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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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Yad Sarah reporter, volunteer Ora Maloul, reports from an assembly to honor the volunteer guides at the Yad Sarah Experience - an interactive, multimedia happening at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem *Photos by YS sites photographer Eli Cohen and a guide in the new center

Upon celebrating Yad Sarah's 40 years of activity and concluding the trial run of the new visitors' center, the Yad Sarah Experience, the center's volunteer guides were invited to attend a festive meeting in which YS management thanked them and expressed appreciation for their contribution to the project's success. "We have gone through a great deal of difficulties," said Lali Lupolianski, the center's director, "but all along there was no doubt that we can rely on you guides to help us touch the visitors' hearts. Gradually we have overcome the hardships and fixed most of the defects so that currently the system operates quite well and the outcomes are good indeed. We have received good feedback concerning the videos as well as the guides' performance and there has been an increase in the number of people who, following their experience at the center, wished to volunteer with YS." She added: "Though the guides' role was reduced due to the excellent videos, they still contribute significantly to the experience of the visitors and in encouraging them to donate time and/or money." Sepideh Yom Tov, director of PR and fund raising, also conveyed her appreciation to the guides. Stressing their professionalism and perseverance, she admitted to getting emotional about the event and stated that she regarded the guides as leading volunteers. According to her, the Yad Sarah Experience will be at the heart of Yad Sarah's 40th anniversary events. With the center's inauguration expected in the near future, she and her staff keep discussing how to get the most extensive exposure possible. "We wish to get to a time in which there will be no one left in Israel, or worldwide, who had not heard of the center and consequentially not wished to visit it," she declared. It was Uri Lupolianski, Yad Sarah's founder, who thought up the idea of a visitors' center based on the giving experience idea. His vision has been brought to life by Ori Yardeni, an internationally renowned expert in developing and producing visual technologies for creating interactive educational experiences. Up to now, Yardeni had produced 620 projects in Israel and abroad, inter alia those of Orlando Disney World and the Taj Mahal in India. In recent years he has initiated an international project named Life Changing Experiences aimed at fighting negative phenomena (such as drugs, alcohol, violence) among adolescents. As he described it, "Implemented with a very large number of teenagers here and abroad, this project has already yielded positive results which are invaluable." Two years ago, Yardeni had been asked by Lupulianski to establish a project that would motivate people to donate money to YS or to join its vast volunteering activities. Accepting the offer, Yardeni has voluntarily taken over the mission while leading a sizeable staff of YS people. "Israel's World of Giving was designated to make a change within the Israeli society," Yardeni explained. "Not only will it teach spectators about YS and its various activities, but will influence them to turn their experiences into actual donations and/or volunteering." Yardeni suggested setting clear and measurable targets regarding every aspect of the center's activities. There was one unequivocal fact which gained the agreement of all – the new visitors' center obviously causes a deep emotional reaction for visitors and guides alike. Volunteer/guide Eli Cohen expressed this understanding by way of a presentation showing the guides in action and playing their reactions for the audience. Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski expressed his own feelings: "It was not a night dream", he declared, "It was in the middle of a day". Clearly there is no organization similar to YS in the whole world, which offers in one place a range of services needed for the wellbeing of the sick and the elderly and so enables them to stay in their homes even in difficult times. With the increasing need come the solutions, a majority of them originate in the ideas and innovations of the volunteers themselves. "On the one hand, YS is a mega-organization. On the other hand, it is not recognized enough by the public," Lupulianski said. The story of YS travels by word of mouth, through the guides and volunteers, Israel's World of Giving enables the story to reach many more people. Most important is the contact established between the visitors and the organization, a contact by which a person both gives and receives. For this, Yad Sarah's founder thanked the guides: "Bless you! May you have all the best," he concluded to the sound of applause. Translated from Hebrew by vilunteer Batia Redner.

An All-Terrain Wheelchair for Netanel
Yad Sarah House in Raanana Steps up to Create a Special Wheelchair for a Child with Special Needs

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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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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 The Yad Sarah Experience. 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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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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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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Jerusalem, Har Hatzofim: Volunteering with Satisfaction – and Close to Home
From the diary of volunteer Avraham Ashkenazi * Series producer: Volunteer Shekedia Cohen * Thanks also to branch director Aryeh Noy, who shares his team's impressions with the readers of Yad Sarah News

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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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Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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