Chai launches brand new ‘Chai Mitzvah’ Programme

Inspired by the huge amount of enthusiasm from our committed young supporters who have chosen to share their simchas with Chai, we are excited to announce the launch of our national Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programme, ‘Chai Mitzvah’.

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a significant milestone in a young Jewish person’s life. As you prepare for your special day, you are likely planning a charitable mitzvah project as well. Chai Cancer Care would be honoured to be your chosen charity!

There have been many advances in cancer treatments in recent years and thankfully, more people are living with and beyond cancer than ever before - but cancer is still a subject that few people ever wish to think or talk about. We are hoping that through our ‘Chai Mitzvah’ programme, our ambassadors will be our front line, helping to break down the taboos surrounding the subject and spreading the word about the impact that Chai has on all those who turn to us.

As an ambassador, you will be invited for an exclusive tour of Chai’s flagship centre’s in either Hendon or North Manchester. This will give you the opportunity to see ‘Chai in action’ and learn more about our specialised support services. Experiencing the special atmosphere that makes such a difference to people’s lives, we are sure you will be inspired to create your own fundraising event and page to raise vital funds for the ‘Chai in Schools’ initiative*. From cake sales and sponsored walks to scaling the highest peaks, we can help you every step of the way. At the end of the year, you will be invited to a Chanukah party with some of our younger clients affected by a cancer diagnosis in their families.

Joshua Rabin and ‘The 4 Sons’, all chose to support Chai as part of their Bar Mitzvah preparations.

Josh explains, “In March 2016, my mum was diagnosed with stomach cancer. To help cure her illness she needed to have chemotherapy. After her treatment, she felt very ill and found it difficult to eat. Soup was easy for her to digest and nourishing too. I came up with an idea to create a soup cookbook to help other people with cancer. The soup cookbook was sold at Chai’s flagship centre and was so popular, it sold out so we’ve reprinted and raised over £2,000 so far.”

George Rosenfeld (19) and Asher Levy (19) set up the singing group ‘The 4 Sons’ for their Bar Mitzvah’s. George and Asher said: “Since we first set up the group aged 13, it has combined two passions which all the boys share - one for music and one for charity. Over the past six years, it's been about more than just the songs which we have enjoyed performing or the £57,000 which we have raised for our wonderful charities - it's been about the power of bringing these two things together. That's what motivates us every day." 

Since then, the boys have gone on to raise in excess of £27,200 for Chai and have recently relaunched as ‘Kol Tov’. Other group members include, Noam Bernstein, Gideon Caplan and Rafi Levy.

Fulfilling tikkun olam and giving back as part of your Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparations is meaningful, very significant and extremely rewarding knowing you are helping so many other people. We look forward to working with you to create your ‘Chai Mitzvah’ project!

*The ‘Chai in Schools’ Programme was designed to give teaching staff the strategies to support children experiencing the impact of a cancer diagnosis in their family.

Acting as a central point of contact, Chai liaises between the school and the family to co-ordinate all the needs of the child, tailoring support to the type of request received.

As the need developed, we have expanded this programme and now send specialist play/art therapists and counsellors into the school premises to work directly with the children affected.

For more information or to become a ‘Chai Mitzvah’ Ambassador, please contact Danni Blumenblatt on 020 8457 3394 or email danielleb@chaicancercare.org