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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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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.

First in Israel: Emergency Medical Center Staffed by Specialists
The Frenkel Emergency Medical Center Opens in Jerusalem

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Following in the Footsteps of a Beloved Daughter
A grieving mother chooses to honor her daughter by volunteering at Yad Sarah

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A Wedding and Yad Sarah
Ella and Girsch, immigrants from the FSU, recommit to each other and to the Jewish people in a moving ceremony organized by their friends at Yad Sarah

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Yad Sarah and Tikvah4Parkinson
Yad Sarah News talks to Devorah (Debbie) Shapiro, the force behind the new treatment program for Parkinson's patients at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem

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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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How Yad Sarah Built a Wheelchair Especially for Me
David Rothner talks about Yad Sarah’s special role in the rehabilitation of Shai Ben Israel, a victim of the latest wave of terror

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Come Volunteer At Yad Sarah
Yad Sarah needs you! Join the Yad Sarah family and experience the joy and fulfillment of giving. There are a wide variety of ways to volunteer

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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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When Music Became Therapy
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, describes how as the music played, the patient with Parkinson's stopped shaking * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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Our Mobile Dental Clinics Go National
Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski: There will be no elderly person unable to eat due to neglected dental treatment * Thanks to the assistance of the Helmsley Foundation, the dedicated staff of the Yad Sarah Mobile Dental Clinic will offer dental treatment to the homebound in every area of the country.

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The Yad Sarah Experience: Join our team of volunteer guides

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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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