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Fire Destroys Bunkhouse at NY Camp for Kids with Cancer

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

A fire at Camp Simcha, a camp  for children with cancer, destroyed one bunkhouse and damaged a newly built one.

The fire was discovered when a counselor at the camp in Glen Spey, N.Y., woke up early Saturday morning and smelled smoke. The counselors evacuated the 15 residents of the cabin, including one camper in a wheelchair, VIN News reported.

The entire camp then was evacuated to a helicopter landing field near the camp. Several people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters believe the cause of the fire is electrical, VIN reported.

Donors to Chai Lifeline, the organization that sponsors the camp, are sponsoring a visit to a local shopping mall to help the campers in the destroyed bunk replace their personal items, according to the report.

The camp season ends Tuesday.

‘Goodbye Darkness, My Young Friend’

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The fact that you are reading this article can only mean that the gut-churning, frantic, multi-tasking marathon known as getting ready for Pesach is behind you; the sedarim – and the focused, micro-managing required to ensure the table was properly and halachically set up, not to mention the avalanche of food that was prepared – are over; the married children and friends who swooped down like biblical locusts and ate a month’s worth of groceries in four days are on their way to the in-laws or to their own homes, and you are now enjoying the pleasurable act of catching your breath – and breathing.

It is chol hamoed and life is kind of back to normal. Of course true normal is enjoying your coffee with a multi-grain bagel slathered in cream cheese; for now it is still out of reach, but you are buoyed by the knowledge that in the not too distant future, you will be able to sink your teeth into one.

In just a few days, things will be back to the way they were, and Pesach will be a smorgasbord of pleasant (and to be honest, perhaps not quite so pleasant) memories, and a source of pride for the neshai chayil – and their spouses – who pulled it off.

But for some families, going back to normal any time soon is something of a dream; going back to the lives they knew is not part of their reality – for their today and the many tomorrows ahead consist of a new “normal” – one that they did not choose, one they are desperate to change. These are the families with critically ill children. These are the mothers, fathers and siblings who must deal with the challenging reality that a young member of the family is very, very sick. These are the members of Klal Yisrael who understand what it is like to be in Mitzrayim, to be under the heel of the cruel Pharoah that is cancer and other life-threatening or debilitating diseases.

Unfortunately, these families are not so rare. In fact, their numbers are growing with each passing day as more and more children are being diagnosed with soul-shattering illnesses.

But just like the despair and pain and hopelessness of our enslaved ancestors reached Hashem’s ears and He responded, so too has the anguish, confusion and terror of parents suddenly thrown into a scary, unfamiliar nightmare been seen and noted. Concerned Yidden saw the suffering of their fellow Jews and stepped up to the plate to offer help and hope. Thus Chai Lifeline was born.

Chai Lifeline was founded in New York in 1987 by a compassionate group of community leaders, rabbis and pediatric oncologists who saw the need to provide logistical, emotional and financial support for overburdened families struggling to function while dealing with a critically ill child. Chai Lifeline evolved into a state of the art pediatric cancer support organization with offices within the United States as well as affiliates in Canada, England, Israel, and Belgium.

Chai Lifeline’s motto is Fighting Illness With Love. To that end, Chai Lifeline initially launched Camp Simcha in August 1987, enabling cancer stricken youngsters to be “normal,” like their siblings, and go to camp. It soon became apparent that these ailing children – and their families – needed social, emotional and financial support all year round. And with great devotion, chutzpah and determination Chai Lifeline provides all that – and more.

Chai Lifeline provides a myriad of year-round programs to help stricken children and their families “recharge their batteries” and maximize their ability to cope with their new “normal.” Programs include advocacy and information services; counseling for pediatric patients, parents and siblings; family retreats; tutoring for kids including via video-teleconferencing technology that links hospitalized or home-bound children with their classmates and friends; Big Brothers and Sisters, where older teens provide guidance and support through visits and phone calls; toy drives; family parties and retreats; tickets to sports events and concerts and plays; spa days for exhausted mothers; trips to Disney theme parks; crisis intervention and sadly, if necessary, bereavement services.

The many children who are cured of their illness are treated to a “well” trip to Israel with a parent or companion. In fact, all services and programs are offered at no cost to the children and their families.

Since the funds needed to support these programs unfortunately do not fall from the sky, like mon did for the recently emancipated children of Israel, fundraising is crucial.

To that end, Chai Lifeline Canada recently held it’s annual Sing For The Children Concert. Established six years ago in 2006, Chai Lifeline Canada, headed by Rabbi Mordechai Rothman, offers Canadian Jews, of all levels of observance and affiliation, the multi-faceted support they need to get through the daily challenges of dealing with a very sick child.

Crossword Puzzle – Noach’s Resume

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

 

 

 

Across

1. Fight 

5. Oarsman 

10. Guns, e.g. 

14. Common tree in Israel 

15. One who eats 6000 calories a day, most likely 

16. Sob 

17. Sunburn remedy 

18. Place for Tom Hanks or Steven Spielberg 

19. Recently popular juice berry 

20. (Possible) Job title for Noach 

22. Like some on Purim 

23. Airport letters 

24. The end for some foreign films 

25. Allergic 

26. (Actual) Job title for Noach 

30. Reads Exodus? 

32. Pimple 

33. Looney Tunes Corporation 

37. Like those who saw Kriyat Yam Suf 

38. With honorable intent 

40. Use K-9′s 

41. Southern currency? 

42. A popular card game, in English 

43. Give a public d’var Torah, e.g. 

44. (Messy) Job for Noach 

47. Let loose 

51. Three bladed weapon or a Greek letter 

52. ___ better be good 

55. Black and white musical piece 

56. (Hands on) Job for Noach 

59. “Says” yes 

60. Circle line segments 

61. Light 

62. Woodwind instrument 

63. Past 

64. Where Lima is 

65. Attended 

66. Virginia and Achva 

67. Get it here fast!

 

Down 

1. “The Final Frontier” 

2. First episode 

3. Oddities 

4. Abound 

5. Concert helper 

6. Table shape 

7. Australian director Peter 

8. Curvy shape 

9. Soak 

10. Knowing 

11. Happen again 

12. ___ to an end 

13. Slam (in volleyball) 

21. Not ons 

22. It ended VHS 

25. Crafty 

27. ___china 

28. Bukharian Jew, most likely 

29. Hurt 

30. Place to but a baby 

31. Amaze 

33. Land amount 

34. Tomchei Shabbos and Chai Lifeline 

35. Davis or Wright 

36. Kosher lady? 

38. Kindle competitor 

39. Lennon’s gal 

43. Boy from Mayberry 

44. Bronx or St. Louis 

45. Online research document 

46. Notices 

47. ___ until ___ (so far) 

48. Mythological women who fasted for 9 days 

49. Wore 

50. Beginning 

53. Kind of chips 

54. Become a desert 

56. Hamster home, often 

57. Happenings 

58. California Valley 

60. Like sushi

 

(Answers, next week)

 

Yoni can be reached at yglatt@youngisrael.org

Lipa, Disney, and Lulav and Etrog

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Observant Jews looking to travel far from home once had to confine themselves to day trips and packed sandwiches.

 

Those days are long over.  Luxury glatt kosher travel options, which took off with vacation packages for Passover, have expanded dramatically in recent years.

 

Now, Pure Tiyulim.com, a leading glatt kosher event and vacation tour operator, has chosen Disneyland in California as its venue to deliver a complete Sukkot experience, including accommodations at a luxury resort, gourmet glatt kosher cuisine, a huge sukkah built on the Disneyland Resort Dream Lawn, and a discounted rate on tickets to the Disneyland park.  

 

World-famous music star Lipa Schmeltzer will perform two concerts on Chol Hamoed as part of the program.  Produced by Sheya Mendlowitz, the concert will be conducted by renowned musical director Yisroel Lamm, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health organization.

 

Pure Tiyulim.com recognizes that vacation packages for observant Jews must meet a very high standard for quality and personalized service.

 

In this package, guests will stay at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel, which is a beach-themed resort in walking distance to the theme park’s main entrances.  At the hotel, guests will be able to participate in daily minyanim, lectures by renowned scholars and rabbis, and special activities for children.  The tour will also include a medical conference and attendees will be eligible for both continuing medical and legal education credits. Pure Tiyulim.com is even making lulav and etrog sets available to guests.

 

Overseeing the kashrut standards will be Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, who has served as the rav hamachshir for the successful Pesach with the Chevra tour.

 

Pure Tiyulim.com is one of the first glatt kosher tour companies to offer an innovative online booking system to make it as simple and convenient as possible for guests to register.

 

“We’re attending to every possible detail,” said Tim Webster, who founded Pure Tiyulim.com in 2007 along with Chaim Kaminetzky, operator of Pesach with the Chevra. “We are determined not just to meet our clients’ high expectations, but to exceed them.”

 

According to Rabbi Eidlitz, Pure Tiyulim.com draws its strength from the Kaminetzky-Webster team.

 

 “Chaim’s devotion to Klal Yisroel [the Jewish people] and to honesty,” said Rabbi Eidlitz, “and Tim’s devotion to pleasing the guests and doing the right thing, along with his talent of planning and following through, make this a unique combination of strengths that the guests benefit from throughout the program.”

 

 “Orthodox Jews today want to be able to experience the adventure of first class world travel, but things like keeping Shabbat and keeping kosher are not negotiable,” said Webster. “We bring all of those elements together.” Past Pure Tiyulim.com glatt kosher packages have included a food and wine trip to Europe, as well as luxury tours throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 

“We look forward to providing families with our world-renowned Disney guest service,” said Robert Donahue, who represents Disneyland’s Resort Sales and Services. 

 

“A great advantage of having Sukkot 2009 at the Disneyland Resort is that families staying at our beautiful hotels are just footsteps away from all of wonderful festivities and Disney magic,” said Donahue.

 

For many, Lipa is the biggest attraction. “We’re honoring Lipa by building in an extra opportunity to give tzedakah and support a tremendously worthy cause,” said Webster.

 

A portion of the concert proceeds will support Chai Lifeline’s network of two-dozen free programs and services that provide emotional, social and financial support to more than 3,400 children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses and their families.

 

Randi Grossman, west coast director of Chai Lifeline, has worked with Lipa in the past and is “honored to be the designated charity for the Lipa Schmeltzer concert.”

 

Lipa has a special relationship with the children of Chai Lifeline. “His performance at Camp Simcha this year was an incredible experience for our children and for him,” said Grossman. “You could feel the energy in the room, and you knew that every child was infused with the spirit of the music.”

 

Webster is happy to be part of an industry that is facilitating good deeds and bringing families together. “We’re pioneering new ways for families to celebrate holidays together and we’re offering experiences that will become the memories that last a lifetime,” he said.

Lipa, Disney, and Lulav and Etrog

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


Observant Jews looking to travel far from home once had to confine themselves to day trips and packed sandwiches.


 


Those days are long over.  Luxury glatt kosher travel options, which took off with vacation packages for Passover, have expanded dramatically in recent years.


 


Now, Pure Tiyulim.com, a leading glatt kosher event and vacation tour operator, has chosen Disneyland in California as its venue to deliver a complete Sukkot experience, including accommodations at a luxury resort, gourmet glatt kosher cuisine, a huge sukkah built on the Disneyland Resort Dream Lawn, and a discounted rate on tickets to the Disneyland park.  


 


World-famous music star Lipa Schmeltzer will perform two concerts on Chol Hamoed as part of the program.  Produced by Sheya Mendlowitz, the concert will be conducted by renowned musical director Yisroel Lamm, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health organization.


 


Pure Tiyulim.com recognizes that vacation packages for observant Jews must meet a very high standard for quality and personalized service.


 


In this package, guests will stay at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel, which is a beach-themed resort in walking distance to the theme park’s main entrances.  At the hotel, guests will be able to participate in daily minyanim, lectures by renowned scholars and rabbis, and special activities for children.  The tour will also include a medical conference and attendees will be eligible for both continuing medical and legal education credits. Pure Tiyulim.com is even making lulav and etrog sets available to guests.


 


Overseeing the kashrut standards will be Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, who has served as the rav hamachshir for the successful Pesach with the Chevra tour.


 


Pure Tiyulim.com is one of the first glatt kosher tour companies to offer an innovative online booking system to make it as simple and convenient as possible for guests to register.


 


“We’re attending to every possible detail,” said Tim Webster, who founded Pure Tiyulim.com in 2007 along with Chaim Kaminetzky, operator of Pesach with the Chevra. “We are determined not just to meet our clients’ high expectations, but to exceed them.”


 


According to Rabbi Eidlitz, Pure Tiyulim.com draws its strength from the Kaminetzky-Webster team.


 


 “Chaim’s devotion to Klal Yisroel [the Jewish people] and to honesty,” said Rabbi Eidlitz, “and Tim’s devotion to pleasing the guests and doing the right thing, along with his talent of planning and following through, make this a unique combination of strengths that the guests benefit from throughout the program.”


 


 “Orthodox Jews today want to be able to experience the adventure of first class world travel, but things like keeping Shabbat and keeping kosher are not negotiable,” said Webster. “We bring all of those elements together.” Past Pure Tiyulim.com glatt kosher packages have included a food and wine trip to Europe, as well as luxury tours throughout Australia and New Zealand.


 


“We look forward to providing families with our world-renowned Disney guest service,” said Robert Donahue, who represents Disneyland’s Resort Sales and Services. 


 


A great advantage of having Sukkot 2009 at the Disneyland Resort is that families staying at our beautiful hotels are just footsteps away from all of wonderful festivities and Disney magic,” said Donahue.


 


For many, Lipa is the biggest attraction. “We’re honoring Lipa by building in an extra opportunity to give tzedakah and support a tremendously worthy cause,” said Webster.


 


A portion of the concert proceeds will support Chai Lifeline’s network of two-dozen free programs and services that provide emotional, social and financial support to more than 3,400 children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses and their families.


 


Randi Grossman, west coast director of Chai Lifeline, has worked with Lipa in the past and is “honored to be the designated charity for the Lipa Schmeltzer concert.”


 


Lipa has a special relationship with the children of Chai Lifeline. “His performance at Camp Simcha this year was an incredible experience for our children and for him,” said Grossman. “You could feel the energy in the room, and you knew that every child was infused with the spirit of the music.”


 


Webster is happy to be part of an industry that is facilitating good deeds and bringing families together. “We’re pioneering new ways for families to celebrate holidays together and we’re offering experiences that will become the memories that last a lifetime,” he said.

It’s My Opinion: Spreading The Help

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

     The importance placed on helping the less fortunate is an admirable trait of the Jewish community. Over the last month, my office has received many press releases touting programs and activities aimed at this sense of generosity. I will share two of them.

 

    One of the press releases proudly spoke of the volunteers at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged as they “celebrated its first-ever Christmas party with needy children from the Little Haiti Soccer Stadium Park.”   The group was, “spreading the joy of the holiday season and distributing $700 worth of toys to the local youngsters.”

 

   The organization’s public relations representative asked me to include a photo with the story.  It showed a group of Jewish looking matrons, embracing a smiling group of happy Haitian children. 

 

   Another item was a press release about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Volunteer Day on Christmas.  Four of the five activities that were scheduled involved events that were meant to feed, distribute toys and spread Christmas “holiday cheer” among the needy.  There was only one Jewish Chanukah event, which involved candle lighting for seniors and a card-making project.

 

   Certainly, one would have to be heartless to begrudge a needy human being to have a happy holiday, no matter what religion is practiced.  However, the Jewish community can simply not afford the drain on its very limited resources. 

 

    The Jewish population of the United States is about one-and-a-half of a percent. Many of these Jews are totally unaffiliated.  The ones that identify with Judaism are few, indeed.

 

    The Jewish penchant of taking on so many causes has deleterious results.  It cuts into the very limited available funds and resources that should be directed toward helping our own brothers and sisters.

 

   Perhaps the kind and well-intentioned Jewish volunteers in South Florida could be steered to local organizations like JAFCO, (the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Organization), Chai Lifeline, or the Aleph Institute.  Local synagogues and yeshivot could also use a helping hand.

 

   When did you ever hear of a Christian charitable organization raising money to assure that poor Jews could enjoy a Seder, or buy kosher meat or give their children Chanukah gelt?  It is a harmful indulgence to take care of others when so many of our own people are facing hardship. 

 

    There are Jewish men, women and children who are in need.  There are Jewish youngsters who did not get a single Chanukah toy.  There are Jewish families who can barely scrape by.  There are Jews who are ragged and poorly fed.

     Jewish individuals and organizations need to stop flitting about saving the world.  We have a lot of work in our own backyard.  Helping all types of people may be satisfying, but we really are our own brothers’ keeper. 

WYHS Students Holding Chanukah Toy And Book Drive

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School is holding a Chanukah Toy and Book Drive this month to benefit Chai Lifeline.

     Chai Lifeline is an organization whose mission has been to restore the light of childhood to children with life-threatening or chronic illness.  Chai Lifeline restores normalcy to family life, and better enables families to withstand the crises and challenges of serious pediatric illness.

     Student Council Vice President and President of Community Outreach, senior Perla Maikhor, explains: “This year, WYHS’ chesed committee decided to run a toy and book drive in order to put a smile on Chai Lifeline’s kids’ faces during Chanukah. We will be collecting all types of games and toys for kids of all ages. We are very excited about this drive and hope to make a great impact on families and enable them to have some happiness.”      Un-wrapped brand new toys and books will be accepted through Monday, December 29 at Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. For more information, please contact Heather Andron at 561-417-7422.

    The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, located at 7902 Montoya Circle in Boca Raton, is a religious Zionist Jewish high school.  WYHS combines a rigorous college-prep curriculum with inspiring Judaic studies.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community//2008/12/24/

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