Staff Spotlight: Dr. Cheryl Book, Chai Lifeline Director of Clinical & Family Services

I first got involved in Chai Lifeline in 2001 as a camper at Camp Simcha when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. From that first experience, I knew that once I was well, I wanted to give back and help others as I had been helped by Chai Lifeline. A few years later, I became a Camp Simcha counselor and then a division head, and I knew I wanted to incorporate this passion into my career. After graduating with a PhD in psychology, I interned for the Chai Lifeline crisis and bereavement team, and then went on to become the director of clinical & family services for the Chai Lifeline’s Greater New York region.

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Frenkel Family and Toms River Community Welcome Camp Simcha Kids for Chai Lifeline Shabbaton

On January 7-8, Mr. and Mrs. Yechiel Mayer (a.k.a. Franky) Frenkel, along with the Toms River Community hosted an unforgettable Chai Lifeline Shabbaton for 70 Camp Simcha boys and staff.The boys arrived on Friday afternoon to a welcome party where they reminisced about camp, connected with old friends, and received special gift bags full of goodies and toys. The event was fully medically-supervised, with a paramedic, 4 nurses, and 3 Camp Simcha division heads led by Rabbi Duvy Feiler on hand.

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Chai Lifeline Kids Enjoy Inside Look at World of Fashion

On Monday, December 20, luxury fashion brand Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman welcomed a group of Chai Lifeline girls impacted by pediatric illness to visit its Manhattan showroom and get an inside look at the world of fashion. The event was coordinated and led by Teri Jon Creative Director Leora Mishan who spoke about the process of fashion design and the power of taking ideas and insight from all around. The girls then enjoyed light refreshments before leaving for the Chai Lifeline New York office for lunch.

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Chai Lifeline Southeast Hosts Young Professionals Event

On December 9, Chai Lifeline Southeast hosted over 150 young professionals for an inspirational and informative night out.  The event, at The Vault in Hollywood, Florida, featured a delicious dinner from SoHo and a presentation by Matthew Weisbaum, director of Chai Lifeline Southeast. Participants heard about the impact Chai Lifeline has on children and families struggling with pediatric illness, while connecting with like-minded peers in support of a great cause. 

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Chai Lifeline to Accept Cryptocurrency Donations

For the first time, donors can now make a tax-deductible gift of popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, to Chai Lifeline, the Jewish community’s leading international children’s health network.

Utilizing The Giving Block platform to process all transactions simply and safely, donors can select from a wide variety of cryptocurrencies to support Chai Lifeline in any amount they want.

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More Than 300 Take Part in Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic Chanukah Party

More than 300 people from across the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area took part in the annual Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic Chanukah Party at the Bais Yaakov High School in Baltimore on Sunday, November 28. The event included a magic show, musical entertainment, and a full buffet meal for children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses and their families. 

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Chai Lifeline Families Set Sail into Chanukah Spirit with Simcha Cruise

Children with serious illness and their families got into the Chanukah spirit with Chai Lifeline’s first-ever Simcha Cruise on Sunday night, November 21. More than 1,200 participants from across the tri-state area enjoyed delicious food, exciting games and activities, and breathtaking Hudson River views of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty aboard the three-story luxury yacht. The Chanukah Party was sponsored by Cross River Bank.

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Chai Lifeline West Coast to Celebrate A Night of Champions at December 15 Virtual Gala

Chai Lifeline West Coast presents its first-ever virtual gala on Wednesday, December 15 at 8 PM. The program, titled “A Night of Champions” will honor Los Angeles residents Drs. Atara and Dael Geft,  Chai Lifeline family Jonathan, Naama, Aya and Ari Ellman, and will pay tribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The online event will feature guest appearances by comedian Elon Gold and Jeopardy! Host Mayim Bialik. 

“The story of Chai Lifeline and the tremendous impact we have on children and families dealing with illness and loss is one of community,” said Director of Chai Lifeline West Coast, Randi Grossman. “This Gala is a tribute to our community of champions who make the life-changing work of Chai Lifeline possible.”    

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HUNDREDS CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT CHAI LIFELINE AT NYC GALA

Inspiring program features Chef Wolfgang Puck and Musical Performance by Yishai Ribo

Providing further hope that the social world we once knew is returning to a degree of normalcy, one of the Jewish fundraising calendar’s most sought-after events took place this week as over 800 people gathered in support of the work of Chai Lifeline.

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Chai Lifeline Retreats Give Families Opportunity to Recharge and Reconnect

Chai Lifeline ends off the year with a series of weekend retreats for families impacted by pediatric illness and volunteers of Chai Lifeline.  Hosted on Chai Lifeline’s beautiful Camp Simcha campus in Glen Spey, NY, the retreats help recharge participants for the year ahead. 

“Connection is vital during illness, no person or family should go through sickness alone,” said Chai Lifeline Director of Volunteer Services Faige Yudkofsky. “Our retreats allow parents and kids to connect with people just like them to form a vibrant community of support.”

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