Natalie and Danny Hiller of Lawrence to be honored; Malkie Hirsch of Woodmere to establish crisis intervention initiative in memory of her husband Moshe, z’l

Chai Lifeline invites you to take part in its first-ever Global Gala on Tuesday, December 8. The pre-Chanukah virtual event will support the children and families of Chai Lifeline, the Jewish community’s leading children’s health support network. World-renowned magician and endurance artist David Blaine will headline the exciting program, which will include inspirational videos and a special musical performance.

Natalie and Danny Hiller of Lawrence will be honored with the Children’s Champions Award.

“We are fortunate to have witnessed the life-changing and transformative powers of Chai Lifeline up close,” said the Hillers, who have both volunteered for the Five Towns i-Shine since 2015. “We are grateful to be able to do whatever we can to help local families confronting difficult and challenging times.”

Malkie Hirsch of Woodmere will establish The Greater New York School Crisis Intervention Initiative in memory of her husband, Moshe, z’l.

“After Moshe’s sudden death, Chai Lifeline was there to offer us support at every step of the way,” said Hirsch. “Their Project Chai crisis intervention team helped me navigate my own grief and helped my children process the traumatic loss of their father. Whether it was the children participating in Chai Lifeline’s afterschool i-Shine program or the ongoing support of Project Chai, Chai Lifeline was there for me during the most challenging of times.”

The Global Gala will also honor Rabbi Yehiel and Shulamis Kalish, Community Leadership Award; Janine and Max Klein, Young Builders Award; Sarette and Bryan McIntosh, Champions of Hope Award; and pay tribute to Founding Director of Chai Lifeline Southeast Ellen Weiss for her 32 years of dedicated service.

“Every day, Chai Lifeline provides critical programs and services to more than 5,900 children and families around the world,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline chief executive officer. “The Global Gala is an opportunity for all of us to come together, no matter where we are located, to celebrate and support our commitment to the most vulnerable in our community.”

Chai Lifeline’s year-round programs and services include professional case management and counseling; transportation to medical appointments; nourishing meals delivered to hospitals and homes; emergency financial assistance through the Evan Levy, z’l, Fund; Project Chai crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement support; i-Shine afterschool programming; insurance and medical advocacy; a medically supervised summer experience at Camp Simcha, Camp Simcha Special, and the newly-launched Camp Simcha Without Borders; and so much more.

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