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A Series of SINAI Stories

You have filtered our blog to view “A Season of SINAI Stories,” a compilation of stories released in 2021 in celebration of our 40th year. It is a collection of perspectives from parents, grandparents, alumni, and others whose lives have been impacted by SINAI since its inception in 1982. Enjoy these stories, or filter by a different topic of your choice.

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Esther and Jacob Schlanger
Former SINAI Parents

Tamar wanted a fairy tale wedding.  The beautiful flowing white dress, the big wedding cake, the simcha dancing.  A shiny part of that dream was a stretch limo to take...

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Jill Friedbauer
SINAI Parent

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.  It was our...

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Gaby Gotesman
Ma'ayanot High School student

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...

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Zev Rand
SINAI Maor Alumnus

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. For...

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Leah Commer
SINAI Teacher

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. Avi is only 20...

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

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.  Go to Notre Dame before the...

As Someone Who Never Attended SINAI
Tzvi Solomon
Alumnus of TABC

My parents did not send me to Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) for high school because TABC hosted a SINAI school.  But the life lessons that I learned from...

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Stephen Flatow
SINAI Grandparent

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....

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Avital Rubin
SINAI Parent

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...

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Sam Fishman
Managing Director, SINAI Schools

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...

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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 the work of many outstanding nonprofit organizations. As a Bergen County resident,...

It's All About The Children
Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs
Dean, SINAI Schools

Every day I am profoundly grateful for the interconnectedness of my personal and professional lives. One of my earliest memories is of lying in my bed as a 6 year...