Annual report 2017

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Annual Report


Message from the Executive Vice President Can a non-profit be too successful? It seems like a silly question on the surface, but for Chai Lifeline, it’s no laughing matter. It’s a question we ask ourselves regularly. There are so many children in our community who are living with serious illnesses. Too many need our help desperately. Since we began more than 30 years ago, our philosophy has always been that we will do whatever we can to make their lives, and the lives of their families, easier, more joyful and more hopeful. We always said that money was no object. But now we must deal with the possibility that there may be limits to what we are able to do. For the first time, we are faced with the very real prospect that we will not be able to stretch the boundaries of Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special to admit every child who wants to come. We are on pace to replace all our residential facilities with beautiful, specially designed cottages that will expand the capacity of Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special by 20%. When our capital campaign is completed, we will be able to offer a soul-refreshing vacation from illness to 600 children and teens every summer. The idea that it will not be enough was at one time incomprehensible. Now it is only too possible. The response is not to put our heads down in despair. Instead, we are inspired by our leaders, people like Melodie and Marty Scharf, Ralph Herzka and the amazing team at Meridian Capital Corporation. Their groundbreaking gifts to Chai Lifeline have moved mountains by encouraging others to follow their example. We are humbled by the support of friends like Andrew and Marjorie Levy, whose personal tragedy impelled them to create a fund in memory of their son that already has changed the lives of hundreds of people in its first years. And we are energized by the ideas generated by our professional staff and lay leadership as they tackle the challenges of our next 30 years. We are now in our fourth decade of serving the Jewish community’s most vulnerable children and their families. We still hope that we will be out of business soon, but as the saying goes, “Hope for the best. Plan for the worst.” We are looking at what we must do not just today and tomorrow, but further down the road, to assure that Chai Lifeline will still be synonymous with cutting-edge programs that truly improve people’s lives and that there always will be room in camp – and in all our programs – for the children and families who need us. One thing is for certain: we need you to make it happen. We need your involvement. We need your support. And we need you at our side until our job is done. I look forward to strengthening our partnership.

Rabbi Simcha Scholar

Message from the Presidium When we first sat down to write this, our initial thought was “Thank you.” Thank you for donating. Thank you for your vote of confidence in the organization. Thank you for standing with us. Since Chai Lifeline began, our goal has always been to be a truly community-based organization. This model has several advantages; the major benefit is that we can respond quickly to emerging needs. We can be nimble in our administration, program design, and execution. Of course, there is also a distinct disadvantage: our decision to remain independent means that do not accept any funding that could potentially impact the quality and type of services we want to provide. Our decision to remain independent of restrictive financing has tremendous implications. It means that we must raise our annual budget every year from contributors like you: people who believe in our work. And it requires careful stewardship of the monies you have entrusted to us. The board of directors works year-round to assure that Chai Lifeline’s funds are used efficiently and effectively. Guided by our auditors, the well-known public accounting firm Loeb and Troper, our compensation, audit and finance committees oversee every aspect of Chai Lifeline’s expenditures. Their policies and decisions assure that Chai Lifeline can most effectively serve the community. Chai Lifeline’s lay leadership is comprised of community leaders from many walks of life, some of who have been with the organization since its first years. There is scarcely a year that we are not surprised by the challenges faced by families coping with pediatric illness or loss and by the thoughtfulness and depth of the programs created by the professional staff to meet them. We are tremendously proud of Chai Lifeline’s innovative programs and services, and the dedication of lay and professional leadership. The real reason that more than 5,400 families across the globe entrust us with the details and circumstances of their lives is that we treat every client – every child, parent, and sibling – like family. Like family, our staff doesn’t know the meaning of a “9-to-5” job; when a family needs them, they are there. And like family, the love is unconditional and unwavering. Our families not only know it: they feel it. When you give to Chai Lifeline, you become an important part of our family. You are more than a supporter; you are the person who makes this work possible. We thank you for making Chai Lifeline a priority in your charitable giving, and we look forward to partnering with you until pediatric illness is erased from our world. Solomon Mayer Mordy Rothberg

We Help 5,400 Families Through the Day. Every Day.

“My Chai Lifeline case manager is an angel. “I am a single mother. I have four daughters. Sheri has a serious illness and needs lots of therapies during the week. She also has some learning issues and school is sometimes difficult.

“One child like this would be a handful, but I have three other children, too. That’s where my Chai Lifeline case manager comes in. If I can’t pick Sheri up on time and get her to therapy, my case manager arranges for a ride so we can get there. I’ve called her in a panic because I wasn’t going to make it home for the other girls. She arranged for a volunteer to meet them at the bus and play with them until I got home. “Last year Sheri had a seizure in school. It was very frightening for everyone. She couldn’t go back to school for a long time. My case manager brought her toys and arranged for volunteers to play with her. Before Sheri went back to school, the case manager talked to her class to get them ready. It made Sheri’s first day back so much easier. “And it’s not just the children, although she would do anything for my kids. She invited me to a special day for mothers. At first I said, ‘No.’ I didn’t feel like I could be away from my kids. But she suggested that my children would enjoy a day at my sister’s house. So I went. And it was the best day I had in years. I came back rested and energized. “My life is not easy. But I know that my case manager is always just a phone call away, and that she’ll always do whatever she can to help us. That’s why I think she’s an angel.”

Case management/patient navigation is the bedrock of Chai Lifeline’s services. Case managers bring years of experience in helping families cope with the crises and challenges of pediatric illness and loss to each new patient and family. The combination of compassion, knowledge, and the willingness to go way beyond a 9 to 5 job transforms traditional relationships into true lifelines that enable families to find love and hope in every day.

We Turn Patients into Children Again

Abby was seven years old when she was diagnosed with a serious chronic illness that would keep her hospitalized for most of the year. She was in the hospital when her mother met Chai Lifeline’s case managerpatient navigator in the hospital. “We thought we could manage this, and that we didn’t need help,” said Nanci Levine, but we were wrong. It wasn’t just the food that just ‘arrived’ every day. It was the visits. The times they made Abby laugh through the pain and got her to eat again.” Soon Abby was looking forward to the antics of the Chai Lifeline volunteers’ visits, first at the hospital, then when she was home again. They

made her laugh, but more important, they made her believe that she would get better. When she came home, Chai Lifeline’s counselors came with her. Their visits continued, and now Abby was invited to art parties and recreational events where she met other children just like her – kids who wanted to laugh and have fun despite the debilitating effects of pediatric illness. She met her “new best friend” at a Chai Lifeline Chanukah party. Eight years later, the girls are still laughing together.

Here’s How We Help Abby and over 5,400 other children and their families in the midst of medical crises and treatments: Information, advocacy, help with medical appointments, emotional support and patient navigation delivered by a dedicated and highly trained staff.

11,247 rides assured that patients and caregivers didn’t miss medical appointments.

728 hours of counseling

Professional case managers/patient

enabled patients and family members to accept new situations and move forward.

navigators coordinated all these services so families could be totally covered.

222 nights of respite gave

exhausted parents and chance to go home to other children.

79,271 hot meals

nourished body and soul.

7,290 visits from volunteers

brought smiles and comfort.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct assistance

allowed families to stay aoat during medical crises.

451 overnight visits to Chai House,

adjacent to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, allowed families to stay together when children were hospitalized.

730 hours of insurance advocacy helped parents understand benefits and facilitated coverage.

We Make Summer Last All Year Long

Nathaniel was in high school when the pain started. He tried shrugging it off until he couldn’t anymore. He and his parents were shocked when the doctor came back with the news that there was a mass on his bone. Within hours they were in the office of a famed pediatric oncologist who told them that if the treatment wasn’t successful, Nathaniel might lose his leg. The 15-year old sunk into a depression. When his doctor suggested that he attend Camp Simcha, he said he wasn’t interested in a camp where he couldn’t play baseball. “Just try it for a few days,” his doctor implored. If you don’t like it, you can come home.

he could unpack. Nathaniel found himself in the middle of the action, taking part of the full range of camp activities (including baseball, adapted so that everyone could join in) on the first day. It seemed to him that they never stopped, and everything was fun.

Every day was filled with fun and friendship. Every day was better than the last.

As Nathaniel maneuvered his crutches into his bunk at Camp Simcha, he wondered how long he could watch other kids having fun while he sat on the sidelines. “Let’s go,” his counselor said even before

After a few days, Nathaniel realized he never wanted Camp Simcha to end. Every day was filled with fun and friendship. Every day was better than the last.

When he returned home, Camp Simcha returned with him. His counselors called, texted, and Skyped. His friends groupchatted. He attended weekend reunions in communities across the United States. When his Chai Lifeline case manager told him that registration was opening for Camp Simcha’s next season, Nathaniel didn’t hesitate. “Sign me up!” he said. “I’m already packed.”

493 Campers in 2017

Camp Simcha, named in memory of Dr. Samuel Abraham, and Camp Simcha Special, named in memory of Zvi Dovid Obstfeld, are more than a respite from the pain and isolation of illness for children and teens. They create an environment where children are encouraged to be active, engaged participants and where they stretch their physical and emotional boundaries without fear of failure.

Campers have their own personal counselors, young men and women who give up their summers to become mentors and coaches. The fully accessible facilities alleviate boundaries to participation. In a camp where everyone is ill, campers quickly realize that no one is too sick for the fun and excitement that mark every day at Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special.

Camp Simcha Campus Renewal Project Nearer to Completion The 2017 dedication of the Meridian and Scharf Villages have given the hilltop cottages new focal points and meeting places. Each has helped to unify a complete division of camper and facilitates bonding. The attractive gazebos encourage children to meet and play outside. The villages are part of Chai Lifeline’s $5 million capital campaign. To date, half the aging bunks in camp have been replaced by state-of-the-art cottages designed to meet the medical and social needs of medically fragile campers who are dependent on wheelchairs, respirators and other equipment.

Meridian Village

Scharf Village In Loving Memory of


By Her Brother and Sister, Melodie and Martin Scharf, Lawrence, NY

Villages and Cottages at Camp Simcha

Endowed Facilities at Camp Simcha

Meridian Village, dedicated by Meridian Capital Group

Jack and Moishe Horn Campus

Norma Kligman Infirmary

Silber and Scheiner Families Medical Center

Alexander and Charlotte Herman Residence

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Year Round Center

Tepper-Davis Recreation Center

Stella K. Abraham Family Center

Seelig Pool

Scharf Village, dedicated by Martin and Melodie Scharf of Lawrence, NY Beit Daniella In Memory Of Daniella Nechama Moffson, z’l Faye’s Castle In Memory Of Harav Yaakov Zakheim, z’l and Reb Dovid HaKohen Rand, z’l Mayer and Chaya Rivka Fischl In Loving Memory of Avraham Ben Ephraim HaKohen, z’l

Fischl Recreation Center at Matt’s Place Ilean K. Goldberg Social Hall Stanton Lake House

LH Financial Services

Obstfeld Pavilion

Matt’s Place A gift of Matthew Arbess and Daniel and Marlene Arbess

Strasser Family Library

Teena and Stu Rubinfeld and Family and Esther Wertenteil and Family In Loving Memory of Fred Rubinfeld, z’l and Louis Wertenteil, z’l Debbie and David Seltzer

Strasser Family Dining Hall The West Wing dedicated in honor of Hilda Tryfus Hess Shaul and Mary Tawil Bet Hakneset/Beit Midrash

Yaakov Nussbaum Photography Center Martin D. Schnall Woodshop The Dream Palace in memory of Sarah Esther Bas Yehuda Gershon Pam and Craig Goldman Creative Arts Pavilion Kahal Lev Shlomo Uri’s Place The Shamah Family Way

We Make After-School Time The Best Time.

Joshua seemed to thrive in school. Engaged and energetic, he jumped right into every activity with enthusiasm. His teachers gave him glowing reports. His parents were sure they had found the perfect school. All that changed in third grade. The normally happy child turned sullen. Homework went undone. One day he handed in a spelling test with all the lines blank. The principal knew the reason: Josh’s sister was seriously ill and his parents understandably preoccupied. Many times, he went to family friends or aunts after school. Life was too chaotic for the nine-year-old. Josh’s principal called his parents and suggested they enroll the boy in i-Shine, Chai Lifeline’s after school program for children living with illness or loss in their homes. Twice a week, an i-Shine volunteer, a parent herself, drove Josh to the i-Shine location. He was met by loving counselors who welcomed him, helped him complete homework assignments and study for tests. Together, they worked on crafts projects and went outside for basketball, softball and frisbee games. Instead of hiding in his room, Josh was playing with friends. Once, when Josh’s sister went back into the hospital, the other children reassured him that things would work out in the end. By the end of the year, Josh’s academic world was back on track. So was the rest of his life. “When we couldn’t be there for him after school, i-Shine was,” said his mother.

800 children in 9 locations

“When we couldn’t be there for him after school, i-Shine was.”

Living with illness or loss in the home brings with it a special set of stresses for children, particularly those who may be too young to understand or verbalize the challenges. i-Shine gives hundreds of children in communities around the world a safe, nurturing environment filled with peers and young adult mentors whose presence provides stability, supervision, and structure. i-Shine programs run during the academic year in Antwerp, Belgium Brooklyn, NY Chicago, IL Lakewood, NJ Los Angeles, CA* Queens/Nassau, NY Rockland County, NY Teaneck, NJ Toronto, Canada *Seed funding for i-Shine West Coast was provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and Helena and Steven Usdan.

Endowed Programs and Activities i-Shine Teaneck, in memory of Ilana Michal Schwartz, a’h

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We Turn Recreation Up a Few Notches. “Would you like to go to the ball game?” Alexander’s Big Brother asked one day. “YES!” Alexander yelled into the phone. So that Sunday, Marc came to Alexander’s home and picked him for the short trip to the stadium. A group of Chai Lifeline children and their Big Brothers gathered. They soon discovered this was no ordinary ball game. An official from the Yankees came to meet them and gave them a tour of the stadium. Then they stood near the bullpen and greeted all the players as they came out for batting practice. One by one, the stars talked to them, encouraging them to continue living their best lives. Alexander’s counselor told one player that the boy had endured several surgeries. “Were you scared?” the player asked. The boy admitted that before every surgery, he was afraid. “Don’t worry, kid,” the All-Star pitcher said. “Everyone’s afraid before they do great things.” The Yankees may have won that day, but it didn’t matter to Alexander. All he remembered was that all the players had spoken to him, and that his favorite pitcher made him feel like he was just like him.

Everyone likes to do fun things. Children with illnesses and their siblings need activities that restore normalcy to their lives. Chai Lifeline’s year-round program of recreational events, clubs, and activities enables children living with the stresses of illness to find strength and friendship through laughter and shared experiences. The activities have an auxiliary benefit: they give parents time to focus on other children or their own needs.

Endowed programs and activities Friends ‘n Fun weekends, in memory of Sari Ort, a’h Louis Wertenteil Heart-to-Heart (Big Brothers and Sisters, individual and group activities) Ari Adler Adventures in Art Ariella Horenstein Music in Our Lives (Music programs for children and families; musical performances at Chai Lifeline events) Disney World Trip sponsored by the Ohr Meir Foundation

Thousands of Big Brother/ Big Sister contacts, activities, groups, and clubs for patients and their siblings.

Joseph and Chana Kornwasser Color My World: Kids Helping Kids Through Art In memory of Mark (Mottel) Kornwasser, z’l Solomon’s Children’s Initiative: A Superfund for the Future

Our year-round activities include: Camp Reunions Big Brother/Big Sister activities Day trips and club fun Creative arts and art therapy Music Therapy Pet therapy Sib Trips and Sibling Programs Annual trip to Disney World

We Connect Kids to Schools Every Day.

Almost all children gripe about school, but they miss it terribly when they are too sick to attend. The structure, camaraderie and shared focus give meaning to their days. And studies show that children who believe that they will return to school are more optimistic about their recovery and future.

Utilizing laptops and tablets, educational software, tutoring, and social media, we keep kids connected to their fellow students and friends, and help them keep up with classwork. When they are ready to return to their classrooms, case managers help classmates prepare for the big day, particularly if their friend now looks different or requires extra assistance.

Endowed programs and activities • Shaindy Leffel Memorial Lending Library • Joseph and Elsie Listhus ChaiLink Program • Elimelech Moskowitz Homebound Educational Learning Program

“Last year I went on Wish at the Wall. I have a chronic illness that left me in a wheelchair, and I never thought I would see Israel. In the 10 days we were in Israel, we did everything. I’ve been to Camp Simcha Special, so I know that nothing is impossible, but this was really amazing. We rode camels. We climbed Masada. We floated on the waters of the Dead Sea. We met with wounded soldiers of the IDF, and even played basketball with them. We went to the Kotel, crying and singing, sometimes simultaneously. We went off the main road into the hills of the Galilee and rode jeeps to see the most astonishing and gorgeous views. We visited Safed, Meron and Tiberias.

“I used to be sad thinking that kids who could walk got to do everything. Wish at the Wall proves that kids who are sick can do everything, too.”

Endowed programs • Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall

We Take the Angst Out of Adolescence. Being a teenager is hard enough. Dealing with a serious illness during the teenage years can make a normally turbulent stage of development feel extra rocky. Chai Lifeline programs enable teens to form relationships with true peers who understand what living with illness or family loss is all about. Set in an environment that meets their medical and social needs, Chai Lifeline’s programs for adolescents help them transition to adulthood in an emotionally and socially safe setting.

Our teen and young adult programs include • Movin’ On: assistance with the emotional, social, and educational transition to adulthood. • Journeys: Volunteer-organized and staffed teen trips for young adults. • Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall: a 10-day trip to Israel to celebrate the victory of life over illness.

We Get Families Going Again. Ari’s parents knew something was wrong when the normally energetic kindergartener became listless and tired. Then his fever spiked. His worried parents became frantic when their pediatrician said, “It looks serious.” Two days later, they were sitting at his bedside when a Chai Lifeline volunteer knocked on the door. Soon Ari’s hospital room was “volunteer central.” Every day volunteers came with healthy snacks for Aliza and David and games and toys for Ari. It only took a day or so before they heard their son laughing again. Aliza is adamant that the family felt Chai Lifeline’s true impact only after Ari came home. The family was enveloped by Chai Lifeline’s warmth and services. Aliza was invited to a mothers’ event, where she

met women in her situation while being pampered for the first time in months. The family went to Chai Lifeline’s Chanukah party, Purim carnival and recreational events. Even Beth, Ari’s older sister, got in on the fun: a Big Sister, afternoons at i-Shine, and sibling activities helped her find her own equilibrium during Ari’s long recuperation, when her parents’ attention was focused on their sick child. Three years after Ari’s initial diagnosis, Aliza and David still speak to their Chai Lifeline case manager regularly; they still participate in Chai Lifeline’s activities. Now they are mentors to other families who are at the beginning of their illness journeys. “It’s not one thing. It’s everything,” says Aliza. “Chai Lifeline was like glue, keeping us together day after day.”

Three decades of experience has demonstrated that emotional support from professionals and peers, informal social networks and support groups are among parents’ greatest needs when a child is ill. Chai Lifeline’s calendar of family programs, which includes

family days at amusement parks, holiday celebrations and get-togethers during the year, offers many opportunities to make new friends and see old ones. Chai Lifeline supporters and friends have a part of play in our family activities as well. Toy drives engage community groups, students, retailers and families during the Chanukah season. Chai Lifeline volunteers attend many of our family programs as guests and sponsors, allowing them to see the effect of the organization they support.

34 Family Days and holiday parties.

We Provide the Rest That Makes Everything Else Possible. When Sarah and Jason arrived at their first Annual Winter Retreat on Thursday evening with their three children, they weren’t quite sure what to expect. They found themselves in the lobby of a beautiful hotel, but that was only the beginning. A volunteer loaded their luggage onto a cart for delivery to their room. Counselors whisked away their children for fun and frolicking at the children’s camp. They ate a leisurely meal together. And for the first time in a long time, some of the stress of parenting a very sick child started to melt away. Over the course of the next two days, Sarah and Jason listened as other parents described the many strategies they had developed to meet the challenges of living with pediatric illness. They discovered they had much in common with these families; they no longer felt isolated and alone. The turning point came during one of the parent groups. “I feel so conflicted,” he said. “Sometimes when I am at the hospital, I feel like I should be…” “Wait a minute,” another father broke in. “Who said you should be doing anything except caring for this child and your family? When you’re doing that, you’re doing exactly what you should be doing.” The change in Jason and Sarah was clearly visible. Their shoulders relaxed. Their faces looked calm. They looked at each other and sighed. After the session, Jason remarked, “We feel like we’re on the same page for the first time in a long time.”

LH Financial Annual Winter Retreat

Family Camp Adventure

Retreats give families, parents, siblings, and bereaved couples a chance to step off the treadmill of their lives. During the day or weekend, they relax and unwind, either with their peers and compassionate professionals or just with each other or their families. By stepping back, retreats give them a chance to recognize the tensions that can cause pain as well as the coping mechanisms which bring joy to family life. Retreat guests then have the unique opportunity to ease the former and sustain the latter.

Our Retreat and Respite Vacation program includes • LH Financial Services Annual Winter Retreat • Family Camp Adventure • Mother-to-Mother and Fathers Retreats • Family retreats and vacations at the Stella K. Abraham Family Center • Pamela and Craig Goldman River Retreat • Respite vacations for parents • SibTrips

700 retreat guests

• Donald Alan Harris Healing Hearts Bereavement Retreats

Endowed Programs and Activities • Stella K. Abraham Family Center • Beauty from Within, in memory of Florence Presser, a’h • Pamela and Craig Goldman River Retreat • Donald Alan Harris Healing Hearts Bereavement Retreat • LH Financial Services Annual Winter Retreat • Relax, Renew & Reconnect, in memory of Leo Presser, z’l

We Restore Equilibrium When the Unthinkable Happens. It took only a second for the Tannenbaum’s family to be changed forever. Their darling child, the middle boy in a family of five, was killed in a horrific freak accident. Project CHAI, a program of Chai Lifeline, was on the scene almost immediately. Trained Project CHAI first responders, members of the Tannenbaum’s tight-knit community, offered emotional support. Rebecca sat with the heartbroken mother while Benjamin and the father spoke quietly. The Tannenbaum’s later described the first responders as their “rock,” helping them say their last goodbyes and leave the hospital without their child. Later, Benjamin comforted their distraught children and prepared them for the funeral and the week of mourning that lay ahead. While this was happening, Project CHAI professionals consulted with the children’s schools. The next day, a traumatologist (a credentialed therapist who

specializes in crisis intervention) visited each of the Tannenbaum children’s classrooms. Her ageappropriate presentations allowed children to express their sorrow and fears and plan memorial projects. She also met with principals and teachers who were also grieving to discuss how their students might respond in the coming days. Project CHAI team members were frequent visitors during the entire week of shiva. Their conversations with bereaved grandparents, aunts and uncles, and the Tannenbaums themselves helped the entire family cope with the shock, anger, and heartache of a child’s death. A few months later, Mr. and Mrs. Tannenbaum attended the Donald Alan Harris Healing Hearts Bereavement Retreat. At the end of the three-day program, they left with the understanding that while life would never be the same, they would find a way to go on.

94 school consultations and sessions 412 family consultations

Project CHAI’s professionals and paraprofessional teams work with families, schools, camps and communities to provide information, solace, inspiration and perspective following untimely deaths affecting children. Their assistance is immediate; the impact is long-lasting. Project CHAI services include

• Presentations to school and camp administrators, teachers, and staff provide guidance for notifications, materials, and information that empowers them to help children understand and respond to tragic events. • Seminars for professionals. • Assistance for ambulance crews and other first responders after traumatic incidences. • Counseling and ongoing support for families. • Direct assistance for siblings and children of the deceased immediately after a death and during shiva.

The Evan Levy Funds Robert’s Bar Mitzvah was approaching, but a sibling’s illness had drained his parents’ finances. The Evan Levy Fund provided a grant for a modest but lively event that lifted everyone’s spirits.

Alexandra’s mother lost her job when she missed work to care for the seriously ill youngster. The Evan Levy Fund’s subsidy helped the family pay for necessities during those crucial months.

Julia outgrew her specialized stroller, but the insurance company denied funding for a new one. The Evan Levy Fund provided it.

The Evan Levy z’l Fund was endowed by his parents, Margaret and Andrew, to give families in crisis relief from daily stresses. The Fund incorporates Chai Lifeline’s other initiatives for children and families, including Solomon’s Children’s Initiative: A SuperFund for the Future Anne and Lee Samson Fund for Tomorrow The Herman and Pearl Altman Children’s Fund Rochella and Uri Benenfeld Sibling Fund Honey and David Berger Fund Colburn and Sobel Families Children’s Fund Uncle Danny Fund Shimmy Golub Grant-a-Wish/Weingarten Wishathon Fund Reana Greenfield a’h Chesed Fund Mary and Mortimer Greenstein Memorial Fund Evelyn Plotsker Goldstein Family Fund Charna Radbell Gift of Sunshine Fund Scott Satran Memorial Fund Ann and Pinky Sohn Fund

Where Your Dollars Go







*Percentages have been rounded to nearest .5%.

Eighty five cents of every dollar we raise is used for programs and services that directly benefit our children and their families.

All photos are for illustrative purposes only.

This is Your Invitation to Join Us Beginning in 1987, we created a comprehensive safety net of programs and services to address the needs of seriously ill children and their families. We continue to innovate. Chai Lifeline now cares for families where children are impacted by a parent’s illness or passing. And we are leading the way in finding solutions for chronically young adults as they age out of the pediatric medical and social systems. We are the lifeline for more than 5,000 people around the world. Yet as much as we do, we know there is more that can be done. For that, we need you.

We need your energy. We need your commitment. We need your dedication. Be part of Chai Lifeline. Donate. Volunteer. Get involved.

151 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001

Where You Can Find Us Regional Offices New York


151 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001 877-CHAI-LIFE

6600 N. Lincoln Avenue Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 763-1818 (888) 763-1819

New Jersey 106 Clifton Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701 (732) 719-1700 (800) 882-0745

Mid-Atlantic 600 Reisterstown Rd. Baltimore, MD 21208 (410) 205-2085

West Coast Sohacheski Family Center 475 S. Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 274-6331 (877) 374-6331

Southeast 2699 Stirling Road, Suite B303 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (305) 956-9990 (888) 355-8153

Camp Simcha

Chai Family Centers

430 White Road Glen Spey, NY 12737 (845) 856-1432 (888) 756-1432

Brooklyn, NY Ilana Schindler Chai Family Center 1034 East 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Chai House

Chicago, IL 6600 N. Lincoln Avenue Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Philadelphia, PA 3434 Sansom Street, Apt. 3F Philadelphia, PA 19104

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2699 Stirling Road, Suite B303 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

River Retreat Mahwah, NJ Pamela & Craig Goldman River Retreat 1058 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

Long Island, NY Adeline S. Zucker Chai Family Center 91 Carman Avenue Cedarhurst, NY 11516 Monsey, NY 321 Route 59, Suite W5 Tallman, NY 10982 New York City, NY 151 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001

International Affiliates Antwerp Sint Thomasstraat 36 2018 Antwerp, Belgium (32) 495-198-100

Canada Toronto Office 300A Wilson Ave. Toronto, ON, M3H 1S8 647-430-5933 Montreal Office 1090B Pratt Montreal, QC H2V2V2 514-667-7041

England The House, 12 Queens Road London, NW4 2TH (44) 208-202-9297

Israel / Chaiyanu Mercaz Shatner 3, Givat Shaul Jerusalem 95461 (972) 02-658-3000

Leadership Board of Directors Sol Mayer Mordy Rothberg Presidium

Shimmy Bertram Treasurer

Melvin Brill

Joe Hammer David Klein David Mandelbaum Hillel Moerman Elliot Moskowitz Moshe Taub Jon Weber Daniel Weingarten

Chairman Emeritus


Mechel Berger

Loeb & Troper LLP

Joseph B. Sprung

Chairman of Executive Committee

David Jemal Larry Spiewak

Co-Chairman of Board


Rabbi Simcha Scholar

Executive Vice President

Rabbi Abraham Cohen Executive Director

Rabbi Mordechai Gobioff

Director of Client Services, National

Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox

Director of Interventions and Community Education, Project CHAI

Breindy Glicher Controller

Nachman Maimon Director, Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special


Development Rabbi Arye Adest

Director, Community Affairs

Michael Albala

Director of Institutional Advancement

Rabbi Levi Katlowitz

Director of Community Development

Galit Reichlin Director of Major Gifts

Miriam Tennenbaum

Director of Alumni Affairs

Regions and Affiliates Greater New York Dr. Cheryl Book

Director of Clinical and Family Services

Mid-Atlantic Tzvi Haber

Program Director

Midwest Rabbi Shlomo Crandall New Jersey/PA

Bike4Chai/Tour deSimcha Rabbi Sruli Fried

Rabbi Sruli Fried, MSW Southeast

Executive Director

Ellen Weiss, MSW

Yoel Margolese

West Coast

Director, Bike4Chai

Mindy Tyner

Director, Tour deSimcha

Randi Grossman, MPH Camp Simcha UK Neville Goldschneider

Team Lifeline Moshe Turk Director


Chai Lifeline Antwerp Avi Maier Betty Maier Chai Lifeline Canada Rabbi Mordechai Rothman Director

Stuart Guttman

Regional Director, Montreal

Chaiyanu/Chai Lifeline Israel Elad Maimon Director