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By Bracha Schwartz for The Jewish Link on Aug 30, 2019
When Rabbi Yehoshua Gold was asked to fill in one day as a counselor in the Diamond Program, a behavioral modification summer program for children in Far Rockaway with special needs, he didn’t know his life was about to change. Headed for a career in math, he changed course after one day on the job. He came back the next day and stayed on as a counselor. After two years, he switched to special education as a career. Now, he runs Camp Shalom in Teaneck, where this summer he introduced the Diamond program, the first one outside of Far Rockaway. Camp Shalom is a not-for-profit day camp with...
By Eric Berger for the JTA on Aug 22, 2019
About five years ago, Jennifer Rosenberg faced a conundrum. As head of a Jewish day school in Michigan, Rosenberg noticed a marked increase in families interested in enrolling children with disabilities like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and autism. Rosenberg wanted to welcome these families seeking a Jewish education for their children, but she knew that accommodating such students required extra resources — a real challenge for her small elementary school, Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor. “It would be a terrible shame and really a crime if we didn’t, as a Jewish community, as...
By Chaya Feldstein for Building Blocks Magazine on Jul 23, 2019
By NJ12 News on Jun 14, 2019
Catch SINAI students on TV!  SINAI Schools' vocational partnership with Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps was featured in a segment on NJ12's Education Matters, discussing the ways SINAI students contribute to BVAC's lifesaving work while also gaining new professional and social skills. 
By Dena Mayerfeld for The Jewish Link on May 30, 2019
The great musical maestro, Arturo Toscanini, was once listening to a very complex concert with a friend. Toscanini, known for his photographic memory, intense personality and superb ear for detail, asked his companion if he had noticed anything unusual about the rendition of the orchestral piece. The friend replied that he had not and wondered what Toscanini had found unusual and noteworthy. Toscanini replied with an outstanding observation: “There should be fourteen violins in that orchestra. I only heard thirteen!” Every note, every instrument and every musical arrangement struck a chord...
By Andrea Nissel of The Jewish Link on May 30, 2019
When two outstanding organizations join together the results can be extraordinary. Such was the case when BVAC (Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corp.) partnered with SINAI’s vocational program this past year, successfully placing a group of students whose commitment was inspiring. SINAI Schools strives to educate students with a wide range of learning and developmental disabilities, focusing on each student’s academic, emotional and social potential and empowering them to become productive members of society. SINAI partners with community yeshivas, so its students are able to learn within...
By Joanne Palmer of The Jewish Standard on May 21, 2019
This week, I joined a small group of adults in a visit to a presentation that the SINAI students at Ma'ayanot High School for Girls in Teaneck offered. Each one of the girls in the school — each with a significant, and significantly different, developmental challenge — read a description of something she’d done, working with others, to improve the school’s environment or to help other people. It is extraordinarily moving to watch these young women, and to watch their teachers watching them. If there were world enough, and time — and of course money — then every child would have...
By Joanne Palmer of The Jewish Standard on Apr 11, 2019
It feels really good to be able to give. That’s true for everyone, but it’s particularly true for people who often are given things. Giving back might be a cliché, but not everyone can do it. That’s one of the reasons why the students who make up the Sinai School’s program at Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls were so happy to be able to create and run a drive to give snack packs to kids using the food pantry run by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey. JFCS is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, and it was the federation that ran...
By Aura Lurie, Director of SINAI at SAR Academy on Apr 9, 2019
This blog post was originally published on SAR's Divine Sparks blog.  It was the first recess on the first day of school, and Shlomo’s (not his real name) first day at SINAI at SAR Academy. Shlomo was very social, and had many friends, but his academic challenges were complex and he struggled in many parts of his day.  Although they knew that SINAI was the right academic setting for him, Shlomo’s parents were apprehensive that he would not be able cultivate and maintain friendships with the SAR students. Shlomo went out to recess with all the other children, including SINAI...
By Christina Brower of TeachersPayTeachers.com on Apr 3, 2019
This article was originally published on the TeachersPayTeachers blog. Meet Shoshana Rubin, a high school special ed teacher, who is focused on creating engaging, age-appropriate learning experiences for her students. TPT Teacher Spotlight: Shoshana Rubin Title: SPED teacher Location: Teaneck, NJ Teaches At: SINAI Karasick Shalem High School Teaching Experience: 4 years Goal I’m working toward… Making my own resources! I would love to be able to make resources to help other high school special ed teachers who struggle to find age- and grade-...

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