Chai Lifeline Presents Special Webcast Marking One-Year Anniversary of Surfside Tragedy

Online Program features reflections, chizuk, and inspiration from Rabbi Sholom Lipskar, Mrs. Chani Juravel, and Rabbi Simcha Scholar

Chai Lifeline presents “Remembering Surfside,” a special webcast marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. The online program features Rabbi Sholom Lipskar, spiritual leader and founder of The Shul of Bal Harbour, giving his first-hand account of the community, and what turned out to be worldwide relief efforts following the collapse. Also featured is Mrs. Chani Juravel, LCSW, noted lecturer and therapist, offering words of insight and comfort, as well as an introduction by Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline.

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Ramaz Seniors prepare Camp Simcha During Daniella Moffson Day of Service

On June 1, over 60 high school seniors from Ramaz Upper School visited Camp Simcha’s Glen Spey, NY Campus for their annual Daniella Moffson Day of Service. 

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How to Talk to Children About the Texas School Shooting: Guidelines for Parents and Educators

Chai Lifeline is devastated by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and mourns the tragic and senseless deaths of 19 children and two teachers. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope in the aftermath of this terrible event, we encourage you to contact our crisis support services at 855-3-CRISIS or

Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, director of Chai Lifeline’s Crisis Services, has issued the following guidelines to help parents and educators talk to their children during times of crisis.

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Chai Lifeline NJ/PA & CHOP Host “An Insiders’ Look” into World of Pediatric Medicine for Jewish Community

Physicians, medical referral professionals, askanim, rabbanim, and leaders of nonprofit organizations serving communities in the Tri-State area and beyond gathered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on Tuesday evening, May 24, for “An Insiders’ Look at CHOP,” a special event in collaboration with Chai Lifeline. Guests came from as far as Florida and Illinois to meet and hear from leading physicians and scientists who are pioneering surgical techniques and developing new treatments for childhood diseases at CHOP’s state-of-the-art facilities.

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Off To The Races, Chai Lifeline Kids Attend Miami Grand Prix 

On May 8, Chai Lifeline kids got to experience the race of a lifetime at this year’s Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix race. A special anonymous donor generously provided four nights at a hotel and highly sought, sold-out tickets to 18 Chai Lifeline kids and their families. The group had a great time watching drivers race by their track-side seats up-close. 

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Englewood Community Hosts Chai Lifeline Englewood Friends and Fun Shabbaton

On May 13-14, over 125 girls impacted by pediatric illness and dedicated volunteers came together for Chai Lifeline’s annual Friends and Fun Shabbaton in Englewood, NJ. The retreat, organized by Lori Schlakman and Deborah Berger, started off with a pre-Shabbat welcome event at the East Hill Synagogue and continued with davening and a delicious dinner at Congregation Ahavath Torah. On Shabbat morning, Chai Lifeline Warrior Whitney shared her story of strength and resilience and reflected on her experience at Camp Simcha.

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Staff Spotlight: Benny Flusberg, Achim B’Yachad Volunteer Coordinator  

I first connected with Chai Lifeline in Antwerp where a coordinator called me up and told me he thought I’d be a great volunteer. As I volunteered, I started building these really deep connections with Chai Lifeline kids (some of whom I still keep in touch with until this day). After I got married, I moved to America where someone introduced me to Hershey Katz, the director of Achim B’Yachad, which supports Chai Lifeline’s Chassidic clients… and the rest is history.

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Chai Lifeline Midwest Receives Klepak Foundation Grant to Launch Performing Arts Program, Strengthen Case Management

Chai Lifeline, the leading Jewish children’s health support network, has received a grant of $100,000 from the Ralla Klepak Foundation for the Education in the Performing Arts to support the development of new initiatives in the performing arts and bolster its Midwest case management program.

“Ralla Klepak, of blessed memory, understood the powerful role the arts play in bringing joy and hope to the disadvantaged,” said Rabbi Shlomo Crandall, director of Chai Lifeline Midwest. “This grant will enable us to carry on Ralla’s legacy of compassion and care through exciting new programming for children and families in our community.”

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Thousands Attend Chai Lifeline Pre-Pesach Event

A sea of people, festive music, bright banners, and high spirits met the eyes of motorists driving past Airport Road this week Sunday and Monday. The crowd of Chai Lifeline families, volunteers, and lay leaders enjoyed an elaborate Pre-Pesach barbecue dinner and carnival, which kept hundreds of children entertained, well-fed, and far from the Chometz-free zones in their homes.

Families battling illness were relieved to have the opportunity to feed their children a nutritious supper in the hectic pre-Pesach days, while their cars were cleaned to a shine.

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