SINAI in the News

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...
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...

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