SINAI STORIES THROUGH THE WRITTEN WORD

Feb 18, 2021

Opening Hearts and Minds at SINAI by Joanne Palmer for The Jewish Standard

It’s fair to say that the Sinai Schools both benefited from and contributed to the societal changes that started to nibble away at some of the stigma surrounding special education...

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Feb 18, 2021

ALONG FOR THE RIDE ON SINAI’S ‘JOURNEYS’ By Elizabeth Kratz for The Jewish Link

In last week’s paper, my family enjoyed the final article in “A Season of SINAI Stories,” an uplifting piece by Esther and Jacob Schlanger, who accompanied their daughter Tamar to the marriage canopy in 2017. Tamar, who married Chaim...

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Feb 8, 2021

Saw You At SINAI: A Parent's Story By Esther and Jacob Schlanger

Tamar wanted a fairy tale wedding.  The beautiful flowing white dress, the big wedding cake, the simcha dancing...

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Feb 5, 2021

How SINAI grew...lovingly: By Joanne Palmer for The Jewish Standard

As all sorts of nonprofit institutions — local, national, and international, Jewish and non-Jewish — try to figure out how to raise the money that they need to keep going, many of them have done a great deal of thinking about how best to explain who they are, what their mission is, and in general what drives them...

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Feb 1, 2021

Finding Her Voice: A Parent's Story by Jill Friedbauer

Our weekly parenting group meeting was rolling along as it usually did---chit-chat, joking, complaining, noshing---when my phone rang, and I immediately excused myself to speak in private...

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Jan 25, 2021

How I Got Here: An Alumnus' Story by Zev Rand

There are some kids who struggle in a class or two, but are able to get the extra help they need to stay in a mainstream Jewish Day School...

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Jan 22, 2021

Helping the SINAI Schools Grow: By Joanne Palmer for The Jewish Standard

When people talk about something as having a lot of moving parts, unless they’re actually talking about a piece of machinery, usually they’re being metaphoric...

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Jan 18, 2021

My Friend Tova: A Ma'ayanot Student's Story By Gaby Gotesman

If I told you that my friend FaceTimes me when she’s bored and fills me in on her day, you might think she’s like any other phone-loving teenager. If I said she has super trendy glasses and bangs I wish I could pull off, you might wonder if she’s interested in fashion....

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Jan 11, 2021

Coming Full Circle: A Sister's Story by Leah Commer

For as long as I can remember, I knew my brother wasn’t like other kids his age. There was something very special but different about him...

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Jan 4, 2021

Advice to Past Me: An Alumnus' Story by Judah Lazar Gross

I have a lot of advice for Past Me, but if we’re playing the time-travel game, I’m going to be practical: invest in Zoom...

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Dec 28, 2020

My SINAI Education: As Someone Who Never Attended SINAI by Tzvi Solomon

My parents did not send me to Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) for high school because TABC hosted a...

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Dec 21, 2020

We Each Have A Purpose: A Parent's Story by Rabbi Yehuda and Laurie Minchenberg

We are blessed to have a beautiful family, with six wonderful children.  Four of them have special needs...

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Dec 18, 2020

How the SINAI Schools Started: By Joanne Palmer for The Jewish Standard

This pandemic year, we are telling the story of the Sinai Schools by installment.

That’s unusual. We’re not big on serializing — we’re a weekly newspaper, not a Victorian publisher — and Sinai usually gears itself up for its huge annual dinner....

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Dec 14, 2020

Life is Not a Game of Monopoly: A Grandparent's Story by Stephen Flatow

Growing up we are taught that if one is good, two is even better. A double portion of dessert, two-for-one ticket prices, two scoops of ice cream---you get the message. But what happens when that double portion is an extra chromosome? The answer is simple but very complicated at the same time: it’s called Down’s Syndrome.

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Dec 7, 2020

I am a Rock: A Parent’s Story by Avital Rubin

When I was a child my mother used to spin her favorite records for us at home all the time. As a child of the 70’s, she loved folk music and played all sorts of records for us...

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Dec 4, 2020
Dec 4, 2020

Introducing a Season of SINAI Stories by Elizabeth Kratz for The Jewish Link

During my time at The Jewish Link, I’ve been blessed to meet many people and get to know...

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Dec 4, 2020

It's All About the Children By Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs

Every day I am profoundly grateful for the interconnectedness of my personal and professional lives...

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Dec 1, 2020

My SINAI Journey - A Parent's Story by Sam Fishman

I grew up in a world where there were no children with special needs. There were stupid kids. Weird kids. Problem kids...

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