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By Abigail Hepner Gross, Director of Communications on Feb 3, 2017
I was honored to be invited to the Bat Mitzvah of one of our students a few weeks ago, a girl who has the most beautiful face and angelic smile. She has tremendous difficulty making eye contact—I wonder how the photos will come out, because she usually can’t even look at a camera to take a picture. And she has a lot of difficulty putting her words together. She speaks very softly—at just over a whisper, and often struggles to find the words she is looking for. There were at least two tables of her teachers at the Bat Mitzvah. The family had invited not only friends, but all of...
By Rabbi Haim Jachter on Jan 26, 2017
It is the terrifying news no parent ever wants to hear—“It is likely your child will be born with Down’s Syndrome.” After telling these life-altering words to us, the physician proceeded to seek to persuade us to consider an abortion. He outlined the many difficulties and poor quality of life faced by those afflicted with Down’s Syndrome, all the while pointing us in the direction of an abortion. My wife and I responded immediately and resolutely that we would not abort the child. After hearing the infant’s heartbeat in utero, we would not consider even for a second the option of an abortion...
By Alisa Salamon, Speech Therapist on Dec 13, 2016
This year we started the "Givers’ Club" at our school at RYNJ, as a way to work with our students on their social skills, pragmatic learning, and speech and language skills.  The students discuss what it means to do Chesed, and the different ways to be a Giver---donating money, working for a cause, visiting an old age home, cleaning up a park, etc.  Ultimately, as a group they will pick a few projects to follow up with over the course of the year.  This month, at the younger childrens' "Giver's Club" meeting, the students decided to make a Chanukah toy drive their first...
By Jewish Standard on Dec 6, 2016
On November 16, Sinai Schools held a ceremony celebrating Lawrence B. Benenson’s donation of a new wheelchair accessible van. In September, Sinai opened its sixth school, the Karasick Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck. The new school is for young men, 18 to 21 years old, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because vocational training is a major component of the new school’s curriculum, and because some of its students are mobility-challenged, transportation was needed to get them to their work training sites. Real estate developer and philanthropist Lawrence...
By JLNJ Staff on Dec 1, 2016
On November 16, SINAI Schools held a dedication ceremony celebrating the donation of a new wheelchair-accessible van to the school by Lawrence B. Benenson of Benenson Capital Partners. This past September, SINAI opened their sixth school, SINAI’s Karasick Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah, which serves boys ages 18-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vocational training is a major component of the curriculum at SINAI Shalem High School, and while there was a wheelchair-accessible van at one of SINAI’s other schools, the new school also has students with mobility...
By Joanne Palmer on Nov 21, 2016
Sinai Schools, which provides personally tailored education to students with special needs in six day schools in New Jersey, is working with SAR Academy in Riverdale, N.Y., to establish a pilot program there. The program, its founders say, will open in the fall of 2018, and at first will accept 6- to 8-year-olds with a wide range of developmental disabilities and complex learning challenges. The next year, if all goes according to plan, the school will expand SAR, like the other schools that partner with Sinai, is a modern Orthodox day school. “Its philosophy and approach to education...
By Rabbi Yehoshua Gold, Assistant Director, Maor at RKYHS on Nov 9, 2016
Many students from Modern Orthodox High Schools choose to spend a year learning in Israel after graduation, commonly known as the “Gap Year.” This is no different for our students at SINAI’s Maor High School, although we spend extra time helping them find a program that will be sensitive to their learning differences or social difficulties.  The year in Israel provides a really important capstone to the learning our students have engaged in while in high school, and the love for Israel that we strive to instill in them.  Walking through the streets of Jerusalem, seeing the places...
By Esther Klavan, Director, SINAI Shalem High School at TABC on Oct 6, 2016
It is widely known among educators that students learn through a variety of modalities. Some students’ learning styles are obvious to the observer taking a sneak peek into a classroom setting, while other styles take some creativity to unwrap and discover.  The most common modalities through which individuals best learn are: visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. By determining the styles through which students best absorb content and skills, educators can tailor lessons to allow for optimal learning and success.Take the visual learner. He is the student who just needs to see the...
By Anonymous on Sep 23, 2016
Another beautiful note from a happy mother, as her son settles into high school at SINAI:Just want to let you all know that L is doing absolutely amazing, he exceeded all my expectations! We are already talking about the possibility of mainstreaming him to his first academic class, way ahead of schedule. I have NEVER seen him so ecstatically happy! He told me yesterday "I think things are finally looking up for me."Thank you all for taking a chance, believing in him, and giving him this wonderful opportunity and a bright future. I now only have happy tears of Joy! We will be forever grateful...
By The Jewish Week on Sep 13, 2016
At a Bergen County glatt supermarket, students from a nearby school for the developmentally disabled gain vocational and life skills.Grand and Essex Glatt Kosher Supermarket in Bergenfield, N.J., has all the luxuries of a modern gourmet market: beautifully prepared foods, fresh fish and meats, a bakery, sushi and a plentiful health and beauty section. But what customers comment on is the “Old World” feeling of the store — a place where the owners and employees go that extra mile to show their customers that they care. When it’s time for festive Jewish holidays like Chanukah and Purim, the...

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