Dearest SINAI Family,
With great pleasure and pride we are delighted to announce SINAI’s upcoming partnership in establishing a pilot program for children with special education needs with SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY beginning in fall 2018.
SINAI at SAR initially will serve children ages 6-8 who have a wide range of complex learning challenges and/or developmental disabilities, and will expand to serve more children in its second and third years. Following our inclusive “school within a school” model, SINAI will operate in partnership with SAR Academy, providing the academic support SINAI’s special education students need, and working together with SAR to create an inclusive educational experience for the students of both schools. SINAI students will be part of the SAR community--sharing the playground, lunchroom, and even classes with SAR students when appropriate, and riding the same buses as their brothers and sisters to school.
SAR Academy, located in Riverdale, NY, is a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school established in 1969. The school’s open architectural plan is a physical representation of the value placed by SAR on open thinking, engagement, collaboration, and respectful relationships. According to its mission statement, SAR Academy is “dedicated to the belief that every child possesses a divine spark, has unique worth as an individual and should be encouraged to achieve according to his or her ability.” The SAR philosophy and approach to education and inclusion makes them ideal partners for us at SINAI, and Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, Principal of SAR Academy, has been an enthusiastic collaborator in the agreement between our two schools.
SAR will be SINAI’s 7th partner school, joining Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School, and Heichal HaTorah.
In opening a new school at SAR, SINAI is responding to the increased demand for our services, particularly within New York City and Westchester. We have doubled in size over the past seven years to meet the ever-growing needs of the community. Our partnership with SAR will enable us to continue to grow to meet demand, and allow us to serve children who currently live too far away to commute to our existing schools in New Jersey. It is our hope that SINAI at SAR will become an important resource within New York City and Westchester for families who have children with special needs.
We look forward to sharing more information with you about this new partnership as it develops. May we all go from strength to strength!
Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean
Sam Fishman, Managing Director
Avi Vogel, President
For more information, please call our Business/Administrative Office at 201-833-1134.