More than 900 people came together to eat, talk, and raise funds for the Sinai Schools as it held its annual benefit dinner on February 26 at the Marriott Glenpointe Hotel in Teaneck. This year’s honorees were Ilana and Adam Chill of New Rochelle; Malca and Rabbi Chaim Jachter of Teaneck; Esther and Moshe Muschel of Englewood, and Orit and Moshe Zharnest of Fair Lawn. The Chills and Jachters are parents of Sinai students.
The program illustrated the breadth of services Sinai provides and the wide range of students it helps. Menashe Shershow, a Sinai alumnus who now is studying psychology at the Honors College at the University of Hartford, talked about stigma and inclusion, and the role Sinai played in his life. Parent and honoree Ilana Chill spoke about what it is like to be the parent of a child with special needs. Sinai’s dean, Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, and Michael Maron, CEO and President of Holy Name Medical Center, discussed “Breaking Barriers in Care,” a new program developed in partnership for Holy Name’s Institute for Simulation Training, to sensitize healthcare professionals to the needs of people with developmental disabilities and to improve patient care.
This year’s feature documentary, “Jacob’s Footprints,” tells the story of Jacob Adler, a Sinai student with cerebral palsy who inspires everyone who meets him.
To see the speeches and films shown at the dinner, go to www.sinaischools.org/2017-dinner-videos. For information or to make a donation, call (201) 833-1134, ext. 105, or go to www.sinaischools.org.