ChaiSpotlight: Dina Benayon

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Victor Frankel, Psychologist and Holocaust Survivor. I dedicate this post to the people who embody this quote to an extent that most of … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Rafi Yablonsky

In the timeless words of Ryunosuke Satoro, “Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean.” I’ve worked in a public corporation, a major Toronto software company, and a Toronto charity that raises $60M annually. Each one claims that teamwork is what sets them apart from everyone else. Yes, working in a team … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Miriam Leibowitz

I am excited to be writing my second blog for Chai Lifeline Canada. The past few months have been really busy for me both as a Registered Dietitian and as Team Manager for Team Lifeline Canada, I have been busy helping my clients make and keep their new years resolutions. I have been featured in … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Jen Gelberger

My name is Jennifer Gelberger and I have had the privilege of serving as a Volunteer and Family Event coordinator at Chai Lifeline since October 2013. People often ask if my job is “depressing” since I see so many sick children, but the reality is just the opposite.  My job allows me to see the … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Orly Davis

Hey there! Like others in my Chai fam, I have never written for a blog before – and I have to say, this is scary! Welcome to the mind of Orly Davis – unwavering belief in miracles, dreams and Disney (let’s be real here). I have always been community minded and throughout my life, knowing … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Sonya Kaplan

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Where were you last Sunday? Where was I last Sunday? You know where I was? At the starting line of something I anticipated for over 6 months. I still can’t believe what I did, what I worked for, what I accomplished, yet I DID IT. Never in a million years did I think I would … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Sara Blum

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When I became a Case Manager at Chai Lifeline, I didn’t really know all that it would entail. My first time walking into a hospital room to meet a new family – I was scared, but I did bring toys with me. The child’s face brightened and she lifted up her hands to m and in … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Silvia Schwarz

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Hola!  My name is Silvia Schwarz and I have the honour of being the Office Administrator at Chai Life Line Canada. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2003 I moved to Canada with my husband and started a new life, for about 10 years I was working part time and taking care … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Rafi Bienenstock


Hi, Rafi Bienenstock here. I’ve been a volunteer with Chai Lifeline Toronto now for three years. Throughout my years volunteering I feel like I have seen the immediate effect of Chai Lifeline from the front lines. From being at the office in Toronto, putting away box after box of donations, to dancing with all the … Read more

ChaiSpotlight: Teddy Lubimzev


Hi! My name is Teddy Lubimzev and I have the privilege of being the Operations Officer at Chai Lifeline Canada. Seeing all the wonderful things our organization does inspires me on a daily basis to craft different strategies and roadmaps to reach our goal of helping more families. I am quite excited, since this is … Read more