Posts by SINAI Staff

Return Migration-Preparing for School to Start Again

The monarch butterfly is one example of a species that practices return migration. This process of revisiting a place that one has lived in before is also called homing, according to a Scholastic Science Exploration article. These animals use navigation strategies and prepare for their journey months in advance. Scientists are awed by the skill that these animals display in order to return to exactly the same location year after year.

Jobs for People with Special Needs

For at least 25 years now, Joseph Freedland of Fair Lawn has been hiring people with special needs to help in the production and packaging of shower curtains and hospital curtains at Hospi-Tel in East Orange.

The family business, founded by his father and uncle and now owned by his brother David, has eight to 10 such people working in the factory at any given time. Two of them have been with the company 20-plus years.

Veteran Educator to Serve as Incoming SINAI@Ma’ayanot Director

Mrs. Ilana Picker has been named the incoming Director of the Rabbi Mark and Linda Karasick Shalem High School at Ma’ayanot High School for Girls in Teaneck. SINAI at Ma’ayanot, a special education high school for girls, provides highly individualized programming and specialized therapeutic services to meet students’ specific needs, utilizing a multi-sensory approach.

Strengthening Our Students’ Inner Flames

I assume that most people agree with the following premise: No two children are the same, and it is best to employ an individualized approach to both education and parenting. Children differ in their intellect, processing speed, disposition and, of course, ambition. One size does not fit all. Each child is a gem waiting to shine, and our job as educators and parents is to assure that they shine.

My SINAI Journey: A Parent's Story

I grew up in a world where there were no children with special needs.

There were stupid kids. Weird kids. Problem kids.

But kids with learning disabilities or autism? We never heard of that.

Kids who couldn’t keep up were sent to sit in the back of the classroom. They were teased, ridiculed and bullied. Occasionally they were even smacked around by their teachers.

This was the world of Jewish education that I remember from Brooklyn in the 1960s.

What Do I Want to Do When I Grow Up?

I grew up surrounded by the study of Torah, amidst a constant flow of people coming to learn in our home. I woke up early to the sound of my father’s learning, and I fell asleep to the tune of his laining practice. My father learned with me and my sister on a regular basis for all the years that we lived at home, with my mother encouraging us.  Both of my parents were powerful believers that everyone---boys and girls, no matter what their abilities---should have access to a strong Jewish education.

Stepping Outside Our Boxes

It’s been over 2 months since we initially began to socially distance.  As an educator, as a parent, and as a son, I can attest that this has been an extremely trying time.

A Sensational Salute to Superheroes

On Tuesday, April 28, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed a stunning show to honor the first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Flying in formation over Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, our country expressed our collective gratitude to and admiration for this exceptional group of people.