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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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From a series of articles that introduce Yad Sarah volunteers from branches throughout the country. Series creator: Shekedia Cohen

Ruth Lezer: “A place that speaks to my heart” When I retired from my job in 2007, I began to volunteer at Yad Sarah right away. It happened almost by accident; a friend who had borrowed crutches for her son and knew I was looking for an opportunity to volunteer suggested I apply to Yad Sarah. From my first conversation with Nurit Singer, the director of the Rambam Medical Center branch in Haifa, I felt I had come to a place that speaks to my heart. The feeling only grew as I met the other members of the staff. All of them, without exception, are such warm people with a readiness to give to others without limit. Nurit is very careful to choose volunteers who are suited to our work environment and to the spirit of Yad Sarah. The experienced volunteers were so helpful to me at the beginning, teaching me how to use the computer program and explaining to me the workings of every piece of equipment. At the start of my volunteering, I participated in a one-day seminar for new volunteers held in Migdal Ha’Emek. Not only did I learn important information about Yad Sarah- its history, its mission, etc. - but I came away with a renewed sense of purpose and the feeling that I had indeed found the right place for me. Visiting Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem was a special experience that made me so proud to be a part of the Yad Sarah family. Because our branch is located in a hospital center, we often encounter two very opposite experiences- the joy of young families getting ready to care for a new baby on the one hand and the pain of families dealing with the serious illness or injury of their loved ones on the other. Though other branches certainly encounter such extremes as well, we feel it very strongly because of our hospital setting. We all try to help those in need as much as we can, often staying late so as not to turn away anyone. “Yad Sarah from the heart” really means something to each and every one of us. Serving the Arab community is very special, as well. They are very grateful for all of our efforts and donate to Yad Sarah as much as they can. There are so many wonderful stories to tell. I remember a man who arrived at Yad Sarah after experiencing a stroke. He was depressed and miserable and did not have the money to leave a deposit for the wheelchair that he needed so desperately. A young religious woman waiting for her own turn saw his distress and offered to leave the deposit for him. I was unsure as I wasn’t certain that he would ever be able to repay the young woman. She replied that it didn’t matter, she was happy to leave it as a donation to Yad Sarah. “But, what if he takes it back for himself,” I said to her. That’s okay, too, “she replied, “He obviously needs the money so much for himself.” Not only have I found a warm home for myself at Yad Sarah, but I am so proud to be a part of this important organization, “a place that speaks to my heart.” Yigal Bar-Yair: “When you help others, it is so satisfying” I heard about the new branch of Yad Sarah at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa right after I retired in 2002. My sister-in-law was a nurse at the hospital and thought I might be interested in volunteering. I signed on and have been a volunteer there ever since, helping all of the people who come to borrow medical equipment. We get such satisfaction from helping those that come in, some to borrow baby equipment and celebrate a happy occasion and others to seek help for loved ones in need of recuperation from more difficult circumstances. Either way, our family of volunteers is always ready to help, and the tremendous feeling of satisfaction keeps us coming back for more. Translated by Charna Duchanov YS volunteer

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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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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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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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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