SINAI in the News

By By Phil Jacobs on Feb 12, 2016
There is something special about a parent or a grandparent seeing their dreams of a happy, secure, confident child or grandchild emerge from a journey that they know could have taken a difficult turn. SINAI Schools has, for over 30 years, done this and more for well over 1,000 children, turning disabilities into possibilities.Sam Fishman, SINAI Schools’ managing director, told The Jewish Link that “everyone’s heart goes out to our children. We are blessed to be part of a community where people care and want to help. And people know that if it’s February it’s time for SINAI’s annual benefit...
By JOANNE PALMER on Dec 31, 2015
Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck received a $10,000 donation from the Just Energy Foundation, to be used principally for programs run by the Sinai Schools.Teaneck-based Sinai works with children with physical and developmental challenges, tailoring education specifically for each child and housing those programs in Jewish day schools. HNMC is the only hospital to provide vocational training for Sinai students, and it provides them with generous scholarship aid as well.“We’re very excited to see that the positive impact of Holy Name’s partnership with the Sinai Schools has inspired support...
By ELIZABETH KRATZ on Dec 3, 2015
For more than 15 years, Sinai Schools’ vocational students have volunteered at Holy Name Medical Center for workplace training. They have worked alongside medical professionals of many types and explored numerous vocational roles in a welcoming environment. In the last year however, the relationship between the two organizations has flourished to the point of great impact to both the special needs and local medical communities, as well as the greater Teaneck community at large. The partnership was expanded when Holy Name’s CEO, Michael Maron, attended the 2015 Sinai Schools Annual Dinner,...
By Joanne Palmer on Nov 6, 2015
You know those big signs on Route 4, near Riverside Square in Hackensack? The big electronic billboards, the ones that usually show images from Holy Name Medical Center, but include some pictures of kids in its regular rotations? One happy-looking kid at a time, standing next to huge letters spelling out My Challenges Don’t Define Me, pointing to a sign with a self-definition? A sign saying I Am Smart, for example. Or Beautiful. Or Hard-Working. Or Cool. Those kids are students at the Sinai Schools, and the billboards, which feature Sinai’s name next to Holy Name’s, are just one of the...
By JLNJ STAFF on Nov 5, 2015
“What is the higher priority, Talmud Torah or doing chesed?” Rabbi Yosef Adler, Rosh HaYeshiva of TABC recounted how this question was posed to Rav Aharon Lichtenstein z”l and Rav Aharon responded that “both deserve a 100 percent commitment of our available time.” Rabbi Aharon added that “at different stages of lives we need to reevaluate how to strike the appropriate balance between the two.” “During our talmidims’ years in yeshiva,” Rabbi Adler explained, “the primary focus needs to be on Talmud Torah. At the same time, we strive to impart the importance of chesed on our talmidim, for what...
By Amanda Liefer on Jul 9, 2015
Swim for SINAI, a fundraiser for SINAI Schools, will take place at two locations: at Camp Shalom on Monday, July 13, and at the Chabad Kiddie Camp in Teaneck on Wednesday, July 15. Created at Camp Shalom four years ago by Dvora and Dov Brandstatter, Swim for SINAI has raised thousands of dollars for SINAI. Malka Flamholz has also helped Dvora organize the program. “Swim for SINAI is a way to educate the children of our community about sensitivity, inclusion and helping others.” Dvora Brandstatter said. “It is a program that gives children the opportunity to make a difference while having a...
By Abigail Klein Leichman on Jun 16, 2015
Jewish students with learning or developmental disabilities got to express their artistic talents for the benefit of the Sinai Schools scholarship fund last Monday in Teaneck.More than 70 original artworks — from sunsets and self-portraits to animal and abstract motifs — were created by 60 7- to 16-year-olds during art therapy sessions at three Sinai locations. The artworks were framed professionally and displayed at an open student art show and sale at the Avenue, an event space.The third annual “Unique Inspirations” show served many purposes: Giving Sinai students a platform for showing and...
By Esther Hirsch on Jun 16, 2015
Teaneck—Under the blue and pink lights of the Avenue Event Space, parents, teachers, friends and students milled about, pausing to marvel at the paintings displayed on easels atop tables and adorning the walls. Light classical music played in the background, as the attendees enjoyed an array of hors d’oeuvres and hot crepes.On Monday night, June 8th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, the Avenue was the site of an art show and auction entitled “Unique Inspirations,” a joint collaboration between the SINAI Schools and Bear Givers’ EmpowerArt program. Bear Givers is a New York based organization that provides...
By Bracha Schwartz on Apr 30, 2015
SINAI Schools have always been a part of Jordanna Rothschild’s life. Her father is a Vice President on the Board of Directors, and both parents are deeply involved in supporting SINAI, a provider of education to Jewish children with special needs. She helps out at SINAI dinners and events. Jordanna has also been developing her love of art as a ninth grade student in the Frisch High School art track. Seeking to combine both interests, she thought of creating a program in which Frisch students in the Artists Beit Midrash program share what they have learned about studying a prayer, and...
By Joanne Palmer on Jan 30, 2015
Imagine that you see a small group of students working with an art teacher, concentrating, creating, learning.Add the understanding that these children have developmental disabilities, and that the art teacher is in fact an art therapist. Be sure, though, that when you add this knowledge, you do not — because you should not — let it detract from the clear truth that there is joy in this learning, and learning in this joy.And then pull your gaze back to see that these children are in a larger school, where they have their own individualized learning programs but also sometimes mix with more...

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