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Renowned Photographer Davis Factor Introduces “Faces of Hope” Exhibition

Portraits Depict Power of Chai Lifeline, Celebrate Hope in The Face of Challenge

The Museum of Tolerance is proud to present Davis Factor’s Faces of Hope: Portraits Celebrating Hope in the Face of Challenge. This exhibition presents artworks comprising of over 70 stunning photographs depicting the power of Chai Lifeline, an organization that strives to transform the lives of seriously ill children by encouraging them to keep dreaming.

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Tour de Simcha Cyclists Set Sights on World’s Greatest Finish Line

Hundreds to take part in annual all-women’s ride to benefit Chai Lifeline

On July 16, more than 200 women will clip in and ride 100 miles as part of Tour de Simcha. The annual, all-female cycling event benefits Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network which provides emotional, social, and financial support to children with serious illness and their families. 

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Grandchildren in Crisis

Chai Lifeline presents “Grandchildren in Crisis,” a discussion with Rabbi Lipa Geldwerth, Rov of Khal Kol Torah in Brooklyn, and renowned psychologist Dr. David Pelcovitz. The wide-ranging talk will examine the role of grandparents with grandchildren undergoing traumatic experiences—such as addiction, serious illness, bereavement or their parents’ divorce—through a hashkafic, halachic and psychological lens. read full story

Chai Lifeline Introduces Young Builders Society

Program will offer young professionals the opportunity to get involved and play an active role in the future of Chai Lifeline

Chai Lifeline is pleased to introduce the Young Builders Society. Designed for the next generation of lay leadership and emerging philanthropists, the program is geared towards young professionals who are committed to Chai Lifeline’s mission of bringing hope and joy to seriously ill children and their families. read full story

Chai Lifeline Warriors Meet the Mets

This week, New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen hosted a group of Chai Lifeline Warriors at a game for an experience they’ll never forget.

⚾️ Meet the Mets!General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen hosted a group of Chai Lifeline Warriors at a recent New York Mets game for an experience they'll never forget. Special thanks to Chuteplus and former NBA player Jamel Thomas.

Posted by Chai Lifeline on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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CHAI LIFELINE PROVIDES CRISIS INTERVENTION, SUPPORT IN AFTERMATH OF POWAY SYNAGOGUE ATTACK

Continuing her legacy of caring for others, family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye z”l establishes Memorial Fund at Chai Lifeline  

Chai Lifeline mourns the tragic loss of Lori Gilbert Kaye z”l, who was murdered in the horrific April 27 attack at Chabad of Poway Synagogue, and prays for the speedy recovery of all those injured.

Lori Gilbert-Kaye z”l

“Chai Lifeline stands in solidarity with the Jewish community of San Diego during this difficult time and we express our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all impacted,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chief Executive Officer of Chai Lifeline. “This heinous act of violence and anti-Semitism has shaken our community, and we encourage anyone in need to avail themselves of Chai Lifeline’s resources.” read full story

Chai Lifeline Winter Retreat Gives Families Inspiration and Tools to Cope With Pediatric Illness

The Chai Lifeline Annual LH Financial Winter Retreat held this year on December 27-29 at the beautiful Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, brought together 500 family members, rabbinic figures, mental health experts, volunteers, and staff for an extended weekend of professional and peer support, educational programming, respite and relaxation, and inspiration.

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Chai Lifeline Chanukah Parties Bring Light to Children and Families Battling Pediatric Illness

More than 50,000 toys to be distributed to families worldwide at annual parties and area hospitals

Fifteen-hundred people from the greater New York area gathered to celebrate Chanukah at The Palace in Brooklyn on Tuesday, November 27, at the Chai Lifeline Annual Family Chanukah Party. Upon entering, the guests were transported into a tropical-themed paradise where they feasted on a delicious buffet dinner. The event was sponsored by Cross River Bank.

Photo credit: Shimon Friedman

The children were entertained with many Chanukah crafts projects before enjoying a concert featuring the music of Lipa Schmeltzer, who helped get the crowd into the Chanukah spirit. At the conclusion of the party, each family was given a huge box filled with toys which were selected especially for them and collected as part of the Honey Engel Toy Drive by dedicated Chai Lifeline Toy Drive volunteers. Door prizes, festive foods, cookie-decorating, and the company of beloved volunteers and Big Brothers/Big Sisters also added to the excitement. Chai Lifeline volunteer Laurie Sutton and Floral Art were responsible for the beautiful décor, while Chavie Horn lent her talents as an event planner.

Photo credit: Chani Reichenberg

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In the Aftermath of The Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE:
ADDRESSING THE HORROR AND TRAGEDY WITH STUDENTS AND CHILDREN

A message from Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline

Death, under any circumstance, is a painful and troubling event to face.

When our young people learn about the death of someone whom they knew, particularly if they have not encountered loss before, our task is somewhat clear. We open up a dialogue at an age-appropriate level, we listen to the child’s thoughts and observe their emotional expression, and we validate their personal reaction. Depending upon their age and maturity, and upon the questions which they pose to us, we can offer information, we might correct misunderstandings, we can clarify concepts, and we can offer support that we will continue to be open to them as they struggle to cope. Some of the same messages which we try to give ourselves when faced with tragic loss are given to young people, always at a pace and level which the child or teen can relate to. read full story

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