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Requests for Assistance from All Over the World
Requests are flooding into the Tourist Desk at the Department of Public Relations. For the first time, people in wheelchairs can fulfill their dream of visiting Israel, knowing that a full service tourist department can supply their every need – transportation from the airport in specially equipped vans, outfitting of hotel rooms with needed equipment, and much more. In the photo: Director of Tourist Services Nadia Alalu shows a map of locations from where Yad Sarah tourists originate
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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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Shkeydia Cohen writes about a dedicated couple who volunteer their time and talents for the good of others

As part of the “My Yad Sarah” series, I am happy to introduce a wonderful couple you may have already met – Rina and Avner Cohen. She volunteers at the Exhibition and Guidance Center (where I also volunteer). He volunteers at “Yad Sarah Mesayaat,” (Yad Sarah's Helping Hand) better known by its acronym, Yasam. Rina says, "I discovered the full range of Yad Sarah’s services and became a “public relations ambassador for the organization.” Rina tells me a bit about herself. "I was born in the Mekor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem and presently live in Pisgat Ze’ev. I am married with five children and two grandchildren and I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science.I worked for about 40 years in the Rehabilitation and Families and Commemoration Department of the Ministry of Defense.""After taking early retirement, I looked for volunteer work that would be different from the kind of work I had done until now. But it seems that things happen for a reason, and I found myself again in the field of rehabilitation, immediately thrown into intensive activity at Yad Sarah. I volunteer twice a week, seven hours each time at the Exhibition and Guidance Center." "I discovered an organization that offers assistance in such a wide range of areas, to the point that I felt guilty about not knowing about Yad Sarah when my parents were ill. Nowadays my husband and I see ourselves as public relations ambassadors of Yad Sarah. When our friends or parents encounter problem, we immediately suggest that they ask for help or advice from Yasam or other Yad Sarah service departments. Avner says he found good people on his journey. "I was born in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot. After graduating from high school and completing mandatory army service, I worked in the Finance Ministry as director of the Stamp Division of the Government Printer for about forty years. In my last year, I worked as director of Special Printing Services including passports and matriculation exams." "Before retirement, I began volunteering in the traffic division of the police force, and after three years left to volunteer at Yad Sarah, following my wife’s lead. I now volunteer twice a week, for about seven hours each time at Yasam." "I discovered a wonderful staff, whose sole goal is to help others. The staff is friendly and supportive. There is no question about it – I have definitely met good people in the middle of my journey." "Many people come to Yasam for advice and equipment. The staff patiently explains to each person how each type of equipment can help heal, make them comfortable, or pamper them and improve their quality of life." "I took an additional task upon myself . I distribute bread, rolls, and baked goods to the Day Rehabilitation Center and others – after receiving a generous donation from Reishit Dagan Bakery in Pisgat Zeev. Thank you, dear bakers!” Thank you dear couple! In summary, Rina and Avner emphasize that they are no different than anyone else. "We receive much more than we give, and we have made many new friends in our giving circle."

 
 
Happy Chanukah!

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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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A Symbol of the Soul's Triumph over the Body - Pascale Bercovitch at a Festive Event of the Friends of Yad Sarah
The athlete, who has become an inspiring symbol of the ability of the spirit to overcome the limitations of the body, will be the guest of honor at a dinner held by the Friends of Yad Sarah in England to mark 40 years of Yad Sarah's work on behalf of Israeli society. In the photo: The invitation to the event and a moment from an interview conducted with Pascale by Ruti Shiloni of Channel 2

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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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NSN Israel Focus
Nachum Segal welcomed Michael Benson, volunteer director of Yad Sarah's Beer Sheva branch, to JM in the AM to highlight Yad Sarah's services available for both Israeli residents and tourists with disabilities

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"Keep Up the Good Work"
Israel Meron and Ruti Reches bring the Yad Sarah message to the Family Physicians Conference * In the photo: Professor Ilana Tzur

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The Exhibition and Guidance Center: Bringing Information about Access and Safety Aids to the Homebound - Because Knowledge is Power
Director of Yad Sarah's Exhibition and Guidance Centers Dvora Roitman talks about a new program introduced at Yad Sarah House in Rishon LeZion, in close collaboration with the Home and Community Services Department. * In the photo: Naomi Aharoni, volunteer physiotherapist, with Yedida Pen, sitting comfortably on a reclining armchair

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The Entire Yad Sarah Family Mourns the Untimely Passing of Kiryat Sefer Branch Director Chaya Yehudit Klein z"l
We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and will remember her for her dedicated service to Yad Sarah and her community

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At Yad Sarah, We Cherish the Warm Human Connection We Have with Our Clients
At Yad Sarah branches throughout the country, all volunteers and staff will wear nametags *In the photo: CEO Moshe Cohen and senior staff members pose with their nametags

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An Electrifying and Moving Interactive Experience Connecting You to Yad Sarah’s Special World of Giving and Volunteering

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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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Yad Sarah to Fight Domestic Abuse in the Negev
Yad Sarah has announced the opening of a Family Center in the western Negev to both treat victims and offer counseling to the perpetrators of domestic violence

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Video: See How We Give

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Yad Sarah expands its assistance to tourists with disabilities who want to tour Israel
President and founder of Yad Sarah Uri Lupolianski on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities * photo: A group of tourists from a sheltered housing community in New Jersey at the entrance to Yad Sarah in Jerusalem – the guests visited Jerusalem in Yad Sarah’s wheelchairs

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"A Real Tourist Experience"
A delegation from the Tourism Ministry recently visited The Yad Sarah Experience and had only praise for the newly inaugurated visitor's center. Read here the letter received from Deputy Director-General Ahuva Zaken. In the photo: Malka Melamed and Zelina Ben Gershon, volunteer members of the Tourist Service staff, discussing options for the expansion of tourist services for people with physical disabilities.

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Salute to a Donor
Lee Friedman, a donor and friend of Yad Sarah, traveled to Israel from the States to see for herself the two vehicles she donated. One (pictured) is a unique van that safely transports the wheelchair-bound.

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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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Yad Sarah Employees, Volunteers and Departments Awarded the Mann Prize for Excellence
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Yad Sarah Makes its Volunteers Feel Valued
Diary of the volunteer Fayyad Habashi * This series, bringing the inspiring stories of Yad Sarah volunteers, is the creation of volunteer Shekedia Cohen.

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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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Love Comes to the Shikumon
Chemda and Amos met at Yad Sarah's Day Rehabilitation Center in Beer Sheva, and decided to get married! Our "family" is elated over this first-time event * Story by Miriam Kopeika

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The Geriatric Dental Clinic: More Room for More Patients
Clinic director Dr. Tamar Kartin-Gabbay (in photo): The clinic combines professionalism, a warm welcome, and moderate fees

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Better Than Pills and Therapy
Dalia Lahav, a member of Pesek Zman (time out) club, talks with volunteer Ora Maloul, reporter of Yad Sarah internet site

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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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