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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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YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

"I am satisfied with my doing for others; this is the norm in our Beit Safafa branch in Jerusalem, which serves all inhabitants of the city's southern area – Arabs and Jews alike," says Amina Aliyan, director of the branch launched in November 2002 for the benefit of the public. Amina expresses her gratitude for the ongoing support she receives from Yad Sarah's management in Jerusalem and from the regional coordinator Elisheva Printz. "The helping hand I receive enables me and the local volunteers to administrate the branch in the best and most efficient way for the people we serve." Amina explains that the best measure of the branch's functioning is feedback from the clients: "Being thanked and praised and receiving considerable donations are proof of our accomplishing our mission faithfully." Amina never misses a day of volunteering in spite of her many duties, not even during exams at the university's faculty of law where she studies. "This is culture," she says, "it's in the blood." She was acquainted with Yad Sarah through the community center where she worked. "The branch's first director was Ali Ottman, formerly a football player on Jerusalem's Hapoel team and on Israel's national team," she notes. "He was the one who launched the branch and dedicated to it lots of his time. Our contact continues to this very day." Though Amina's directorship is voluntary, she invests in it a large number of hours. The branch's formal opening hours are: Sunday, Thursday – 5:30 PM to 7 PM, Tuesday – 8 AM to 10 AM. However, as is the case with each director who is totally involved and devoted, Amina is available round the clock. When needed, she is there. Sometimes gratitude takes the shape of a service given by a client or a family member who benefited from the valuable support provided by Yad Sarah. "For example, when some fault occurs in the office's electric system, a professional electrician who lives nearby willingly volunteers to fix it." The demand for certain devices is determined by the nature of the local population.The comparatively high percentage of young families in Beit Safafa produces great demand for breast pumps. However, other devices are still needed because clients are diverse and belong to different age groups. "There is demand also for walkers, walking sticks, crutches, wheelchairs. Every request is responded to, so that whenever special equipment is needed, we deliver it from the warehouse at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem." Life as a volunteer director is full of touching emotional events. Amina recalls a client suffering from a malignant disease, whose sister used to arrive at the branch to borrow equipment more and more as the patient's condition worsened. Later on, more equipment was purchased. Following the patient's death, the sister donated all of the equipment to the branch as a token of gratitude and as charity for people who may need it in the future. Amina stresses that the Beit Safafa branch is an open and friendly place to each and every resident of southern Jerusalem – the village itself, and the suburbs of Pat, Gilo, Talpiyot, Jabel Mukaber and Tsur Baher. Whoever arrives at the branch is warmly welcomed and helped the best way possible. The branch also functions as a station for the return of equipment borrowed from any Yad Sarah branch in the country. A place which speaks the Yad Sarah language – with every person. In the picture below: With Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism Translated by Batia Redner, YS volunteer

 
 
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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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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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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