SINAI in the News

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...
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...

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