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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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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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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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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