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Jewish Standard Story Helps Sinai

Jewish Standard Story Helps Sinai, Holy Name Medical Center Program

By: Joanne Palmer
for The Jewish Standard/Times of Israel

Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck received a $10,000 donation from the Just Energy Foundation, to be used principally for programs run by the Sinai Schools.

Teaneck-based Sinai works with children with physical and developmental challenges, tailoring education specifically for each child and housing those programs in Jewish day schools. HNMC is the only hospital to provide vocational training for Sinai students, and it provides them with generous scholarship aid as well.

“We’re very excited to see that the positive impact of Holy Name’s partnership with the Sinai Schools has inspired support from our community,” Michael Maron, Holy Name’s CEO, said. The hospital is also helping to simplify access to healthcare for adult Sinai graduates who are living in supportive housing. In 2015, Holy Name Medical Center expanded its partnership with Sinai by establishing a scholarship program for tuition assistance so more families in need can afford to send their children to Sinai School.

Miriam Stiefel of Englewood, the director of Just Energy’s national affinity program, read the story that this newspaper wrote about the partnership between Sinai and Holy Name (“Refining a partnership,” November 6, 2015).

“I read the article,” Ms. Stiefel said. “It was an amazing story, really well-written, and I read it, and I was moved, and I saved it, and then I spoke to our foundation to see if we could support the program.”

She also was moved by the people she saw in the story’s photos. “I recognized Sammy — Sam Fishman,” she said. Mr. Fishman is Sinai’s managing director, he was also “one of my older brother’s friends, when I was little and we lived in Brooklyn. Once I saw his name, I knew exactly who he was.”

“I know that Sinai is a wonderful cause,” she continued. “I have friends who use Sinai, so I know how good it is, and how important.”

When she met Mr. Maron, Holy Name’s president and CEO, she was impressed by him. “He exudes warmth and caring,” she said. “And I was touched by how Mike wants to give back. He wants to make a difference — and he does.”

“We are absolutely delighted to make this donation to Holy Name Medical Center” Deb Merril, Just Energy’s co-chief executive officer, added. “Its collaboration with Sinai Schools, in particular, in helping to secure necessary medical and community resources for special needs students, fills a critical gap. This strongly reflects a guiding principle of the Just Energy Foundation to help ensure no one is turned away from the care and support they need and deserve due to financial hardship.”

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