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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

 
 
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Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
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A Day at Yad Sarah
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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
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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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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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