Chai Lifeline Families Enjoy End-of-Summer Retreat at Camp Simcha

Families living with pediatric illness enjoyed a unique end-of-summer retreat at Camp Simcha’s Glen Spey, New York, campus, August 28-29. More than 250 Chai Lifeline children and parents took part in the two-day family retreat, where they were able to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy some quality time together.

From the moment they arrived, participants enjoyed an exciting schedule of events and activities, including swimming, ropes courses, rock climbing, miniature golf, boat rides, barbecues, bonfires, and more.

“The weekend was amazing for our family,” said Avraham, a Chai Lifeline father. “Our son, who is a Camp Simcha camper, loved showing us all the activities he takes part in during the summer. The food was prepared with both kids and adults in mind. Every detail was appreciated. This was just what we needed after a very difficult year.”

Leah, a Chai Lifeline mother, said, “The retreat was exactly what we needed. It allowed me, my husband, and our children to connect in such a warm and relaxing environment. It’s so easy to get caught up in the challenges of everyday life, and this retreat was a much-needed opportunity to hit pause and be present with the people I love the most.” 

“At Chai Lifeline, we understand that illness impacts the entire family. Events like this help families reconnect, recharge, and rebuild relationships,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline.

The retreat was generously sponsored by Daniel and Rachael Lifschutz and family of Lawrence, NY. “We are proud to support Chai Lifeline and help give happiness, joy, and support to those who need it most during their difficult times,” said Daniel Lifschutz.

Chai Lifeline is an international children’s health support network providing social, emotional, and financial assistance to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families. To learn more, visit

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