From all of us at The Donald Berman Chai Lifeline we'd like to Thank You for your continued patronage and wish you and your family a very Happy and Healthy Passover.

New Sunday Drop In Program at Chai Lifeline provides much needed respite to families in crisis.

Since January, we've had the opportunity to run a Sunday Drop-in Program twice a month. This 2-hour program is held in our play room at the Chai Lifeline office, where the kids play in the play house, participate in different art activities, play video games, and do many other fun things with our amazing volunteers. We alternate inviting Chai kids and/or their siblings one week with PHH children who are young children who have a seriously ill parent at home the next. This program provides respite for the parents and a morning of fun for the kids. We look forward to doing it again in the future!
Montreal - Celebrating milestones, volunteers and family.
Our team, famlies and community are all truly each blessed to have one another to lean on. Here are just a snap shots of the fun and celebrations we accomplished thanks to you. 
  • For Chai Lifeline warrior, Emily's, 8th birthday we threw her a "Frozen" themed bash - complete with a real-life Princess Elsa and Olaf! 
  • Our first ever Bowl4Chai fundraiser was a resounding success. Everyone; friends and family, adults and kids, had a blast bowling while raising an incredible $48,000 in support of our warriors and in loving memory of Dr. Matthew Morton.
  • Painting, Video Games, Pizza, Ice Cream, Drum Circles and, of course, SLIME! When the holidays are busy at home and families are affected with an illness, Chai Lifeline steps in providing programs like The Pre-Pesach Program which gave their parents the opportunity to cook, clean and prepare for the holiday.
  • Dodge-Bow Volunteer Appreciation - What better way is there to show our volunteers how much we appreciate them than by taking them to Dodge-Bow. Over 40 people came out for an evening of dodging & fun!
Toronto Volunteer Spotlight - Leeatte Frisch Israel 
Leeatte has been volunteering with Chai Lifeline for almost three years, and in that time has been a true lifeline for so many of our families. She first started as a 'big sister' for one of our teenage girls with special needs. She would plan the most creative, imaginative activities that accommodated her little sister's restrictions and capabilities. Leeatte never missed a week. She showed up at her house each and every week, filled with genuine excitement to spend time with her little sis. She continued visiting with her little sister for two years. During that time, she pitched in in so many other ways, helping other families in crisis in whatever way the needed, coming out to our holiday events, life guarding at our cottage day event, and more.
Upon Leeatte' s return home from a few months away in Israel, she called us the day she landed to see how she can get involved again. We connected  her with a young teenager dealing with chronic illness. This volunteer opportunity presented a different set of challenges, and she surpassed our expectations yet again.
"Being a Chai Lifeline volunteer means getting an opportunity to help make a difference in people's lives, no matter how small. I've been a 'big sis' for about two years and together we've enjoyed going swimming, doing art projects and making sushi. Spending time with my 'little sibs' has taught me to be compassionate, patient and caring. Chai Lifeline is an amazing organization that helps people in need and volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. Thank you Chai Lifeline and all other volunteers for making this possible!"
Thank you Leeatte for your commitment to Chai Lifeline, we know you have inspired many others to get involved through being such an exemplary volunteer!
Volunteers Spreading Sunshine 

The volunteers at Chai Lifeline have been going above and beyond these past few weeks!
Starting with our Purim Carnival, and followed by Purim day itself, our Big Brothers and Sisters dressed up in costume and delivered mishloach manos to their little siblings all over the city, bringing their signature Chai Lifeline spirit to the holiday! Others spent a few hours at Sick Kids giving parents the chance to enjoy the holiday with their families at home. This past week,  many of our volunteers pitched in to help with our 'Restoring Hope' event at Roy Thomson Hall. Some helped manage the tickets and registration, while others spent over four hours behind stage with a group of Chai warriors, entertaining them while they waited for their on stage debut.

With many of our families home from school for the holidays, our volunteers have been hard at work helping families with grocery shopping, entertaining siblings, and taking shifts at the hospital to give moms a chance to prepare for Passover. Never a dull moment at Chai!
Wishing you and yours a Chag Sameach,

Sarah Kalkstein & Nechama Markovic - Volunteer Department
L-R: Tracy Zepp & Sarah Kalkstein
Chai Lifeline Toronto Welcomes Sarah Kalkstein & Tracy Zepp

As Chai Lifeline continues to provide support to new families each month, the expansion of our team in inevitable. The past few months have brought with us 2 new team members: Sarah Kalkstein, Volunteer Coordinator (Mat Leave) & Tracy Zepp, Manager of Development & Communications. 

Tracy:   A message from Tracy:  I am very excited  to join the team at Chai Lifeline Canada and its  outstanding development group. I am in awe of the amazing work that Chai Lifeline Canada does for our community and the profound impact it has on our Chai families.
I bring with me expertise in fundraising, donor stewardship, volunteer management and other skills to help enhance the growth and development of Chai Lifeline Canada. I spent several years as Associate Director of an organization assisting Jewish women who experience domestic violence, where my role included fundraising and development. My passion for fundraising started while volunteering as a lay leader at Associated Hebrew Schools.

I look forward to meeting all of our donors and Chai families personally and working with our many dedicated volunteers. Tracy can be reached via email at

Sarah Kalkstein, Volunteer Coordinator (Mat Leave) is very excited to join the Chai Lifeline team! She has been a long serving Chai Lifeline volunteer before joining our staff in a professional capacity and has a unique and personal connection to our clients based on all of the countless hours she has already given to our organization. Sarah has previously worked with children with special needs in a variety of capacities, and has most recently been employed at Associated Hebrew schools bringing her talent and sensitivity to their student body. We know what an asset Sarah will be to our team! If you'd like to reach out to Sarah regarding any upcoming volunteer opportunities,  she can be reached at

Wishing you all a Chag Kasher v'Sameach - Tracy & Sarah
Restoring Hope Highlights Clockwise from Top Centre; MC & Comedian Modi, Musical Performances by Caroline Campbell & William Joseph, Chai Lifeline kids and warriors take the stage, William Joseph, Mordy Rothman Executive Director of Chai Lifeline, Israel Schachter Shin Lim, Lior Suchard, Modi & Caroline Campbell. 
Restoring Hope, an evening of Marvel & Moxie

Chai Lifeline Canada is proud to honour the following for their ongoing commitment to the children and families of Chai Lifeline Canada: Gaby and Chaya Shull, Leadership Achievement Award, Maureen Leshem, Volunteer of the Year,  Gitty Nussbaum, Young Leader Award. 

The evening of inspiration and entertainment benefiting Chai Lifeline's important work featured master mentalist  Lior Suchard, widely regarded as the world's greatest mentalist. Suchard was joined by world champion sleight of hand artist  Shin Lim, and renowned comedian  ModiFor those who attended, thank you for joining us as we celebrated "Restoring Hope" to our brave Chai Warriors. Our Chai Lifeline team aims to return the spirit of hope and happiness to children and families impacted by pediatric illness. Doing everything we can, we surround the whole family and help carry them through crisis and into a space of courage and light. 

The work of Chai Lifeline would not be made possible with your support.  T hank you Restoring Hope, and Returning Spirit to Our Chai Warriors.
Sy Benlolo z'l - Spin for Chai is BACK!
On May 6th, 2018, Chai Lifeline Canada, in partnership with Spinco Toronto (Uptown) will be hosting its 2nd Spinathon, Spin for Chai, in memory of Sy Benlolo z'l. Sy was a kind soul who always loved to make people feel happy and special. Through his passions for music and children, he played a positive and loving role in many children's lives.
Please join us for one or two, high energy spin sessions and help Chai send our warriors to Camp Simcha, a one of a kind medically supervised Summer Camp for children with life threatening illnesses.  First Session already 80% SOLD OUT!

Event Chairs: Adam Ohayon, Albert Benudiz, Esther Elyse Ohayon, Nina Keslassy Benlolo & Maureen Leshem

Available online at - $25/each

Team Lifeline 2018/2019 Early Bird Registration is OPEN!

We are pleased to announce the 2018/19 Team Lifeline Canada EARLY registration form which is now on  line and officially open. This exclusive invite is for new and previous runners who are committing to raise a minimum of $5,500. Check out all the fabulous perks and prizes to be had when you join the Team of a Lifetime!  Valid until May 31, 2018 . Click  here  register or email  
Finally read Team Lifeline Canada's Program Manager, Miriam Leibowitz's article "Overcoming diet related challenges on Passover" in the COR Passover Guide page 96. Click  here  to read. 
Giving Made Simple

Thank you for helping us make Chai Lifeline Canada a critical resource for children and families affected by pediatric illness. 

All services at Chai Lifeline are provided free  of charge.
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