit dinner in February, 2017.  It tells the uplifting story of SINAI student Jacob Adler and his parents, Hillel and Debby.  Jacob, who has cerebral palsy, has inspired countless individuals with his courage, optimism, and refusal to give up in the face of challenges.  He has helped to change the way people view...
By Rochel Field, Teacher at SINAI at Ma'ayanot on Jun 21, 2017
The 2016-17 SINAI School year has come to an end. During this past year we have witnessed many great achievements by our students and recognized the undeniable dedication of our teachers. We are also extremely grateful to our partner schools who have gone above and beyond to include our students in every aspect of their communities.  One particular event stands out... Our SINAI students’ participation in the I.D.E.A. Schools MakerXPO at the New York Hilton in May. Our SINAI girls worked side by side with Ma’ayanot students on a joint project for the MakerXPO, which included schools...
By Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean on Jun 5, 2017
With profound sorrow we mourn the sudden passing of Mr. Jacob Weinstein, beloved Associate Director of SINAI at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. His deep love for and dedication to each individual student was unparalleled and his warm, encouraging smile unmatched.   May the Weinstein family be comforted among the mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim. Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean                     Ms. Judi Karp, Associate Dean    
By Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean and Mrs. Judi Karp, Associate Dean on May 17, 2017
It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of our new Director of SINAI at SAR Academy, Ms. Aura Lurie.  We will open our doors at SAR Academy in the fall of 2018, giving Ms. Lurie a full year to plan, prepare, and build a team.  Ms. Lurie has worked at SAR Academy for over a decade as a head teacher and as an inclusion teacher in the elementary school, teaching children with a range of learning disabilities within SAR’s inclusion classrooms.  She has also served as a mentor to other teachers through the Jewish New Teacher Project/New Teacher Center for the past...
By Erika Svolos, Music Therapist on May 12, 2017
Music therapy is a highly effective evidenced-based tool in the treatment of children and adolescents with special needs.  SINAI’s own board certified music therapist, Erika Svolos, shares five ways she sees Music Therapy support and help our SINAI students each day. Music Therapy enhances and supports students’ ability to effectively communicate with others.  Music has been a form of communication from the beginning of time.  In music therapy, we use experiences like music making, music creation, and singing to provide our students with new ways to express their thoughts...

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