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A Video to Warm the Heart
This moving video was screened at the annual event of the Friends of Yad Sarah in London and illustrates more than 40 years of activity - for the benefit of all Israelis. * In the video, veteran volunteer Vivian London speaks about her long association with Yad Sarah and the help that was there for her when she needed it * Photography and Editing: Simon Maurer * Research and Production: Benny Cohen, Public Relations
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Yad Sarah Reaches Out to Help Muquadam
Meet Muquadam, a two-and-a-half-year-old boy from Tanzania. He came to Israel under the auspices of Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), an NGO that arranges vital operations for children from developing countries in need of cardiac surgery. And Yad Sarah gave him a wheelchair to take home. In the photo: Muquadam with his mother and Yad Sarah Tourism Director Nadia Alalu.
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So Much More Than Just Wheelchairs!
They asked about borrowing a wheelchair - they received a complete guide to hosting an elderly relative in a safe and accessible environment * Reported by Shani Rosenfeld, director of the Exhibition and Guidance Center at Yad Sarah in Jerusalem * In the photo: Students of Social Work and Health Services, guests from Israel and abroad, come to the Center and get reliable information based on many years of professional experience
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Dalia Lahav, a member of Pesek Zman (time out) club, talks with volunteer Ora Maloul, reporter of Yad Sarah internet site

A few weeks ago I had written about the Pesek Zman club of "Yad Latomech" (The Caregiver's Center) which is one of Yad Sarah's Home and Community services. The center enables caregivers of a sick family member to ease the heavy burden for several hours a week and enjoy the varied activities offered there. This week I met Dalia Lahav, a member of the club, who explained its significance for her: "It is important that people get acquainted with this wonderful venture." Dalia retired from the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) after 30 years of work. When her husband retired from his public service work, they imagined many future years of an enjoyable life together. However luck was not on their side, as about six months ago Dalia's husband suffered a severe stroke, leaving him incapacitated. Being treated first in hospital and than in a rehabilitation center, after more than a half year of rehabilitation, he regained about seventy percents of his former functioning capacity. "He still needed help then" Dalia explains, "but had succeeded in functioning independently in many areas." For several months it seemed as though the improvement was permanent, but then he started having epilepsy attacks and his condition deteriorated. Dalia responded to this harsh reality with severe anxiety attacks. She recalls: "My husband's condition deteriorated quite a lot and I, an active and optimistic person, felt so low that my daily functioning deteriorated." Consulting a physician, he offered three possibilities to choose from – psychological therapy, medications, and a support group. At Yad Sarah's Caregiver's Center, Dalia was directed to a support group that turned out to be unsuitable for her situation. "I found it hard to contain others' difficulties," she says. She was then presented with the option of the Pesek Zman club, which proved to be the a wonderful solution for her. The members' warm acceptance of her, the variety of interesting activities, the talks within the group and the empathy of the club's manager, Yael Kav - all of these came together to improve Dalia's condition dramatically. "I regard the club as a kind of support group," she says, "a group of women whose mental condition deteriorated due to their intensive caring for sick spouses. The club is helping them to regain their strength and take control of their lives."

 
 
Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
The children wanted to help others less fortunate

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A Day at Yad Sarah
Chanukah is over and winter is upon us, but at Yad Sarah it is business as usual. See photo gallery above. Read more...

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Giving Stays in the Family
Elisheva Printz, lending director of the Jerusalem region, writes about Yad Sarah's newest branch in Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz- Stone) under the direction of the Felheimer family. * The family is continuing its own tradition as well as that of Yad Sarah's, and has established a local branch in their home * Photography: David Rothner *

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Hagit Yasu Gives Back
Customers who come to the Yad Sarah branch in Sderot are surprised to see Hagit Yasu sitting in front of one of the computers. (pictured) Hagit is well known as the winner of the "Kochav Nolad" program six years ago and received lots of publicity following the win.

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Where Does a Family from Oklahoma Turn When They Need Help in a Medical Emergency? Why, to Yad Sarah, Of Course!

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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
When Fun in Jerusalem owner and creator Joanna Shebson was looking for a venue to host her family event, she chose Yad Sarah and became a fan

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Our Young People Also Give Back
Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Beit Safafa: Amina Aliyan speaks the Yad Sarah language
YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

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As the Music Played, the Patient with Parkinson's Stopped Shaking
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, talks about a moment when music became therapy * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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