(L-R) Chanan Oren, EL AL Operations Manager, JFK International Airport; Danny Saadon, EL AL VP/General Manager, North and Central America; Nachman Maimon, Chai Lifeline Program Director; and Rabbi Mordechai Gobioff, Chai Lifeline National Director of Client Services
New York, NY – Sept. 24, 2012 – EL AL Israel Airlines was recently honored by Chai Lifeline, a non-profit organization that provides emotional, social, and financial support to families with children who have cancer and other life-threatening or chronic illnesses. The organization recognized EL AL and its staff for continuing the tradition of making special arrangements to accommodate the needs of their groups and for providing warmth, smiles, and outstanding care to these special children, both on the ground before taking-off and throughout their flights between the U.S. and Israel.
Every year, EL AL flies hundreds of Chai Lifeline children, teenagers, their families, staff and cancer survivors to locations around the world. Dozens of these young people attend Camp Simcha in upstate New York, Chai Lifeline’s overnight summer camp for seriously ill children and teens.
Nachman Maimon, Chai Lifeline Program Director stated, “The EL AL management and staff continue to provide personalized and caring service which makes it possible for the children to take a trip that most never dreamed they could manage. Regardless of any challenge, EL AL personnel is devoted to ensuring that our groups are comfortable and happy.”
Danny Saadon, EL AL Vice President/General Manager, North and Central America, expressed gratitude for such an honor. “We appreciate this recognition from Chai Lifeline which is such an important organization that brings joy to so many young people and their families. It is also a meaningful time of the year to receive and share this acknowledgement.”
Every February, EL AL flies cancer survivors and teens living with chronic illnesses as part of “Wish at the Wall,” another Chai Lifeline program. In 2011, this program made history when it became the first teen tour composed of chronically ill and disabled children.