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Inspiring Chai Lifeline Teens Journey to Israel on ‘Trip of a Lifetime’

A group of inspiring adolescents embarked on the journey of a lifetime to Israel as part of the 20th annual Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall program from February 6-17. The trip is Chai Lifeline’s celebration of life for teenagers who have either completed treatment for cancer or are living with chronic illnesses or disabilities—alternating between the two groups each year. Each participant is invited to share the memorable journey with a parent. read full story

CHAI LIFELINE SOUTHEAST CELEBRATES ANNUAL GALA ON MARCH 13

Gala Will Pay Tribute to Guests of Honor Gina & Mitch Sinberg; Community Service Awardees Danielle & Jared Lustman; and Chai Builder Awardee Ben Rozsansky

Chai Lifeline Southeast will celebrate its 2019 Annual Gala on Wednesday, March 13, at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Synonymous with providing joy and hope to children with serious illness and their and families, Chai Lifeline Southeast has been providing vital social, emotional and financial support to Florida’s Jewish community for over 32 years through its various programs and services. read full story

Oncology Doctor Runs For Team Lifeline In Memory of Beloved Patient

Every once in a while, someone comes into your life and changes you forever. For Dr. Andrew Silverman, Oncology Fellow at Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian at Columbia University Medical Center, that someone was a boy named Eli.

Eli’s sister Yehudis and Dr. Andrew Silverman ran in memory of Eli as part of Team Lifeline at the Miami Half Marathon.

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Chai Lifeline Winter Retreat Gives Families Inspiration and Tools to Cope With Pediatric Illness

The Chai Lifeline Annual LH Financial Winter Retreat held this year on December 27-29 at the beautiful Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, brought together 500 family members, rabbinic figures, mental health experts, volunteers, and staff for an extended weekend of professional and peer support, educational programming, respite and relaxation, and inspiration.

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Chai Lifeline Hosts NYC Councilwoman Diana Ayala

New York City Councilwoman Diana Ayala visited Chai Lifeline’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters yesterday to learn more about the various programs and services Chai Lifeline offers children with serious illnesses and their families at no cost.

(L-R): Josh Mehlman, Chairman of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition; New York City Councilwoman Diana Ayala; Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline Chief Executive Officer; and Moty Gobioff, Chai Lifeline National Director of Client Services.

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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

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