Chai Lifeline Unveils Camp Simcha Without Borders for Summer 2020

After months of quarantine, lockdown, and isolation, children with serious illnesses will have an exciting summer to look forward to thanks to Chai Lifeline’s new Camp Simcha Without Borders initiative. Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, Chai Lifeline’s flagship summer programs for children with cancer, blood disorders, and all forms of chronic illness, will bring the magic of Simcha to communities across the country.  

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Simcha Campers Stay Connected Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s 5:00 p.m. and 14-year-old Lea is logging on to Zoom for that evening’s virtual Camp Simcha activity. On this particular evening, it’s a baking demonstration. Lea prepared the ingredients beforehand so that she could join along. “It’s the highlight of her day,” Lea’s mother shared. “She’s counting down to 5 o’clock from when she wakes up.” 

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Chai Lifeline Launches COVID-19 Lecture Series

Chai Lifeline has launched “Going Through It, Growing Through It: Torah Perspectives and Mindful Coping in the Age of COVID-19,” a lecture series offering divrei chizuk, psychological, and practical guidance during the current health crisis. The series will include video and audio recordings of renowned rabbanim, speakers, and mental health experts, as well as members of Chai Lifeline’s crisis intervention team, Project Chai. 

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Businesses Partner with Chai Lifeline Corporate Coalition to Help Community’s Most Vulnerable


Like the rest of us, businesses big and small have been shaken by the Coronavirus crisis. The global economy has been upended. Stimulus packages have been rolled out. Yet there is nothing quite as stimulating as helping a child in need.

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Parenting in a Quarantine: FAQs for Coping

Schools in communities across the world are closing their doors as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, and many parents find themselves in new and unfamiliar territory. Parents must now face the challenge of keeping their children occupied and educated, all while balancing their professional and financial responsibilities with potential personal and spiritual anxieties. 

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Chai Lifeline Launches Coronavirus Arts & Crafts Drive for Quarantined Children

Chai Lifeline has launched an arts & crafts drive to help families across North America with hospitalized or homebound children during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

“Though current precautionary measures limit Chai Lifeline’s ability to fully serve our clients in the usual manner, we remain committed to providing them with the best care possible,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline CEO. “This includes finding new ways to deliver our trademark joy to isolated children in hospitals, quarantines or homes. We hope this initiative brings children and their families some comfort and shows them that they are not alone in this time of crisis.” 

Chai Lifeline asks that only new arts & crafts projects (suitable for children of all ages) are shipped to, or dropped off at, any of its regional locations: 

  • Chai Lifeline New York, 151 West 30th Street, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001 
  • Chai Lifeline NJ / PA, 106 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701 
  • Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic, 600 Reisterstown Road, Suite 508, Baltimore, MD 21208 
  • Chai Lifeline Southeast, 2699 Stirling Road Suite B303, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 
  • Chai Lifeline Midwest, 6600 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 300, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 
  • Chai Lifeline West Coast, 475 South Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211 
  • Chai Lifeline Canada 300A Wilson Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M3H 1S8  
  • Chai Lifeline Montreal 1090B Pratt, Montreal, Quebec, H2V 2V2 

Chai Lifeline is a leading international children’s health support network, providing social, emotional and financial assistance to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families. Email with any questions or for sponsorship opportunities. 


By Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox

Our understanding of illness and disease, through the perspective of Torah, is that events which occur in life are not without cause or reason. The Torah consigns to humanity the right to engage in healing, and our hishtadlus – our personal steps to engage in the management of illness through seeking and complying with professional expert help – is in no way a contradiction to our firm faith that HaShem is the only One who determines health, life and wellness.

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