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Publication: THE JEWISH STANDARD
Date: October 2005
Writer: REBECCA KAPLAN BOROSON


NOAH PRICE SUCCUMBS TO CANCER

Noah Price of Pascack Valley died Oct. 1. The 3-year-old’s struggle with cancer, and the response of the widespread Jewish community was chronicled in this newspaper in December. Adult and teen volunteers, include many from Valley Chabad in Woodcliff Lake and Lubavitch on the Palisades in Tenafly, provided respite care and other support for the family.

The boy was renamed Chaim Noah by Valley Chabad’s Rabbi Dov Drizin early in his illness, following an ancient Jewish custom of adding a name, most often “chaim,” meaning “life,” to strengthen an ill person. If he does not survive that sickness, the name reverts to its original form.

As Noah’s mother, Lisa Price, said in the Dec. 10 Jewish Standard, “Little did I know that the entire Jewish community, from Brooklyn and the Lower East Side to the Pascack Valley to Passaic and Teaneck, Englewood, and Washington Heights — people from all over ... would come to our rescue.”

The volunteers interviewed for the Standard’s article about Noah spoke lovingly about the boy, who spent much of his short life in hospitals. One volunteer, who met him at Hackensack Hospital and Medical Center, said, “I walked into his room and fell in love, instantly. It was his smile, his kiss.... You’d walk into the room and he just blows you a kiss.”

In 2003, Drizin and Valley Chabad started a drive to write a Torah for Chaim Noah. Other members of the community, including Rabbi Andrew Bloom of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake and Rabbi Andre Ungar, its then spiritual leader, joined the drive, as did Rabbi Peter Berg of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township.

Drizin was quoted at the time as saying that “every letter written in [the Torah], every time someone participated, conferred upon him a spiritual merit that he should be healthy and well.”

Chabad also used the Torah project to help raise money for the family to help deal with the enormous cost of the boy’s medical care.

In addition to his mother, Lisa, and father, Mark, Noah is survived by a twin sister, Jaiden, and an older sister, Arianna.

Noah’s funeral, on Sunday at Lubavitch on the Palisades, was attended by close to 300 people. Arrangements were by Gutterman Musikant.

Valley Chabad has established a fund to help offset the costs of his medical care.

 
 
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