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In the Aftermath of The Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE:
ADDRESSING THE HORROR AND TRAGEDY WITH STUDENTS AND CHILDREN

A message from Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline

Death, under any circumstance, is a painful and troubling event to face.

When our young people learn about the death of someone whom they knew, particularly if they have not encountered loss before, our task is somewhat clear. We open up a dialogue at an age-appropriate level, we listen to the child’s thoughts and observe their emotional expression, and we validate their personal reaction. Depending upon their age and maturity, and upon the questions which they pose to us, we can offer information, we might correct misunderstandings, we can clarify concepts, and we can offer support that we will continue to be open to them as they struggle to cope. Some of the same messages which we try to give ourselves when faced with tragic loss are given to young people, always at a pace and level which the child or teen can relate to. read full story

Preparing Your Child for a Hospital Stay

The following has been adapted from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) web resource.

Visiting a hospital for any reason can be a scary experience for children of all ages — especially when your child will be in the hospital overnight for what’s called an inpatient stay. These tips can help you prepare your child for his/her visit so that he/she feels more comfortable about their upcoming hospital stay. read full story

Rabbi Simcha Scholar Named to Algemeiner’s Jewish 100 List

Chai Lifeline Executive VP Among Algemeiner’s Top 100 People Impacting Jewish Life

Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president of Chai Lifeline, has been named to Algemeiner’s “J100” list of the top 100 individuals who have positively influenced Jewish life in 2018. read full story

When the Winds Howl and the Waters Rise: An Interventional Model in Facing Florence

A message from Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline

Ominous reports of Hurricane Florence are creating fear, panic and worry for thousands of people in the path of this monster storm. For those far from that region, vivid memories of New York during Sandy, of Houston, of New Orleans and of other flood-battered communities can be equally dread-ridden and reminiscent of tragedy. For Jews in every part of the world, our concern and our readiness to show support and care for those who are huddling in anticipation of landfall, or who have already evacuated, leaving synagogues, schools and homes behind, is in the forefront of our minds. read full story

Young Artists Ariel and Jacob Horton’s Debut Exhibit to Benefit Chai Lifeline Southeast

Some of South Florida’s youngest artists will make their debut this Sunday, with an exhibition featuring their work at an upscale gallery in Aventura on August 26.

Jacob and Ariel Horton will debut their artwork at Gallery Art in Aventura on August 26.

Meet Jacob and Ariel Horton, two brothers from Boca Raton who have a unique talent for drawing. read full story

Chai Lifeline West Coast Families Have a Ball at Dodgers Game

Children living with serious illnesses, their families, and volunteers from Chai Lifeline West Coast Sohacheski Family Center, a health support network which provides emotional, social, and financial support to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families, enjoyed a day at the ballpark rooting for their hometown LA Dodgers on July 30. Thanks to the generosity of the Dodgers organization, 250 children, family members, volunteers and friends filled an entire section of the stadium as they watched the Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers. read full story

Bike4Chai Raises Funds and Spirits for Chai Lifeline Children

On Thursday, August 2, more than a thousand campers, staff, family and friends celebrated the arrival of 550 Bike4Chai cyclists at The World’s Greatest Finish Line, the entrance to Camp Simcha Special. Bike4Chai, a two-day bicycling event now in its ninth year, raises funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network which provides emotional, social, and financial support to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families. read full story

Former and Current Camp Simcha Campers and Staff Celebrate Alumni Day

More than 500 former Camp Simcha campers, counselors and staff, along with their families, celebrated Alumni Day on Sunday, July 29 at Camp Simcha’s Glen Spey, New York campus. Participants enjoyed an array of interactive activities and programming with current campers and staff, as well as the opportunity to catch up with old friends and familiar faces.

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