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Over 300 parents and guests recently filled the Shul of Bal Harbour ballroom for the CHAP annual end-of year dinner. CHAP is a daily after-school program for children and teens in public schools run by Chabad Chayil – the Jewish Center of Highland Lakes.

Participants were delighted as the elementary-age children opened the evening with song and dance, setting the mood for a night to remember.


“Every year we think it’s the best, yet somehow, it gets even better,” said Michael Wohl, a Chabad Chayil supporter. This year’s event had a children’s dinner with laser tag and loads of fun while the adults enjoyed their own entertainment.

Attorney Barry Snyder was honored with the Community Chessed Award. Snyder told parents and guests about the great value of and tremendous need for CHAP.

“I’ve watched the program grow into what it is today and I see first hand how crucially it is needed,” Snyder said. “We try our best to work with what we have and thank G-d, you see the amazing results. Hundreds of children come through our doors.”

The highlight of the evening came with six speeches. Each speech was given by a child who in the CHAP program. The speeches were short but each one mesmerized the crowd. The youngsters all had something special to share about the way Chabad Chayil and the CHAP program had affected their lives. Many in the crowd were in tears.

To learn more about this unique program, visit or call (305) 770-1919.


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Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.