In The News


Rivky Flamm Joins Chai Lifeline

We are very excited to welcome Rivky Flamm, LCSW-C, to the Mid-Atlantic team. Rivky will serve as our case manager.

She earned her degree in social work from the University of Maryland, ...

Away at the Bay!

On a bright Sunday, over 85 children, siblings and parents made their way to Cambridge to spend a day relaxing, off the Chesapeake Bay. A generous lunch spread was awaiting everyone when they ...

Home Receptions Raise Awareness and Core Funding

Over the past months, Chai Lifeline Mid-Atlantic has held multiple receptions targeting different segments of the Jewish community. At each meeting, we presented the work of Chai Lifeline nation ...

Chai Lifeline and Us

My son Ian was born with a mutation of the VRK1 gene, Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Pontocerebella Hypoplasia, a progressive motor neuron disease which affects the voluntary muscles that are used ...

Our Mid-Atlantic Region Kids Arrive at Camp Simcha

We refer to it Arrivals Day. It is the first day of Camp Simcha, and over 120 children* with life-long and life-threatening illnesses are on their way to our camp. One hundred and twenty children, ...

A Message from Avi Greenlilnger, Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Region

Chai Lifeline is the organization that attends to the overall well-being of each individual and family unit that is affected by a life-threatening or chronic illness. The most impressive parts of ...

SUMMER MEANS FUN AT CHAI LIFELINE SOUTHEAST
Summertime raced by for kids 4 – 14 who took part in Summer Dayz 2016, Chai Lifeline Southeast\'s expanded summer day program.

Summer Dayz began in the Chai Lifeline office as a way to ...
VACAY FOR A DAY SQUEEZES AN ENTIRE VACATION INTO ONE DAY
Yacht rides…extreme pampering…great food…even better company. Sounds like a great vacation, right? Ten couples of very sick children enjoyed all of that and more in one day, thanks to a generous ...
FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS CONVENE AT 2016 GALA
New and old friends and supporters came together to fete an august group of philanthropists and volunteers who have made the children of Chai Lifeline a priority in their lives.

Diane and ...
17 is Magic Number for WATW
Even before we landed in Israel, I knew that the 17th annual Wish at the Wall, an incredible ten day experience for Chai Lifeline’s teens (all of whom select a parent with whom to travel), was a ...
Dr. Dov Snow Named Executive Director
Rabbi Shlomo Crandall recently announced the appointment of Dr. Dov Snow as executive director. Dr. Snow’s primary responsibilities will be to increase awareness of the region’s programs and needs ...
Are You Riding with Chai Lifeline at Bike the Drive?
Chai Cyclists, Chai Lifeline’s cycling group, will be out in force at this year’s Bike the Drive on Sunday, May 29. Will you be among them?

Bike the Drive is Chicago’s non-competitive ...
Moms’ Retreat Gives Mothers a Day Off
Thirty five mothers of very sick children enjoyed a vacation from the ordinary at a 24-hour mini-retreat, courtesy of Chai Lifeline Midwest.

The moms hail from Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, ...
The Jewish Community's First Responder
New York's Jewish Week profiled Zahava Farbman, associate director of Project CHAI, about the important work done by the Project CHAI team in the US and across the globe.

A Message From The Director

As I write this, we are in the midst of finalizing plans for 2016 Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall trip to Israel. This year's 10-day trip will bring teens who have finished ...

Gratitude Fuels Family's Team Lifeline Run

Among the more than 30 Chicago-area runners who have laced on their shoes for Team Lifeline's 2016 Miami Marathon weekend in January are Sara Porush and seven of her family members. Together ...

Massage is a Healing Gift to Mothers

For most mothers, finding an hour for total relaxation is a challenge. For a mother of a child affected by a serious illness, it’s nearly impossible. But Mielcah Allswang, a licensed massage ...

Best Wishes, Elana

Elana Bogoff, 14, who has grown up with Chai Lifeline Midwest, has been sorely missed since her recent move to L.A. Since her premature birth at 32 weeks, Chai Lifeline volunteers have been a ...

WATCH Highlights from the 2015 Annual Gala

More than 1,300 guests were inspired by the courage and achievements of Chai Lifeline’s current and former clients at our 2015 Gala on November 23. After you’ve seen the Highlights, watch our ...

I-SHINE OFFERS INNOVATIVE AFTER-SCHOOL SUPPORT TO CHILDREN LIVING WITH ILLNESS, LOSS
Through a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Chai Lifeline West Coast is pleased to announce i-Shine, Chai Lifeline’s after-school program, to the Los Angeles area. ...
Watch: Special Needs Kids Inspired by Visit to the Holy Land

Chai Lifeline’s Wish at the Wall fulfilled a wish for 13 teens with special needs by taking them on a ten-day visit to Israel.

This past week, Chai Lifeline’s Wish at the Wall ...

Adam Finishes the ING Marathon!

Adam Wolf was born prematurely. At birth he suffered a brain hemorrhage. His parents were told he would never hold his head up, talk, or walk.

That was 16 years ago. Last week, as a ...

Chai Lifeline & EL AL Airlines Change 14 Special Needs Children’s Lives Forever

EL AL Israel Airlines recently flew 14 children to Israel as part of Chai Lifelines Wish at the Wall program. Chai Lifeline, a non-profit organization that provides emotional, social and ...

BIBI AND SARA NETANYAHU MEET WITH CHAI LIFELINE’S WISH AT THE WALL

Chai Lifeline’s Hartman Family Wish at the Wall, the only teen tour to Israel that meets the medical and social needs of teens living with chronic illnesses, is already changing the idea of ...

Chai Lifeline’s Wish At The Wall Fulfills More Than A Dream For Chronically Ill Teens

A complete tour of Eretz Yisroel, including stops at the Kotel, Kever Rachel, and the holy city of Safed, is a dream come true for many teens. For those with chronic illnesses that leave them ...

Fighting Illness with an Injection of Love – and a Dose of Israel

Rabbi Shlomo Crandall, Midwest Regional Director of the Chai Lifeline Organization, is in Israel with 13 Jewish children suffering from chronic illnesses. He joins VOI’s Josh Hasten in-studio to ...

Camp Offers Sick Jewish Children - and Their Families - a Vacation From Illness
By Tova Ross

“I love summer camp because it’s like a two-week sleepover party where I’m the most important person in the world,” said Cara Lopatin, the 11-year-old daughter of Rabbi Asher ...

“The Faces of Chai Lifeline” Inspire Hope at Annual Awards Dinner
Nine hundred people crowded into the Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York last week to celebrate the achievements of three couples whose commitment and dedication have helped Chai ...
Chai Lifeline mourns the untimely passing of Solomon Obstfeld, obm, a benefactor and true friend of our children and families.
Mr. Obstfeld was well known for his kindness and concern for families caught in the nightmare of serious pediatric illness. He often lent his New York apartment to families of hospitalized patients, ...
´MY KIDS´ ARE ALL OUR KIDS...
Miriam Yocheved Isenberg knew what it meant for a family when a parent was seriously ill.

The Chicago-area woman - a mother, special education teacher and ...

When in Dire Straits, a Group Offers a Hand
Hayley Leib has been in and out of the hospital since she was 12. Now 21, her doctors have diagnosed her with mitochondrial disease, a disorder affecting energy and metabolism. Illness and long ...
Sukkos Brings Simcha to Chai Lifeline’s Children

Chai Lifeline, the organization renowned for helping families cope with the crises and daily challenges of serious pediatric illness, elevated the simcha of Sukkos for ...

What summer is like for the doctors at Camp Simcha Special

Dr. Robert Van Amerongen’s patients have kidney diseases, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalitis and familial dysautonomia — a rare disorder that causes a failure in the autonomic nervous system. Some ...
50 Chai Cyclists ‘Bike the Drive’ for Chai Lifeline’s Children

Seriously ill children may not have the energy to bicycle several miles on Lake Shore Drive, but over 50 Chai Cyclists had them in mind during the Bank of America Bike the Drive on Sunday, May ...

Chai Lifeline, WJCS Partners in Caring, Collaborate to Help Scarsdale Community Cope with Crisis

When a devastating fire took the lives of the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Scarsdale and his wife, Rabbi Jacob S. and Deborah Rubenstein, the bereft community turned both inward and ...

Chai Lifeline Purim Celebrations Bring Simcha to 4,284 Children Around the World

Delicious treats, fantastic costumes, and lively megillah readings make Purim an unforgettable holiday for children around the world, but Chai Lifeline families have something extra special to ...

Team Lifeline Raises $1 Million for Chai Lifeline

They came from around the world with just one purpose: to run for Chai Lifeline’s children. And on January 27, 230 members of Team Lifeline raised $1 million to send children to Camp Simcha, ...

Parents Help Each Other Through Illness at Chai Lifeline Winter Retreat

“Now I Know that I’m Normal:”

It was the end of a long Shabbos, one that had been filled with the sharing of information and emotion, when a Chassidic woman turned to ...
Adeline S. Zucker Chai Family Center Dedicated by Chai Lifeline

Cedarhurst, New York….Though the day was cold, the atmosphere inside the Adeline S. Zucker Chai Family Center was warm as her friends and family gathered together with Chai ...

Chai Lifeline Celebrates Chanukah with over 7000 around the World

Great presents, delicious food, and special time with one’s family: what’s not to love about Chanukah? Unfortunately, for the families of seriously ill children, Chanukah does not ...