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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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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.

 
 
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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