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By Esther Klavan, Director of SINAI Shalem High School at TABC on May 23, 2016
Tuvia, a shy and unassuming teenager at our SINAI Shalem High School at TABC, continues to exceed our expectations. Tuvia arrived in high school three years ago having made amazing strides in SINAI’s elementary and middle schools at JKHA, but he still had significant anxiety and was extremely resistant to breaking out of his routine.  With years of support, encouragement, and careful introduction to new experiences, Tuvia has broken out of his shell. We did not teach him how to play basketball, nor did we perfect his three-point shot. Those are G-d given talents. But we did give...
By Anonymous on May 9, 2016
"To all of Doni's teachers at SINAI---I wanted to take this opportunity to share the nachas I was given yesterday by Doni on our family trip into Manhattan.  He was able to navigate the crowded streets and stores on his own with more alertness and much less prompting than usual. I want him to be independent and I want him to feel confident, so I see these trips as life experiences as much as enjoyment. I feel he would not have achieved this be if it wasn’t for SINAI.  Ms. Lall, you and the whole team have and continue to put your heart and soul into helping Doni reach his...
By Sima Kelner, Director of Shalem High School for Girls on May 6, 2016
We are always so proud when a student steps out of her comfort zone and tries something new and difficult for her.  This can often be a particularly big hurdle for a young person with an intellectual or cognitive difficulty, like many of our students here at SINAI's Shalem High School for Girls at Ma'ayanot. A couple of days before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), I told our students what the program within Ma'ayanot would be, and how, as usual, they would be included with all of the girls in the mainstream school.  I was really impressed when one of my students, a soft...
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 Anonymous on Apr 4, 2016
We really appreciate hearing from our parents!  This mom shared the following with us, which made our day:"A special needs education doesn't necessarily have to be an easy or slow-paced education. I can't believe the leaps and strides my 2nd grader is making at SINAI Schools. Unbelievable. The teachers are unflappable and relentless in the most loving way. My daughter is learning new concepts all the time that stun my husband and me. We're so proud of her growth. She's absolutely flourishing at SINAI. Can't say enough good things."We welcome feedback from all of our parents!
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...

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