Project Chai Provides Crisis Support, Training, and Resources to Surfside Community

Chai Lifeline crisis team partners with local organizations to help mental health professionals and first responders process trauma and help others

Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma, and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline has partnered with the South Florida Jewish community to lend support and resources following the tragic building collapse in Surfside.

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Sullivan County Officials Visit Camp Simcha

New York State Senator Mike Martucci, Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, Under Sheriff Eric Chaboty, and Sullivan County Clerk Russel Reeves paid a special visit to Camp Simcha in Glen Spey, NY on Monday, July 12. The local state and county officials toured the camp facilities, met with campers, staff, and counselors, and even got in on the excitement as the camp prepared to welcome campers for the session.

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Kids4Chai Celebrates In Brooklyn

What does it take to bring 500 students from six different schools together? An exciting trip — and an amazing cause. 

On June 7, the grounds of Adventurer’s Park in Brooklyn were filled with girls. Different uniforms, different schools, all there for the same reason. Each had joined Kids4Chai, a program encouraging kids to raise money for Chai Lifeline. 

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Bike4Chai Gears Up for Record Number of Riders

As the country reopens following more than a year of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, people are ready to hit the road… for a good cause. On July 29, a record 600 cyclists will ride close to 60,000 miles to support children with serious illnesses as part of Bike4Chai. Now in its 12th year, the annual cycling event raises funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network which provides social, practical, and financial assistance to children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses and their families. 

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A Tribute to Donny Morris a”h and the i-Shine Community

Submitted by an anonymous i-Shine Teaneck parent

Last Friday, I went for a walk in the rain.  As the rain poured down on me and the wind blew hard against my face, I felt as though the earth was feeling my emotions with me.  And I still was yet to make the even more personal connection to sweet Donny Morris a”h.  In her eulogy, Donny’s mother sought to capture the essence of her beloved son and cited qualities and experiences to be remembered.  Among them was his devotion to i-Shine, Chai Lifeline’s afterschool program for children living with illness or loss in their family.  Donny, it turns out, spent his high school senior year hanging out twice a week after school with my children.  I feel it is befitting to note, from my perspective, what that meant.

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Mothers of Chai Lifeline

Chai Lifeline pays tribute to our heroic mothers in honor of the upcoming Mothers Day

Ora Lasko, Chai Lifeline Southeast

Suspecting that there is something wrong with your child is something that keeps you up late at night worrying. But actually receiving the news that there IS in fact something wrong with your child is enough to break a parent’s heart. 

Getting the news that our son, Jake, had a rare genetic mutation called Hao-Fountain Syndrome at only eight months old completely turned my world upside down. In all the ways I’ve imagined my life, I have never thought having a special needs child would be part of the picture. It was something that I had to quickly learn to process and accept and then we had to figure out how our family was going to adapt to this diagnosis and how we were going to change our priorities.

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In Days Following Meron Tragedy, Signs Emerge of Mental Health Impact in Communities Across the Globe

Chai Lifeline’s Crisis Intervention Team Responding to Hundreds of Requests Per Day

Despite occurring in a relatively remote location in Northern Israel, the global impact of the tragedy in Meron, the most devastating civilian disaster in Israel’s modern history, is like few tragedies in recent memory.  Both the very extent of the losses and injuries and the fact that a beloved annual Lag Baomer celebration turned into a horrific event, is leading to an uptick in requests for mental health support in Jewish communities and schools across the globe.

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Coping With The Tragedy in Meron

Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, director of Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma, and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline, offers practical suggestions and guidelines following the horrific tragedy in Meron. If you have any questions or are in need of guidance, contact Project Chai’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 855-3-CRISIS or email

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Chai Lifeline Midwest Launches “Community of Hope” Campaign on May 9

36-hour fundraiser will benefit local children with serious illnesses and their families

Chai Lifeline Midwest will launch it’s 36-hour “Community of Hope” campaign on Sunday, May 9 at 12 PM CT to help local children and families confronting illness and loss. The funds raised will benefit Chai Lifeline families in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, providing them with more than two-dozen, year-round Chai Lifeline programs and services, including: case management and counseling, emergency financial assistance, home and hospital respite, transportation to medical appointments, insurance advocacy, big brothers and sisters, i-Shine after school programming, recreational activities and family retreats, peer support groups, Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall trip to Israel for teens, Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special medically supervised summer programs for children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses, as well as the newly-launched Chicago-based Camp Simcha Without Borders.

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Chai Lifeline Delivers Simcha to Thousands This Purim

While every family looks forward to celebrating Purim, the work involved in preparing for the joyous holiday can oftentimes be stressful. For families living with pediatric illness, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic, this time of year can be especially challenging. Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health network, offers a variety of programs and services to help its nearly 6,000 children and families with their everyday needs and truly enjoy their Purim.

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