Posts by SINAI Staff

By Penina Simon, Director of Educational Technology on Mar 9, 2017
As an educator, I strive to think about the actions I have taken in the past and how they have affected my students, fellow teachers and myself. I previously thought that my talents and abilities were simply fixed traits. If I am talented in a certain area, why do I need to work to improve it? Further, if I do try and fail, then what? For instance, I have a passion in using educational technology to engage, enhance and extend student learning. I have had the pleasure of working as the director of educational technology at SINAI Schools since August. Many of my colleagues will often ask me, “...
By Abigail Hepner Gross, Director of Communications on Feb 3, 2017
I was honored to be invited to the Bat Mitzvah of one of our students a few weeks ago, a girl who has the most beautiful face and angelic smile. She has tremendous difficulty making eye contact—I wonder how the photos will come out, because she usually can’t even look at a camera to take a picture. And she has a lot of difficulty putting her words together. She speaks very softly—at just over a whisper, and often struggles to find the words she is looking for. There were at least two tables of her teachers at the Bat Mitzvah. The family had invited not only friends, but all of...
By Alisa Salamon, Speech Therapist on Dec 13, 2016
This year we started the "Givers’ Club" at our school at RYNJ, as a way to work with our students on their social skills, pragmatic learning, and speech and language skills.  The students discuss what it means to do Chesed, and the different ways to be a Giver---donating money, working for a cause, visiting an old age home, cleaning up a park, etc.  Ultimately, as a group they will pick a few projects to follow up with over the course of the year.  This month, at the younger childrens' "Giver's Club" meeting, the students decided to make a Chanukah toy drive their first...
By Rabbi Yehoshua Gold, Assistant Director, Maor at RKYHS on Nov 9, 2016
Many students from Modern Orthodox High Schools choose to spend a year learning in Israel after graduation, commonly known as the “Gap Year.” This is no different for our students at SINAI’s Maor High School, although we spend extra time helping them find a program that will be sensitive to their learning differences or social difficulties.  The year in Israel provides a really important capstone to the learning our students have engaged in while in high school, and the love for Israel that we strive to instill in them.  Walking through the streets of Jerusalem, seeing the places...
By Esther Klavan, Director, SINAI Shalem High School at TABC on Oct 6, 2016
It is widely known among educators that students learn through a variety of modalities. Some students’ learning styles are obvious to the observer taking a sneak peek into a classroom setting, while other styles take some creativity to unwrap and discover.  The most common modalities through which individuals best learn are: visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. By determining the styles through which students best absorb content and skills, educators can tailor lessons to allow for optimal learning and success.Take the visual learner. He is the student who just needs to see the...
By Rabbi Goldstein on Jun 27, 2016
Forget DudePerfect, Rabbi Goldstein of the SINAI Shalem program at TABC created this TuviaPerfect video and we love it! 
By Jordan Silvestri, Director of SINAI Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah on Jun 23, 2016
As the recent school year drew to a close, for my future students joining us in the inaugural year of the SINAI Shalem High School for Boys at Heichal HaTorah, the excitement of summer was mixed with emotions as they began to actualize the meaning of their past four high school years at SINAI Shalem at TABC.With the opening of our new high school for boys ages 18-21, we are providing our students the opportunity to graduate with their TABC friends, and, like those friends, to move on to the next stage in their lives.  In the years ahead, our students will be preparing for adulthood,...
By Anonymous on Jun 16, 2016
There are no words that can adequately describe our appreciation for all that SINAI has done for our daughter Mindy, this year. We marvel at how much she has grown and developed, and we know that is due in large part to your amazing administration and staff. Mindy’s team of teachers and therapists worked tirelessly with the administrators to customize a program that would meet our daughter's specific needs. All of this was accomplished with an unbelievable level of warmth, patience and acceptance, and with consistent feedback on her progress.There is no way we can ever repay you for the...
By Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean, SINAI Schools on May 25, 2016
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...
By Sima Kelner, Director of Shalem High School for Girls on May 6, 2016
We are always so proud when a student steps out of her comfort zone and tries something new and difficult for her.  This can often be a particularly big hurdle for a young person with an intellectual or cognitive difficulty, like many of our students here at SINAI's Shalem High School for Girls at Ma'ayanot. A couple of days before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), I told our students what the program within Ma'ayanot would be, and how, as usual, they would be included with all of the girls in the mainstream school.  I was really impressed when one of my students, a soft...

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