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By Sam Fishman on Dec 19, 2017
When I was a younger man, and the father of a small child with special needs, I found that there were certain prayers that I said with more “kavanah” – deeper intention and feeling.    One of those prayers was “Birkat Hachodesh,” the prayer said on the Sabbath before the beginning of each new month, in which we ask God that the upcoming month should bring blessings -- and all good things.     I remember standing in the synagogue with my young son beside me.  My SINAI child.  I would put my arm around his shoulder, draping my tallit – my prayer shawl...
By Joanne Palmer for the Jewish Link on December 7, 2017 on Dec 8, 2017
It's all about the honesty of faces.  At its beginning, the children in the SINAI School’s new music video, “Prayers From My Heart,” stare out at us, reproachfully, angrily, with frustration. They are open, honest, vulnerable, and shinily wide-eyed. Always wide-eyed. Over the course of the not-quite-three-and-a-half-minute video, we see those children look at us again with dawning glimmers of hope, and then again, at the end, with glistening, eye-moistening joy. Some of their teachers and parents and mentors are with them, the adults mirroring the children’s nearly palpable...
By Jewish Link NJ Staff on Nov 17, 2017
(Courtesy of SINAI Schools) On November 2, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools formally recommended SINAI Schools for reaccreditation. SINAI is the only Jewish special education school to be accredited by Middle States, and has held this distinction since 2004. The Middle States Visiting Team reviewed SINAI with an in-depth evaluation, reviewing all aspects of SINAI’s educational standards and practice over the course of a week. Pictured from left to right is the Middle States Visiting Team that evaluated SINAI Schools: Rabbi Avi Levitt, principal, Magen David Yeshivah...
By Jenny Gans for The Jewish Link on Sep 1, 2017
As everyone winds down from summer and enjoys the last few weeks of vacation, SINAI’s business office has been buzzing with activity as they reflect on the expanded Swim For SINAI program. For those new to this program, each summer, campers raise money for SINAI by asking friends and family to sponsor them in a swimathon. In the past, Camp Shalom and Teaneck Chabad’s Kiddie Camp held successful events. This year, under the guidance of Ilana Rauzman, two additional camps (Camp Shira and Al Haderech) joined the Swim For SINAI roster as an expanded fun run, Sweat For SINAI. While this is...
By Andrea Nissel, The Jewish Link on Aug 31, 2017
Blog editor's note: SINAI Schools thanks Mr. Limozinere for the unexpected pledge to support SINAI mentioned below.  The following is an advertorial article that appeared in The Jewish Link on August 31, 2017: Tired of having your basement flooded? No Water Basement Solutions can help! Serving residential and commercial properties, this waterproofing system has been eliminating basement flooding for 14 years and offering clients guaranteed peace of mind. Owner Nicholas Limozinere began his career in demolition when he became involved with Nash Distributors, manufacturers of this...
By Steve Lipman, The Jewish Week on Aug 28, 2017
The Sinai Schools, a network of Jewish special education institutions that began in 1982 with three students at one site in New Jersey and has grown to six locations with 150 students in the state, will establish its first branch in New York City next year. Sinai has announced that it will open a “school within a school” at the SAR Academy in the Riverdale section of the Bronx beginning in September 2018. Aura Lurie, who has served as a teacher for more than a decade in the SAR Academy “inclusion” special education program, will be director of the Sinai pilot program at SAR. Lurie will...
By Joanne Palmer on Jul 7, 2017
Sam Fishman, the Sinai Schools’ managing director, and Abigail Hepner Gross, its communications director, were recognized by two international competitions for their latest film, “Jacob’s Footprints.” The pair won three awards of excellence — in the areas of disability issues, Jewish content, and as a commercial or infomercial — as well as a special mention as a documentary short, all from the Accolade Global Film Competition. They also won awards of excellence for disability issues, a documentary short, and Jewish content from the Best Shorts Competition. The Accolade competition honors...
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 Rochel Field, Teacher at SINAI at Ma'ayanot on Jun 21, 2017
The 2016-17 SINAI School year has come to an end. During this past year we have witnessed many great achievements by our students and recognized the undeniable dedication of our teachers. We are also extremely grateful to our partner schools who have gone above and beyond to include our students in every aspect of their communities.  One particular event stands out... Our SINAI students’ participation in the I.D.E.A. Schools MakerXPO at the New York Hilton in May. Our SINAI girls worked side by side with Ma’ayanot students on a joint project for the MakerXPO, which included schools...
By a long-time parent on Jun 14, 2017
What a bittersweet time! It feels like we just started at SINAI, and now M is graduating. Where did the time go? It is truly exciting to see M grow from a 9th grader, afraid to go to a baseball game, to a more confident and engaging young man who is self assured and cannot speak enough good about his high school experience. His growth in this period of time is in no small part to each of you. Thank you seems too insignificant to really express our gratitude. Through our time at SINAI, it is obvious to me over an over how special and caring the staff has been for and to each student. It is...

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