Achim B’yachad: Retreat at Raleigh
Published March 02, 2020
Children battling cancer and their families joined together with the Achim B’Yachad – Chai Lifeline staff for a weekend of support at the Raleigh Hotel.
Friday’s arrival had the families warmly welcomed by a garden themed entrance. The program began with the most exciting kid-friendly carnival of fun rides including hayrides, and horseback riding, a petting zoo, and refreshments followed by a Monkey Show and swimming. Preparation for Shabbos included a full selection of טועמיה food options and a carefully packaged box filled with goodies awaited them in their rooms and cabins. Lavish heimishe meals were served throughout the Shabbos accompanied By heartwarming זמירות led by a choir and emotional words shared by several fathers. Inspiring speeches of חיזוק by Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Executive Vice President of Chai Lifeline and by the לימנוב רב were absorbed by the parents thirsty for something to come away with.
Parents were also given the opportunity to consult with Dr. Cheryl Book, Mrs. Malky Klaristenfeld of Project Chai, (for woman) and Mr. Motty Klein LCSW-R (For men) for professional guidance throughout Shabbos. While adult sessions were taking place, Kids of all ages were occupied with constant entertainment. Each age group was kept stimulated with creative activities. On Motzei Shabbos a huge toy store was set up where each family received a variety of toys and games. The weekend concluded with a gourmet Melava Malka with an exciting Magic Show by Chaim Elya Hartman followed by leibedig dancing accompanied by a full music band of The Karpen Brothers. Families left on Sunday morning rejuvenated; feeling again that they’re not alone on their journey.
It is the Raleigh Hotel’s privilege to host such a meaningful retreat.