Chai Lifeline Programs and Services

When serious illness strikes a child, the entire family is affected. Chai Lifeline's extensive network of free programs and services is designed to help every member of the family cope during this time of crisis.
Below is a listing of programs available from Chai Lifeline. For assistance or more information, please call 1-877-CHAI-LIFE.

Camp Simcha (dedicated in memory of Dr. Samuel Abraham)
Named in memory of Dr. Samuel Abraham
Situated on the Jack and Moishe Horn Campus

The foremost kosher summer camp specially designed to suit the needs of children with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Solomonís Childrenís Initiative
Responding to the growing needs of todayís young clients and planning for the next generation of seriously ill children and their families. In memory of Solomon Obstfeld.
Advocacy and Case Management
Assistance, information and support in identifying appropriate physicians and treatment centers as well as expediting their services and availability.
Ariella Horenstein Music in Our lives
Integrates music into the lives of our children and families by offering year-round opportunities to express the wonder and magic of musical expression. To donate directly to Music In Our Lives, click here
Bernard and Lucille Katz Chailine Telephone Support Groups
Chai Lifeline maintains a number of teleconference support group programs for parents of children living with a wide range of serious medical conditions. In addition, an "Information ChaiLine" brings current psychoeducational information directly to parents of seriously ill children by connecting them via teleconference with experts in the health field. All teleconference support groups are facilitated by clinical social workers and psychologists.
Bernice Rimberg "Our SIBS" Program
(Specially Important Brothers and Sisters)

Under the guidance of doctors, social workers and mental health professionals, the our SIBS program offers siblings counseling and vital information regarding their brothersí or sistersí illnesses. The program also features annual two-day retreats for siblings as well as special trips and events.
Bryna Fertig Volunteer Training Program
Special workshops and training sessions for Chai Lifeline volunteers to enhance their understanding, sensitivity and practical skills in volunteer endeavors
Chai Family Centers
Community-based counseling centers to assist patients, parents and siblings in dealing with serious illness.
Disney World Trip, sponsored by the Ohr Meir Foundation
Sponsored by the Ohr Meir Foundation.

Every year, Chai Lifeline organizes a four-day Disney World winter retreat for children battling cancer or other serious diseases. Sponsered by the Ohr Meir Foundation, the medically supervised, fun-filled excursion offers participants a much-needed break from the routine of serious illness.
Donald Alan Harris Healing Hearts Bereavement Program
When tragedy occurs, Chai Lifeline offers telephone counseling and support groups, as well as special weekend retreats to help families cope with their loss.
Elimelech Moskowitz Homebound Educational Learning Program (tutoring services)
Tutoring programs that enable hospitalized or recuperating children to keep up with their school work.
Hartman Family Foundation Wish at the Wall
Wish-at-the-Wall takes children and teens from across the United States who have survived cancer and other life-threatening illnesses on an unforgettable trip to Israel. For these very special tourists, every moment in the Holy Land is immeasurably enhanced by being shared with others who have waged and won the war against cancer.
Honey Engel Toy Drive
Each year the Honey Engel Toy Drive collects and distributes thousands of toys to hospitalized children throughout the United States. Many of these children receive their gifts at hospital parties sponsored by Chai Lifeline. At a separate annual gala, toys are presented to children who have been or are currently being assisted by Chai Lifeline as well as to their siblings. Families who are unable to attend the party receive the gifts by mail.
i-Shine

i-Shine Teaneck
In memory of Ilana Schwartz


Insurance Support Service
Assists families in processing health insurance claims and obtaining reimbursement.
Joan and Shael Bellows Family Day
Kids and families spend an exciting day at Six Flags Great America Amusement Park in Illinois.
Leon & Zipporah Goldstein Simcha Program
Decorated, delicious food packages raise the spirits of children hospitalized during holiday periods.
LH Financial Services Annual Winter Retreat
A weekend of unprecedented support that enables families to better withstand the challenges of illness
Louis Wertenteil Heart-to-Heart
The Louis Wertenteil Heart-to-Heart Project provides "big brothers" and "big sisters" for seriously ill children and, when appropriate, for their siblings. In addition to supervising special trips and organizing annual Purim carnivals, big brothers and sisters arrange birthday celebrations and group outings to ball games, concerts, and other recreational events. By staying in frequent contact with their assigned youngsters, big brothers and sisters also serve as vital links between Chai Lifeline families and the organization.
Martha Prince 6 X Chai Volunteer Program
Six options for volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of children and families.
The Joseph & Elsie Listhaus ChaiLink webcam connections and laptop loans
Hospital or home-bound children can be connected to their classrooms through Chai Lifelineís technically sophisticated teleconferencing system.
  • State-of-the-art equipment loaned by Chai Lifeline to children and, if needed, to their schools.
  • Technical assistance available.

  • The Sohacheski Family, Relax, Renew & Reconnect
    In Memory Of Leo Presser

    Weekend getaways for parents of chronically ill or disabled children.
    Boro Park / Kletzky Tragedy

    Project Chaiís Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings


    Click here for Project Chaiís Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings.
    Resources on the Midwood Fire Tragedy


    Click here for Project Chaiís Response to the Midwood Fire Tragedy.