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Children’s Innocence

Shalom, a 2nd grader in Monsey, NY lost his mother to cancer just last week. After the emotional roller coaster of their mother's long and debilitating illness, Shalom and his brother were orphaned. Chai4ever's Director of Crisis Intervention, Moshe Borowski, was asked to speak to Shalom's classmates and friends to address their concerns before he came back to school. Moshe began with a discussion of how they could treat their friend with sensitivity and respect. He was blown away by the compassion of the 8 year more info

Children and Parental Illness

By Samuel Zaks When a parent is diagnosed with a serious illness, spouses, siblings, and grandparents are all impacted, but children are particularly vulnerable. A variety of factors, including dependency on parents for safety and security combined with fertile imaginations make this experience uniquely challenging. With the population increasing and the incidence of cancer and genetic diseases rising, the number of affected children continues to grow. Concerned adults (including parents, family, friends and educators) need to acquaint themselves with the impact of parental illness as such situations unfortunately become more prevalent. While there is no exact recipe or timetable for more info

Dayenu – It Would Have Been Enough

If Chai4ever had only cleaned my house for Pesach, Dayenu. If they had only sent delicious prepared meals to stock my freezer for Yom Tov, Dayenu. If their volunteers had only taken my children shopping for Yom Tov outfits and shoes, Dayenu. If their Big Brothers and Sisters had only taken my kids out to play, so my husband and I could get some rest, Dayenu. If their social worker had only called us before Pesach to make sure we had everything we needed, reminding us that we are not alone in our ordeal, Dayenu. If they had only more info

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