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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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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.

 
 
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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