Regional Directors Convene for Chai Lifeline Global Conference

Chai Lifeline directors from across the United States and around the world gathered in Eatontown, NJ, September 13-14 for Chai Lifeline’s Annual Regional Directors Conference. The two-day program convened directors from New York, New Jersey/Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and West Coast, as well as Toronto, Montreal, Israel, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

The group, representing more than 6,000 global Chai Lifeline families, discussed a wide range of topics, including organizational values and vision, programs and services, marketing and development, staff and volunteer training, community engagement, case management, and more.

“As a global leader in children’s health support and trauma response, it is critical for us to regularly evaluate and assess the current landscape, and strategize for the future of the organization,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “This conference is an opportunity for our talented team of directors to connect, share ideas, and explore new ways to broaden Chai Lifeline’s reach, strengthen its impact, and improve services for our families.”

Participants heard from a variety of speakers, including Rabbi Scholar, National Director of Client Services Rabbi Mordechai Gobioff, CFO Esther Bergman, CDO Elliot Halperin, CMO Matt Yaniv, and Director of Camp Simcha Nachman Maimon.

“Each of our selfless directors brings a unique perspective and is dedicated to helping our children, families, and communities. It was great to be able to meet with our colleagues from around the world and work together to advance the mission of Chai Lifeline and improve the important work we all do,” said Rabbi Gobioff.

“It was incredible to be with colleagues from every Chai Lifeline region around the globe,” said West Coast Director Randi Grossman. “Learning with others, sharing ideas, and hearing from Chai Lifeline’s executive leadership was inspiring and helped shape our vision for the future.”

Participating regional directors included: Rabbi Shlomo Crandall, Midwest; Racheli Daniel, Mid-Atlantic; Rabbi Sruli Fried, NJ/PA; Randi Grossman, West Coast; Esther Leah Sandhaus, Southeast; Yaacov Blanshay, Montreal; Rabbi Mordy Rothman, Toronto; Neville Goldschneider, UK; Avi Maier, Belgium; and Elad Maimon, Israel.

“Joining together with my colleagues gives me renewed energy in the power of Chai Lifeline, and what we can accomplish for children and families throughout the world,” said Chai Lifeline Midwest Director Rabbi Shlomo Crandall. “I am very proud to be a part of this most special team of talented dedicated leaders.”

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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