Ribbon-cutting celebrates renaming of Cross River SINAI School at RYNJ

By: Jewish Standard Staff
for The Jewish Standard/Times of Israel
Cross River CEO Gilles Gade stands with students at Sinai at RYNJ in 2019. (Sinai Schools)

More than 60 people celebrated the renaming of the Cross River Sinai School at RYNJ at a ribbon-cutting and celebratory breakfast held by Cross River and Sinai Schools at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey on Sunday, Sept. 11.

From left, Sinai’s president, Avi Vogel, its dean, Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, its chair, Rabbi Mark Karasick, and its managing director, Sam Fishman, watch as Miriam L. Wallach, Cross River’s head of social responsibility, cuts the ribbon celebrating the school’s renaming. (Kenneth Brown)

The renaming honors the partnership between the Foundation@ Cross River and Sinai Schools. The relationship began in 2019 with the Cross River Scholarship Fund at Sinai Schools. The celebration, which featured the screening of the Sinai documentary “In the Blink of an Eye,” included remarks by Sinai’s president, Avi Vogel, River Edge Councilwoman Michelle Kaufman, Sinai’s dean, Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, its managing director, Sam Fishman, and Cross River’s head of social responsibility, Miriam L. Wallach.

Sinai student Yoel Feder, the star of Sinai’s 2022 documentary, “In the Blink of an Eye,” stands between his mother, Michelle Feder, and Linda Karasick. From left, his grandparents, Robert and Linda Kinzelberg, and Sinai’s chair, Rabbi Mark Karasick, look on. (Kenneth Brown)

“Founded in 2008 on the tenets of giving, providing access, and community, Cross River is always looking for ways to give back and make a positive impact,” Phil Goldfeder, Cross River’s senior vice president for global public affairs, said. “We are especially focused on partnering with organizations that strive to better our community, through our giving arm, Foundation@, and we could think of no better organization that embodies this than Sinai. Cross River and Sinai both value kindness, compassion, community service, and finding creative ways to help others thrive. We are humbled to be a community partner.”


At the celebration, top row, from left: Sinai board members S. David Shapiro and Micah Kaufman, Cross River’s Elliot Rothschild, Rabbi Rothwachs, Mr. Fishman, Cross River’s Joel Richter, Rabbi Karasick, Sinai vice president Danny Federbush, and Mr. Vogel. Seated, from left: Sinai vice president Esther Lerer, Ms. Wallach, Sinai associate managing director Arielle Greenbaum Saposh, and Cross River Sinai School at RYNJ’s director, Marcy Glicksman. (Kenneth Brown)

“Cross River’s kindness and compassion, through the scholarship fund you established at Sinai, has made a Sinai education feasible for many children,” Sinai’s managing director, Sam Fishman, said. “And now, through the generosity of your naming gift, we will be able to help so many more children.”

To contribute to the Cross River Scholarship Fund at Sinai Schools, go to www.sinaischools.org/crossriver.

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