Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha Without Borders to Support More Than 600 Children in Communities Across North America

Three years after its initial launch during the heart of the COVID pandemic, Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network, is once again preparing to bring Camp Simcha Without Borders to more than 600 children living with serious illnesses across North America.

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Englewood Community Hosts Inspiring Chai Lifeline Shabbaton 

The Englewood community hosted Chai Lifeline’s annual Friends and Fun Shabbaton on May 5-6, bringing together over 63 girls impacted by pediatric illness and a dedicated group of local volunteers. The uplifting Shabbaton was organized by committee members Lori Schlakman, Deborah Berger, and Jodi Cohen and featured a packed schedule of speakers, activities, and delicious meals.  

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Chai Lifeline and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Present Inflammatory Bowel Disease Webinar

Chai Lifeline, the leading Jewish pediatric health support network, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is excited to announce an upcoming webinar titled “An Evening of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Very Early Onset IBD (VEO-IBD) Education.” This informative event will feature expert speakers from CHOP and provide an in-depth look at IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and disproportionately affects Ashkenazi Jews.

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Pesach is a time of joy and celebration for many families, but for those impacted by illness, trauma, or loss it can be a difficult and challenging time. Fortunately, Chai Lifeline is there to offer support and make Yom Tov a little bit easier for families in need. From family programming and financial assistance to meal deliveries and car cleanings, Chai Lifeline regions across the country helped alleviate stress and elevate the holiday for thousands of families.  

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Camp Simcha Named Among Newsweek’s “Best Summer Camps”

Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s flagship summer program for children and teens with cancer, disabilities, and other serious illnesses, is proud to announce its selection as one of the top 500 summer camps in the United States, according to Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group’s “America’s Best Summer Camps 2023.”

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Chai Lifeline Hosts Weekend Retreat for Families Living with Cancer at Camp Simcha

Summer camp campuses often lay quiet during the cold winter months, but Camp Simcha’s sprawling 125-acre campus in upstate New York was filled with laughter, friendship, and learning this past weekend for the Chai Lifeline LH Financial Services National Retreat for families living with pediatric cancer. Families from across North America had an opportunity to connect with other Chai Lifeline families facing similar challenges, gaining support from their peers while tapping into the knowledge of a team of professionals, to help navigate their medical journey.

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A Legacy of Caring and Compassion: Remembering Dr. Van Z”L

The Camp Simcha Special Family mourns the recent passing of Dr. Robert Van Amerongen Z”L, medical director of Camp Simcha Special. Dr. Van, as he was lovingly known by campers and staff alike, helped lead the Camp Simcha Special medical program since its inception in 2001. His kindness, warmth, sense of humor, and gentle manner were an inspiration to all who knew him. As we mourn his passing, we also remember Dr. Van’s legacy of caring and compassion, and the impact he had on the lives of so many.

Rivkah Reichmann, LCSW, associate director of Camp Simcha Special, shared her memories of her dear colleague and friend, Dr.Van.

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Chai Lifeline Crisis and Trauma Team Expands its Support Across South Florida

Chai Lifeline’s crisis and trauma response team continues to grow and expand its network of support in South Florida. In recent weeks, Chai Lifeline Southeast presented a series of lectures, workshops, and events for local rabbis, educators, mental health professionals, and community leaders on various trauma-related topics.

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Chai Lifeline Names Drs. Scott Moerdler and Joe Oved as New Co-Medical Directors of Camp Simcha

Following a nationwide search of leading physicians, Chai Lifeline, the leading children’s health support network, is pleased to announce the appointment of Drs. Scott Moerdler and Joe Oved as the new Co-Medical Directors of Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s world-renowned summer program for children with cancer and other blood disorders.

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Team Lifeline Celebrates 18 Years of Inspiration and Impact at Miami Marathon

When 16-year-old Rivka Shotkin of Passaic, NJ, crossed the finish line at the 2023 Miami Marathon, she did so to the cheers of hundreds of supporters. Paralyzed from the chest down after a ski accident in 2021 that left her with broken bones, punctured lungs, and a severed spinal cord, Rivka was surrounded by family and friends running alongside as she pushed her wheelchair to the encouraging chants of her teammates.

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