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Saturday, June 23, 2018

(l-r) Sam Fishman, managing director, SINAI Schools; Esti Herman, chief development officer, SINAI Schools; Drs. Perla & Gerardo Yablonovich, SINAI honorees; Danny Federbush, vice president, SINAI Schools; and Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, dean, SINAI Schools.

Jack Bendheim, president, SAR Academy (SINAI’s newest Partner School), presenting award to SINAI honorees Ruthie and Chazan Shim Craimer.

Rabbi Mark Karasick, chairman, SINAI Schools, with honorees Amy and Dr. Joshua Fogelman.

Accepting SINAI School’s Community Partnership are (l-r) Lawrence Inserra III; Lindsey Inserra-Hughes; Marie Inserra; Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr.; and Inez Inserra. Far right: Longtime SINAI community partner Michael Maron, president & CEO of Holy Name Medical Center, presented the award.

SINAI honorees Shimmy Stein and Yaakov Guttman.

Chazan Shim Craimer performs with his two sons, Ben and Eli, as SINAI families join them onstage.

(Courtesy of SINAI Schools) On February 26, over 1,000 people—the largest crowd ever—gathered for SINAI’s annual benefit dinner at the Marriott Glenpointe Hotel in Teaneck. This year’s honorees were Ruthie and Chazan Shim Craimer of Riverdale, Amy and Dr. Joshua Fogelman of Fair Lawn, Dr. Perla and Dr. Gerardo Yablonovich of Englewood and SINAI alumnus and Bergenfield native Yaakov Guttman. SINAI also recognized Shimmy Stein of Bergenfield with the distinction of Shomer She’erit Yisrael. Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr., CEO and the Inserra family, of Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., received SINAI’s Community Partnership Award.

This year’s feature documentary, “Walking Through Fire,” tells the story of how honoree and SINAI alumnus Yaakov Guttman rose to overcome personal tragedy and significant learning disabilities to become a sergeant in charge of a sniper team in the Israel Defense Forces and to save lives as a firefighter in Tel Aviv. Following the film, Yaakov took the opportunity to express his gratitude to SINAI Schools for helping him realize his potential, and spoke movingly about his motivation for sharing his intimate story: to impact children who are struggling as he once did, and to give them and their parents hope for the future. You can watch the film at www.sinaischools.org/walkingthroughfire.

Guests at the dinner were also treated to an original SINAI music video, “Prayers From My Heart,” highlighting the range of students SINAI serves and the impact SINAI’s special education has on both students and their parents. SINAI’s dean, Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, spoke movingly of Rachel Schulman, a”h, one of SINAI’s cherished associate directors who passed away just weeks before the dinner, and introduced a stirring video tribute to Jake Weinstein, a”h, beloved associated director.

To see the films shown at the dinner, please visit www.sinaischools.org/dinner/video-gallery. For information or to make a donation, call 201-833-1134, ext. 105 or go to www.sinaischools.org.