Temple Sinai promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. The focal point for Temple Sinai’s accessibility and inclusion work is the committee known as “HINENI”, translated to mean HERE AM I. Members serving on the committee include people with disabilities; people with family members with disabilities; experts on disability issues, executive director and clergy who have a passion for innovation and inclusion. The HINENI COMMITTEE focuses on creating a culture of inclusion for all who wish to be part of Temple Sinai's community through inclusiveness, programming, innovative partnership, worship, creative physical plant efforts that provide accessibility beyond ADA or code.
All Temple Sinai Preschool teachers take accredited courses to recognize the red flags of a child who might be experiencing any kind of learning difference. There is an educational specialist on staff to evaluate if and when an issue is suspected. They conference with parents when it is felt that the child needs to be evaluated by a physical, occupational or speech therapist. Therapists are welcome to come during school hours to work with children either in the classroom or they have a private room where therapists can work on a one to one basis. All children are welcome and they will work to make their preschool experience educationally rich and fulfilling.
Temple Sinai Religious School welcomes children with all abilities. For many years there has been a Learning Resource Specialist (LRS) who is present during Sunday School (Kindergarten-6th grade) and on-call as a consultant to the midweek Hebrew School. This is the second year of having an additional Learning Resource Specialist who works with the teen population. The LRSs provide support not only to students and teachers but to parents and school administrators as well. Many children with disabilities have been proudly Confirmed and celebrated b’nei mitzvahs on Sinai’s bima. Temple Sinai encourages families to partner with the Sinai staff so that together they can determine how best to create a sense of community and inclusiveness as well as a love of Judaism for all children.