Chai Lifeline Moms Enjoy Restorative Break at Mothers Retreat

On May 22-23, more than 50 Chai Lifeline mothers of children with serious illness from across the New York region came together for a special moms retreat. The two-day getaway was held at the beautiful Camp Simcha campus in Glen Spey, NY. The mothers enjoyed special workshops, fun performances, and delicious food.

“The moms retreat is all about connections, connecting to each other and connecting to the magic of Camp Simcha,” said Chai Lifeline Director of New York Volunteer Services Faige Yudkovsky. “Most of all, the mothers can connect to their children’s experience in Camp Simcha firsthand.” 

Built into the retreat were special groups and activities with therapeutic benefits. From sessions by Chai Lifeline Director of Clinical Services Dr. Cheryl Book to yoga and nature walks, the program was designed for deep restoration. 

“The relaxation and laughter, the camaraderie, and the delicious food, all brought me to a much better place,” said one mother. “I enjoyed every minute of the beautifully coordinated program, put together with so much love. It was way beyond what the doctor ordered.”    

“This retreat truly exemplifies the essence of Chai Lifeline,” said National Director of Client Services Rabbi Mordechai Gobioff, MSW. “Networking families in a safe and nurturing environment with cutting edge programming, all with care, sensitivity, and professionalism.” 

Chai Lifeline is a leading children’s health support network providing social, practical, and financial assistance to children and families confronting illness, crisis, and loss. Learn more at    

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