SINAI in the News

By Malca and Rabbi Haim Jachter for The Jewish Link on Feb 15, 2019
We vividly recall the unforgettable moment when the doctor told us that our child had Down syndrome. It felt like a horrific sentence meted out to us. The questions and fears loomed large. What kind of a life would our child have? How would this impact our family?  For the past 12 years, SINAI Schools has provided so many of the answers to these daunting questions. The infinitely patient and talented staff has helped Chaya Ziporah grow in her social skills and knowledge of Jewish life, and she has advanced in mathematics, reading and writing. Over the years, SINAI staff worked with...
By Joanne Palmer of The Jewish Standard on Feb 8, 2019
Last week, I found myself sitting in a circle of six girls, some of their teachers, the director of their program, and some other visitors, far more moved and infinitely more engaged than I had any reason to expect to be. We were at Ma’ayanot, the girls high school in Teaneck; the six girls in the circle were part of the program the Sinai Schools runs there. I have written about Sinai for years. (As always, I write about it a few weeks before its annual dinner, when it raises a large proportion of the funds it needs to fuel its work. To learn about this year’s dinner, see the box; to...
By Elizabeth Kratz of The Jewish Link on Feb 8, 2019
Cross River, a Bergen County-based financial institution, is SINAI Schools Community Partnership awardee, to be celebrated at SINAI’s annual dinner on Feb. 24. “We have started the relationship this year with the creation of a scholarship fund at SINAI as well as the establishment of an internship program for SINAI students where we hope to provide them with, among other things, vocational training,” explained Drew Parker, a director a Cross River and longtime SINAI supporter. “Our relationship with the institution is new but we have had a strong relationship with people who have worked...
By Elizabeth Kratz of The Jewish Link on Feb 7, 2019
SINAI Schools is a success story of collaboration, one that partners the students of its schools with the community that supports it. It is a healthy, vibrant partnership and it is changing lives for our community’s children with special needs for the better. But it’s not only success that SINAI aims for. SINAI’s goal is to enable each and every student to spread their metaphorical wings and fly toward their fullest potential, knowing that the support they enjoy today will always be there for them. At its 37th annual dinner on Feb. 24, SINAI seeks to honor those with a diverse variety of...
By SINAI on Jan 31, 2019
SINAI Schools will hold its annual Benefit Dinner on Sunday, February 24, at the Marriott Glenpointe Hotel in Teaneck. This year’s honorees are Dr. Robert and Shari Alter, Dr. Bin and Penina Goldman and Rabbi Michael and Ayelet Hoenig. Cross River will accept SINAI’s Community Partnership Award, and SINAI will present a special tribute in memory of their beloved associate director, Rachel Schulman, a”h, and dedicate the Rachel Schulman Memorial Fund. Operating seven inclusive special education schools across New York and New Jersey, for over three decades SINAI has served children with...
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 Chana Shestack and Kayla Silow-Carroll in The Jewish Link on Dec 17, 2018
When Ilana Picker, one of the head teachers at SINAI’s Karasick Shalem High School at Ma’ayanot, heard about the upcoming Veterans Day Hero 5K Run at Bergen Community College, she knew immediately that the experience would be perfect for her SINAI students. SINAI at Ma’ayanot offers a functional academic high school program designed to prepare students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for rich and productive adult lives. The 5K run was an opportunity to combine adaptive physical education with personal goal-setting and inclusion in the broader local community.  ​​Mrs....
By JLNJ Staff on Nov 19, 2018
On November 10, almost 100 SINAI parents gathered to socialize and to hear from Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, who spoke about how Torah can teach about life’s challenges. Pictured here are brothers Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, rabbi of Congregation Beth Aaron, and Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, dean of SINAI Schools.
By Yvette Finkelstein of The Jewish Link BWC on Nov 5, 2018
After several years of planning, SINAI has arrived at SAR. By opening its doors to students with special needs this September, SAR became the seventh partner school providing a special-education yeshiva day-school program inside existing day and yeshiva high schools. SAR joins Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School and Heichal HaTorah in housing a SINAI school within its walls. SINAI Schools provides special education for children with complex social, cognitive learning...
By Joanne Palmer for The Jewish Standard on Jul 27, 2018
Sometimes things — ideals, education, skills — simply come together. They gel. They make sense. They just plain work. These are the elements that combined this summer: The Sinai Schools, the Teaneck-based institution that provides highly specialized, often cutting-edge education to its special-needs students in classrooms inside day schools, knows that very few of its parents can afford the school’s full sticker price. Rather than turning away any child who otherwise could be helped by the school, it taps many other funding sources, including fundraising from the community. Sinai...

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