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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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"I am Meytal Helfenbaum, 36, born in Netanya. I addressed Yad Sarah due to my late brother Yarin's disease and regard this YS video clip as a documentary in his memory. Some details concerning my history: In high school, I became interested in graphic design; in the IDF I served as a human resources coordinator. After graduating in business administration I went on a tour of the USA. My brother Yarin became ill with muscular dystrophy at the age of 11. From then on, our home was full of devices and tools which were borrowed from Yad Sarah. When he was 14, Yarin underwent spine surgery and was in need of a wheelchair. Watching my mother coping with the challenges of his care, I quit my military position in order to help. It was then that I realized how important it was to provide a disabled person with as much mobility as possible, so I kept serving extensively (and to his great pleasure) as my brother's driver. While treaveling once again in the USA, I received news of my brother's hospitalization due to severe respiratory difficulties. I returned home promptly and helped Yarin take breaks outside of home in spite of being bound to the respiratory equipment. Six months before Yarin passed away, I got the impulse to do something else for my own wellbeing as well as for others. After seeing a YS advertisement, I started volunteering as a driver of a Nehonit, the special van in service of wheelchair bound persons. That's how I got to know Ze'evi Weinberger, YS's pure soul who loves to help others. After the death of my brother, Yad Sarah was for me a great source of support. I had volunteered for two years, the staff had become like a family to me. Here is my ultimate saying: I Love Yad Sarah." Below: Standing at the entrance to Israel's World of Giving at Yad Sarah are Eli Cohen, YS sites photographer, who guided and documented Meytal's visit; Lali Lupolianski, the center's director; Meytal Helfenbaum; Sepideh Yom Tov, PR & fund raising director; Raizy Schlissel, deputy director of the center.

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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