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.

“One of the messages of Chanukah is about bringing light to the darkness,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “The mission of Chai Lifeline is to help bring light to those that are in the darkness. To bring joy, happiness, and support to those who need it most. This Chanukah party exemplifies all that our dedicated staff and volunteers do throughout the year on behalf of our families.”

Following a buffet dinner, children took part in arts and crafts, face painting, magic and bubble shows, prize giveaways, and more. Yitzy Haber of The Shnitzel Guys emceed the jam-packed party, which featured a comedy stunt show by Wacky Chad and a rocking concert by Yoni Z.

“We all had a great time!” said one Chai Lifeline mother. “The kids—and us—enjoyed the loads of entertainment. They were so happy with all you had in store for them. There was something for everyone. Our kids look forward to this all year. They may be little, but they are not too little to feel your love!”

“Not only did all my children have such a great time but they also came away from this with a more meaningful look on life,” said another mother. “Thank you for making Chanukah so special for our entire family!”

Chanukah parties and events will take place across Chai Lifeline’s various U.S. and international regions and more than 50,000 toys will be distributed to children and families around the world this Chanukah season.

Chai Lifeline is a leading international children’s health support network, providing critical support to children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses and their families. To learn more or to make a donation, visit www.chailifeline.org

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 and the Ellman family, 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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Cancer Survivor Runs For Charity

While tens of thousands of runners prepped and waited for the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 7, one runner, 28-year-old Jonah Adelsberg, looked forward to a special milestone just three days later.  

November 10 marked 20 years since Jonah was diagnosed with non-Hodgins lymphoma at age 8, and when he began mentally training for a marathon.

Now managing a music studio in Brooklyn, NY, Jonah dedicated his marathon run to raise funds for Chai Lifeline, the international health network that provides a network of support services for children and families facing serious illness and other challenges. Over the years he and his father ran numerous half-marathons with Team Lifeline, Chai Lifeline’s endurance training program, raising over $100,000 for the organization that he credits with helping him get through his personal health crisis. This was Jonah’s first full marathon, and where better to run it than at the famed NYC Marathon, a bucket list item for Jonah and millions of others.

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Camp Simcha Alumnus Runs Marathon

Among the thousands of runners in the New York Marathon, there are countless stories of courage and motivation that bring them to the starting line.  But for 24-year-old Yitzi Teichman, the path to this moment has been nothing short of miraculous and motivated his run with the Chai Lifeline team, the organization that he says helped him get through his personal ordeal.

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Chai Lifeline November 16 Gala Offers Inspiration and Entertainment

Benefit will feature one-of-a-kind kosher culinary experience presented by Wolfgang Puck and musical performance by Ishay Ribo

Chai Lifeline will celebrate its 2021 Annual Gala on Tuesday, November 16, at Pier Sixty in New York City. The program, titled “An Evening on the Hudson,” will highlight the critical work of Chai Lifeline, the Jewish community’s leading children’s health support network, and benefit families living with serious illness, crisis, and loss.

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Governor Phil Murphy Visit Chai Lifeline NJ Offices

On Tuesday, October 19, Governor Phil Murphy visited the Chai Lifeline New Jersey offices in Lakewood, where he met with children and families supported by the international children’s health support network, as well as staff and volunteers. The governor was presented with a special Chai Lifeline shirt signed by the children of Chai Lifeline. 

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CHAI LIFELINE APPOINTS THREE NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD

Mayer Fischl, Moshe Klein and Shalom Stein Join Board of Directors

Chai Lifeline is pleased to announce the recent appointments of Mayer Fischl, Moshe Klein and Shalom Stein to its Board of Directors. The three Lakewood, NJ residents are all longtime supporters of Chai Lifeline and have played active roles in the organization over the years.

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CHAI LIFELINE FAMILIES CELEBRATE SUKKOS WITH A DAY AT HERSHEY PARK

More than 1,100 Chai Lifeline children and families were treated to an exciting day at Hershey Park on Thursday, September 23, Chol Hamoed Sukkos. Participants from Chai Lifeline’s New York, New Jersey/Pennsylvania, and Mid-Atlantic regions enjoyed rides, entertainment and delicious snacks courtesy of Chai lifeline.  

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