Students, Alumni, and Parents Speak

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Reuvy K.
SINAI Alumnus

When I went to SINAI in sixth grade, it was a huge leap from public school, where I went for elementary. I had to wake up much earlier than before....

Menashe S.
SINAI Maor Class of 2015

From a speech given by Menashe in December 2022: I am a proud graduate of Maor High school. Maor was a savior for me.  Before I came to Maor, I...

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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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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...

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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...

A-Parents’-Story
Rabbi Yehuda and Laurie Minchenberg
SINAI Parents

We are blessed to have a beautiful family, with six wonderful children.  Four of them have special needs. A story we heard long ago about the Netziv, Rav Naftali Zvi...

My Experience with Yachad Birthright Israel
Aryeh Mack
SINAI student

About three years ago, I started thinking about Birthright. I found the website for Taglit-Birthright Israel, also known as Birthright Israel or simply Birthright, a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors...

Our Chessed Mission to New Orleans
Yaffa Elyakin

Thank you Yachad NJ and NCSY for sponsoring this Chessed mission to New Orleans. Here’s what one of our students wrote about her experience:  I joined Yachad and Ma’ayanot students...

My SINAI Schools Story
Aryeh Mack
SINAI student

SINAI Schools has had such a strong impact on my life, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. I started SINAI when I was in first grade...