SINAI in the News

By Jewish Standard on Sep 13, 2016
About 200 people did their back-to-school shopping without having to wait on long lines on Sunday, August 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Staples in Hackensack. Many were there to support Sinai Schools. The special event, open to the community, was prompted by a donation by Tzvi and Erica Solomon and matched by Tzvi’s parents, Yitzie and Yosepha Solomon. Recognizing that Sinai families often face additional financial hurdles in providing for a child or many children with special needs, the Solomons donated gift cards for school supplies to all Sinai students. Sinai provided coffee and donuts for...
By Jewish Standard on Sep 13, 2016
To begin the school year, Teaneck’s Holy Name Medical Center presented Sinai Schools with a check for $100,000. The money will be used to assist the increasing number of children with special needs or complex learning issues whom Sinai serves. In response to demand, the school has doubled its enrollment over the last seven years.Holy Name Medical Center was awarded Sinai Schools’ Community Partnership award at Sinai’s 2014 benefit dinner. The hospital continues to work with Sinai on several initiatives and programs to improve the lives of people with special needs.Additionally published at...
By Jewish Link Staff on Aug 8, 2016
Chestnut Ridge, NY/Teaneck, NJ—Five years ago, Dvora and Dov Brandstatter partnered with Camp Shalom’s director, Rabbi Yehoshua Gold, to host a swim-a-thon event to raise money for SINAI Schools. Since then, “Swim for SINAI” has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help offset tuition for the families of SINAI, with Chabad Kiddie Camp in Teaneck joining the fundraiser last year.SINAI Schools provides special education within six Jewish partner schools throughout New Jersey for children with complex learning or developmental disabilities whose needs cannot be met in a regular education...
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 Esther Klavan, Director of Shalem High School for Boys at TABC on Apr 27, 2016
This article is modified from a speech introducing the SINAI Shalem boys’ performance of The Wizard of Oz on April 12, 2016. The students began preparation for the show in September, and spent months leading up to the single performance for their friends and family.   One of our famous mantras here at SINAI Shalem High School is the phrase, “It’s not about cutting bread.” These are 5 simple, comprehensible words that mean so much more. To us, they represent the philosophy by which we design every learning experience. It is about process, not product. So where does this phrase...
By Joanne Palmer on Apr 15, 2016
The Sinai Schools always have taken daunting challenges and turned them into opportunities. Yes, that sounds like a cliché, but it’s not. It’s the truth. Sinai takes children whose special needs have caused them to fail in school, some of them time after time. Children whose parents worry constantly about their futures — and for that matter their present. Children whose families have to overcome the stigma of special needs, and then conquer the fear of being unable to afford the special education their children need. The Sinai Schools’ model places special-needs students in two...
By Elizabeth Kratz, for the Jewish Link on Apr 7, 2016
Teaneck—Last week, SINAI Schools signed an agreement to establish a new high school in partnership with Heichal HaTorah, adding on to SINAI’s three other high schools, currently housed at Torah Academy of Bergen County, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School. Heichal HaTorah, a boys yeshiva high school that opened in Teaneck in 2014, received the green light this past January to begin the process of purchasing the Jewish Center of Teaneck building. “While the Jewish Center of Teaneck will be the permanent home of our yeshiva, we also dream of this...
By JNLJ Staff on Mar 24, 2016
In another edition of Frisch’s ongoing joint program with The SINAI School, students at SINAI joined the sophomore art class at Frisch for Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet. Students looked at Picasso and discussed how he created cubist portraits with more than one perspective. Following the discussion, Frisch students worked with SINAI students to create their own cubist-shaped masks.Freshmen in the arts track were tasked with creating self-portraits expressing two sides of themselves: the hidden and the revealed. They were given oil sticks and used only their fingers to create the portraits. How...
By JOANNE PALMER on Feb 22, 2016
Every person is different, with different skills, interests, talents, and needs.Every student is a person.Therefore, every student is different, and if life were ideal — were there world enough, and time — every student would have a program tailored to his or her strengths and weaknesses, and emerge from school as ready as possible to take up the challenges of adult life.Most schools cannot give that kind of individualized attention to each student, and to be fair most students flourish without it. But for students with special needs, specialized and loving attention is not a luxury but a...

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