SINAI in the News

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...
By Jewish Standard on Dec 6, 2016
On November 16, Sinai Schools held a ceremony celebrating Lawrence B. Benenson’s donation of a new wheelchair accessible van. In September, Sinai opened its sixth school, the Karasick Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck. The new school is for young men, 18 to 21 years old, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because vocational training is a major component of the new school’s curriculum, and because some of its students are mobility-challenged, transportation was needed to get them to their work training sites. Real estate developer and philanthropist Lawrence...
By JLNJ Staff on Dec 1, 2016
On November 16, SINAI Schools held a dedication ceremony celebrating the donation of a new wheelchair-accessible van to the school by Lawrence B. Benenson of Benenson Capital Partners. This past September, SINAI opened their sixth school, SINAI’s Karasick Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah, which serves boys ages 18-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vocational training is a major component of the curriculum at SINAI Shalem High School, and while there was a wheelchair-accessible van at one of SINAI’s other schools, the new school also has students with mobility...
By Joanne Palmer on Nov 21, 2016
Sinai Schools, which provides personally tailored education to students with special needs in six day schools in New Jersey, is working with SAR Academy in Riverdale, N.Y., to establish a pilot program there. The program, its founders say, will open in the fall of 2018, and at first will accept 6- to 8-year-olds with a wide range of developmental disabilities and complex learning challenges. The next year, if all goes according to plan, the school will expand SAR, like the other schools that partner with Sinai, is a modern Orthodox day school. “Its philosophy and approach to education...
By The Jewish Week on Sep 13, 2016
At a Bergen County glatt supermarket, students from a nearby school for the developmentally disabled gain vocational and life skills.Grand and Essex Glatt Kosher Supermarket in Bergenfield, N.J., has all the luxuries of a modern gourmet market: beautifully prepared foods, fresh fish and meats, a bakery, sushi and a plentiful health and beauty section. But what customers comment on is the “Old World” feeling of the store — a place where the owners and employees go that extra mile to show their customers that they care. When it’s time for festive Jewish holidays like Chanukah and Purim, the...
By Jewish Link on Sep 13, 2016
On Sunday morning, August 28, Staples in Hackensack held exclusive shopping hours for friends of SINAI Schools. SINAI parent and volunteer for the event Malkie Schick staffed a table with doughnuts and coffee for all of the shoppers, and over 200 people from the community came out to show their support for SINAI Schools and to do their back-to-school shopping without the long lines. Store manager Edwar Malak had a full staff available to assist the shoppers, and expressed his pleasure at being able to show support for SINAI in this way. SINAI’s Dean Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs expressed his...

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