Sinai Schools dedicates wheelchair accessible van
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Sinai Schools dedicates wheelchair accessible van

From left, Zakary Katzman of Benenson Capital Partners; Sam Fishman, Sinai’s managing director; Diane Lempert of Bear Givers; Sinai’s dean, Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs; dean emeritus Laurette Rothwachs; Sinai’s chief development officer, Esti Herman, and Joe Sprung of Bear Givers.
From left, Zakary Katzman of Benenson Capital Partners; Sam Fishman, Sinai’s managing director; Diane Lempert of Bear Givers; Sinai’s dean, Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs; dean emeritus Laurette Rothwachs; Sinai’s chief development officer, Esti Herman, and Joe Sprung of Bear Givers.

On November 16, Sinai Schools held a ceremony celebrating Lawrence B. Benenson’s donation of a new wheelchair accessible van.

In September, Sinai opened its sixth school, the Karasick Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck. The new school is for young men, 18 to 21 years old, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Laurette Rothwachs; Rabbi Rothwachs; Jordan Silvestri, the director of Sinai Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck, and Heichal HaTorah’s rosh yeshiva and dean, Rabbi Aryeh Stechler.(Photos courtesy Sinai Schools)
Laurette Rothwachs; Rabbi Rothwachs; Jordan Silvestri, the director of Sinai Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck, and Heichal HaTorah’s rosh yeshiva and dean, Rabbi Aryeh Stechler. (Photos courtesy Sinai Schools)

Because vocational training is a major component of the new school’s curriculum, and because some of its students are mobility-challenged, transportation was needed to get them to their work training sites. Real estate developer and philanthropist Lawrence B. Benenson of Benenson Capital Partners donated $43,000 to allow the school to buy a new wheelchair accessible van before the beginning of this school year.

From left, Sam Fishman and Rabbi Rothwachs join Jason Shames, the CEO and executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
From left, Sam Fishman and Rabbi Rothwachs join Jason Shames, the CEO and executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

Zakary Katzman represented Benenson Capital Partners at the ceremony on Mr. Benenson’s behalf. A Sinai student gave a d’var Torah, and Esti Herman, Sinai’s chief development officer, made a presentation.

Among the community members at the dedication were Jason Shames, CEO and executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey; Joe Sprung, the chairman and founder of Bear Givers, and Diane Lempert, its president. Bear Givers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children who face challenges, including special needs or illness.

A dessert reception followed.

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