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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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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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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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Joe Appleman Celebrates His 90th Birthday at Yad Sarah
The Yad Sarah family was thrilled and honored to celebrate the 90th birthday of our supporter and loyal friend, Joe Appleman, here at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. Joining the festivities were his wife, Florence, his daughters and sons-in-law and many friends. Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski thanked him warmly for his many years of devotion to Yad Sarah and wished him many more years of good health and dedication to his fellow man. By David Rothner* Photo: Menashe Karni**
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THEY LOVE YAD SARAH
In the Solomon Schechter School in Westchester, New York, they do more than just talk about their love for the Jewish state, they do something about it * A group of students got together and decided to bake cakes and hold a bake sale to raise money for Yad Sarah in Jerusalem, an organization best known for its medical equipment lending service* The teens arrived in Israel and headed straight for Yad Sarah’s Jerusalem headquarters with check in hand* They then rolled up their sleeves and helped clean and ready recently returned wheelchairs to be lent out once again to others in need
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David Rothner talks about Yad Sarah’s special role in the rehabilitation of Shai Ben Israel, a victim of the latest wave of terror

This isn’t the first time Yad Sarah has been instrumental in aiding the wounded from Israel’s many wars, including the war on terror. In its many years of existence, Yad Sarah staff members have acquired vast knowledge that make them experts in all areas of recuperation and rehabilitation, especially the tools needed to adapt medical equipment to the special needs of a patient. So it’s no wonder that when Yad Sarah’s special equipment head Meir Greenwald met terror victim Shai Ben Israel, good things started to happen. Shai was wounded in a terror incident five months ago outside the Israeli settlement of Psagot, when terrorists rammed his car as he was traveling to the settlement with his wife and two sons. His two daughters were traveling in their grandparents’ car and reached Psagot safely just a few minutes before. Shai describes how he was taken to Shaarei Zedek Hospital with one of the boys. He was wounded in both legs and in his left arm. His wife and other son were taken to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus; their condition was less serious. After undergoing tests, Shai was taken to the operating room for surgery that lasted five hours. When he awoke, Shai discovered that he had casts on three out of four of his limbs. The doctors had had to repair and reconstruct his limbs and he suffered from severe pain. He has worked hard in physical therapy and continues to improve, keeping his spirits up with a positive outlook. Shai explains that he could not bend either of his legs and sitting in a regular wheelchair was impossible. He tried to solve his problem by attaching a board and some pillows to the front of his wheelchair, but the chair was unstable and he kept falling out of it, to the chagrin of hospital staff. Enter Meir Greenwald and his special expertise. Shai’s sister had met Meir at Yad Sarah and asked if he could help. Meir came to the hospital to assess the problem, took some measurements, and promised to return later that same day. The talented staff at the Yad Sarah special equipment workshop set to work to solve this unusual problem. They removed the regular leg supports, attached a board with padding to the chair and stabilized the chair by adding an extra leg with its own wheel at the front. Shai: "I was impressed and moved not just by the creativity and initiative of Meir and his staff but by their genuine desire to understand my discomfort and to find a way to relieve it. I can now sit comfortably for several hours at a time in the chair". He has been using the chair for three weeks now and hopes to progress soon to being able to sit in a regular chair once he can safely bend his legs again. He’s even been able to take it home with him for Shabbat, folding it easily into the back of the van. At home, Shai made use of other equipment from Yad Sarah– a walker, bathroom commode, and an apparatus that helps him get dressed. When asked if he had known of Yad Sarah before, Shai answered that he had once borrowed a walker for his mother and a breast milk pump for his wife, but had no idea of the extent of Yad Sarah’s services and their ability to make a difference in the life of a recuperating patient. Shai still has many months of recuperation—both physical and emotional—ahead of him and he and his family are grateful for the help they have received from so many caring people. Yad Sarah is proud to have played a part and hopes to see Shai back on his feet very soon.

 
 
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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Rivka Marchand Guides Tours in Both English and Spanish and Brings Her Special Latin Flair to the Visitor's Center
Meet volunteer Rivka Marchand, who brings a diverse background and much life experience to her job as multi-lingual tour guide at Israel's World of Giving. She is part of a very talented and enthusiastic group of English-speaking tour guides who love Yad Sarah and want to tell you all about it!

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"A Real Tourist Experience"
A delegation from the Tourism Ministry recently visited Israel's World of Giving 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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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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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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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 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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My Granddaughter Also Wants to Become a Yad Sarah Volunteer
Roni Shilo of Efrat talks about the special legacy he and his wife are leaving for their family *In the photo: Roni and wife Pirchia* From a series of articles that introduce volunteers from branches throughout the country. Series creator: Shekedia Cohen

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The Retired Judge Whose Passion for Carpentry Benefits Yad Sarah
At the carpentry shop at the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Ra'anana. In the photo: Retired judge Meir Shenhav with his special creation for the children. Photo: Itzik Yansovich

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What is the State Controller Doing in a Wheelchair from Yad Sarah?

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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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Yad Sarah's Ofer Shoshani – A Paradigm of Giving
Yad Sarah has become such a vital part of the cultural fabric of the city of Hadera that one of its own has been selected to light an Independence Day beacon – one of twelve – honoring 125 years since Hadera's founding

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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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Bat Mitzvah Tour
By our volunteer YS writer Edna Shmueli

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People with vision impairment can borrow and try out Yad Sarah monitors that magnify texts
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich * Jerusalem Post

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Video: See How We Give

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Emergency beepers available from Yad Sarah to protect lonely and aged
The Jerusalem Post * by By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH

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Come take a walk with me
Come take a walk with me around Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. It is an enchanted place. Follow me and I will show you the magic

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From New York With Love
Gail and David Weinstein Are Giving A Warm Hand To Yad Sarah

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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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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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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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