SINAI in the News

By Jewish Link NJ Staff on Nov 17, 2017
(Courtesy of SINAI Schools) On November 2, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools formally recommended SINAI Schools for reaccreditation. SINAI is the only Jewish special education school to be accredited by Middle States, and has held this distinction since 2004. The Middle States Visiting Team reviewed SINAI with an in-depth evaluation, reviewing all aspects of SINAI’s educational standards and practice over the course of a week. Pictured from left to right is the Middle States Visiting Team that evaluated SINAI Schools: Rabbi Avi Levitt, principal, Magen David Yeshivah...
By Jenny Gans for The Jewish Link on Sep 1, 2017
As everyone winds down from summer and enjoys the last few weeks of vacation, SINAI’s business office has been buzzing with activity as they reflect on the expanded Swim For SINAI program. For those new to this program, each summer, campers raise money for SINAI by asking friends and family to sponsor them in a swimathon. In the past, Camp Shalom and Teaneck Chabad’s Kiddie Camp held successful events. This year, under the guidance of Ilana Rauzman, two additional camps (Camp Shira and Al Haderech) joined the Swim For SINAI roster as an expanded fun run, Sweat For SINAI. While this is...
By Andrea Nissel, The Jewish Link on Aug 31, 2017
Blog editor's note: SINAI Schools thanks Mr. Limozinere for the unexpected pledge to support SINAI mentioned below.  The following is an advertorial article that appeared in The Jewish Link on August 31, 2017: Tired of having your basement flooded? No Water Basement Solutions can help! Serving residential and commercial properties, this waterproofing system has been eliminating basement flooding for 14 years and offering clients guaranteed peace of mind. Owner Nicholas Limozinere began his career in demolition when he became involved with Nash Distributors, manufacturers of this...
By Steve Lipman, The Jewish Week on Aug 28, 2017
The Sinai Schools, a network of Jewish special education institutions that began in 1982 with three students at one site in New Jersey and has grown to six locations with 150 students in the state, will establish its first branch in New York City next year. Sinai has announced that it will open a “school within a school” at the SAR Academy in the Riverdale section of the Bronx beginning in September 2018. Aura Lurie, who has served as a teacher for more than a decade in the SAR Academy “inclusion” special education program, will be director of the Sinai pilot program at SAR. Lurie will...
By Joanne Palmer on Jul 7, 2017
Sam Fishman, the Sinai Schools’ managing director, and Abigail Hepner Gross, its communications director, were recognized by two international competitions for their latest film, “Jacob’s Footprints.” The pair won three awards of excellence — in the areas of disability issues, Jewish content, and as a commercial or infomercial — as well as a special mention as a documentary short, all from the Accolade Global Film Competition. They also won awards of excellence for disability issues, a documentary short, and Jewish content from the Best Shorts Competition. The Accolade competition honors...
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 Joanne Palmer on Feb 14, 2017
You have a baby who’s born prematurely. You worry and you worry and then you worry some more; you know that outcomes vary widely, and you don’t know what to expect. By six months, you know that whatever the percentages are, you haven’t beaten them. Your child — say your son, let’s say his name is Jacob — has cerebral palsy. You already know that you love this child as deeply, as thoroughly, as fiercely, as you love your older son, who does not face Jacob’s challenges, and as much as you later love your two younger sons. You know that you have to do everything possible to protect him,...
By Elizabeth Kratz on Feb 14, 2017
The word is out, all over the tri-state area. There is an inestimable impact on families when their child with special needs gets the right help. Often, parents can’t resist telling others about their experience, while others merely want to shout it from the rooftops. Families who seek a Jewish day-school education for their child with special needs are hearing more and more often from other parents about SINAI Schools. Starting 35 years ago as a single elementary-school program in the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, SINAI Schools now operates in partnership with six schools:...
By Rabbi Haim Jachter on Jan 26, 2017
It is the terrifying news no parent ever wants to hear—“It is likely your child will be born with Down’s Syndrome.” After telling these life-altering words to us, the physician proceeded to seek to persuade us to consider an abortion. He outlined the many difficulties and poor quality of life faced by those afflicted with Down’s Syndrome, all the while pointing us in the direction of an abortion. My wife and I responded immediately and resolutely that we would not abort the child. After hearing the infant’s heartbeat in utero, we would not consider even for a second the option of an abortion...

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