Chai Lifeline – Ways to Contribute

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Active in his community, Avrahom Joseph donates to Jewish outreach organizations in and around Lakewood, NJ, and beyond. Avrahom Joseph of Lakewood, NJ, stands out as a regular donor to the Chai Lifeline organization.

Dedicated to helping families affected by serious pediatric illness, Chai Lifeline provides services and social support to ease the journey for children and parents alike. Those who wish to contribute to this effort may make a general donation to the organization, either in one’s own name or as a tribute to another. Donations may also be earmarked to sponsor a parents’ support group, to fund the fulfillment of a child’s dream, and to support a family’s attendance at the organization’s winter retreat.

Those who prefer to donate their time can volunteer in any number of capacities. Chai Lifeline welcomes volunteers at Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, where children with severe chronic or life-threatening illnesses can play, make friends, and make memories that give them hope in their struggle. Volunteers are also welcome through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, which allows children to develop caring friendships that offer stability and joy.

In addition, Chai Lifeline welcomes volunteers in the Martha Prince 6xChai program. These volunteers visit children in hospitals and in their homes, participate in toy drives and meal programs, and assist families in getting to medical appointments. The organization also depends on volunteers to staff its tutoring program, which works with children’s schools to support young patients’ education during treatment and recovery.

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Joining Chai Lifeline’s Honey Engel Toy Drive for Lakewood Youth

A licensee of the New Jersey Commission of Higher Education and longtime advocate of education, Avrahom Joseph has been closely involved with traditional Jewish education establishments throughout the region over the past several years. A resident of Lakewood, NJ, Avrahom Joseph also lends his support to Chai Lifeline.

From its beginnings as a small summer camp program in New York City, Chai Lifeline has expanded in scope and size to care for children with illnesses from its regional offices in Lakewood, NJ; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles, CA; as well as a network of international affiliates. In order to bring holiday joy to children and their families during turbulent times, each year Chai Lifeline sponsors the Honey Engel Toy Drive, one of the largest charity drives of its kind in the Jewish world.

As part of the Toy Drive, Chai Lifeline accepts new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls of all ages. In addition to donating toys at participating schools and drop-off locations, contributors can purchase gifts online through Engel Toy Drive partner stores to contribute a portion of sales directly to Chai Lifeline. As a result of the contributions of supporters, Chai Lifeline was able to distribute more than 50,000 gifts to children in 2014 alone.

Chai Lifeline’s Simcha Programs

A resident of Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph currently serves on the board of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah in Spring Valley, New York. Additionally, Avrahom Joseph contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including Chai Lifeline.

Located throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world, Chai Lifeline is dedicated to supporting children with life-threatening illnesses, their families, and their communities. The nonprofit organization’s 24 year-round programs and services are offered free of charge for as long as the family is in need.

Every summer, Chai Lifeline hosts two overnight camps for hundreds of children. Camp Simcha welcomes campers with cancer and other blood disorders, while Camp Simcha Special is open to campers with other chronic conditions.

Specially designed to meet the campers’ needs, the popular camps provide a range of activities, from sports and water games to entertainment and arts and crafts. Both camps have state-of-the-art medical facilities to ensure that campers stay safe while they have fun and create memories. Led by experienced medical specialists, the facilities have full nursing and emergency technicians in addition to a fully staffed ambulance and an on-call Medevac helicopter. To accommodate children and teens with special needs and mobility issues, Camp Simcha Special staff can assist with wheelchairs, walkers, gastric tubes, and respirators.

Special Children’s Center – Programs and Events

An experienced salesman, Avrahom Joseph is a board member of Spring Valley, New York’s Yeshiva Meon Hatorah. Engaged with charitable organizations in and around Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph supports Special Children’s Center.

Founded in 1996, the nonprofit Special Children’s Center helps children and adults with complex developmental disabilities at every stage of their lives. Located in Lakewood, the center also offers programs for the families of people with special needs. With a network of teachers, volunteers, and trained aides, the organization provides a range of services, from case management and educational programs to respite programs and adult vocational resources, among others.

To sponsor its programs, the Special Children’s Center hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year. Its major event, the annual Jog4Center, is a 5K run ending with a barbecue and fireworks for race participants and their families. Other events include A Taste of Something Special, an annual tasting experience featuring kosher foods with a Chinese auction.

The Special Children’s Center Hosted a Food and Auction Fundraiser

Lakewood, New Jersey professional Avrahom Joseph enjoys spending his downtime outdoors hiking trails or boating. Dedicated to helping those around him, Avrahom Joseph regularly contributes to several charitable organizations, including the Special Children’s Center.

A nonprofit organization also located in Lakewood, the Special Children’s Center serves children and adults who have complex developmental disabilities. Established in 1996 by two teens, the organization has served more than 450 families with special needs. The organization provides developmentally disabled individuals with a chance to grow and progress while their families receive support from the local community.

During the year, the Special Children’s Center hosts events to help raise funds. On April 26, 2015, the organization sponsored A Taste of Something Special, where participants enjoyed a night out with friends, listened to a featured speaker, tasted the food industry’s newest products, and partook in a Chinese auction. Numerous food vendors offered kosher food brands, and the event raised money for the center to continue its services.

Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha

Avrahom Joseph, a board member of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah, maintains an active presence in his Lakewood, New Jersey community. Avrahom Joseph supports a wide array of community and charitable organizations, including Chai Lifeline, an organization that helps children who are seriously ill have the happiest and most normal childhood possible.

Chai Lifeline offers a wide range of free family-centered programs and services to the communities it serves. Camp Simcha is just one of Chai Lifeline’s many programs. Every summer, 400 children are welcomed to Camp Simcha, a medically supervised overnight camp designed for children who are battling blood disorders or cancer. The organization also operates Camp Simcha Special for children with debilitating chronic conditions.

Camp Simcha is located on 125 acres in New York’s Catskill Mountains, and children and teens in all treatment stages are allowed to attend. Campers can participate in activities such as talent shows, helicopter rides, arts and crafts, and adaptive sports. Every camper has their own counselor to make sure they get the most out of their time at Camp Simcha and away from hospital rooms.

The Psychological Benefits of Regular Martial Arts Practice

A resident of Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph currently serves on the board of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah in Spring Valley, New York. As a board member, he provides the organization with business guidance, ensures payroll deadlines are met, and resolves accounts payable. In his free time, Avrahom Joseph is an avid martial artist who practices Tai Chi, Krav Maga, and Tae Kwon Do.

Martial arts is frequently recognized for the many physical benefits it offers, but regular martial arts training may also provide psychological benefits. Scientific studies have shown that martial arts have a variety of positive effects on individuals. For example, learning martial arts can improve practitioners’ self-confidence and, in turn, help them remain calm in stressful circumstances.

Practicing martial arts has also been shown to improve mood. Long-time practitioners have reported lower levels of anxiety and aggression along with high levels of self-reliance and independence. These effects increase with time, assuming individuals continue to practice regularly. Beyond this, martial arts have been shown to improve discipline and focus, enhance self-control, and reduce stress levels.