Camp Simcha marks Alumni Day with entertainment and dedication
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Camp Simcha marks Alumni Day with entertainment and dedication

The Steiner family of Monsey, N.Y., joined more than 500 former Camp Simcha campers, counselors, and staff and their families at Alumni Day on July 29 at Camp Simcha’s campus in Glen Spey, N.Y. (Courtesy Chai Lifeline)
The Steiner family of Monsey, N.Y., joined more than 500 former Camp Simcha campers, counselors, and staff and their families at Alumni Day on July 29 at Camp Simcha’s campus in Glen Spey, N.Y. (Courtesy Chai Lifeline)

Alumni Day visitors were treated to a day at the circus, featuring alumni-led entertainment by the Shnitzel Guys, Yitzy Haber, and Donny Weinraub, as well as the Braun family’s professional unicycling show. Visitors also enjoyed tours of the campus and a camp-wide barbecue dinner.

“Camp Simcha has touched the lives of thousands of children and families over the years,” said Miriam Tennenbaum of Teaneck, Chai Lifeline director of alumni relations. “Alumni Day is an opportunity for former campers and staff to connect the past with the present and experience the joy of Camp Simcha once again. It is also a celebration of those who have given so much to making Camp Simcha the special place it is.”

The day included the dedication of a technology room, created with funds raised by several alumni through Team Lifeline, in memory of former camper Jon Hecht. In addition, alumni made a siyum, completing the entire Chumash and mishnayos, in memory of Shachar Weissberg, a longtime Camp Simcha camper and counselor. Speakers included Mordy Rothberg of Teaneck, a Chai Lifeline presidium member and Camp Simcha alumnus, who shared a few words of Torah.

Each summer, close to 500 seriously ill children are treated to medically supervised camp experiences at Camp Simcha, for children battling cancer and other hematological illnesses, and Camp Simcha Special, for children with debilitating chronic conditions. Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special are projects of Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network, which provides emotional, social, and financial support to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families.

For more information, go to www.chailifeline.org.

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