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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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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

 
 
"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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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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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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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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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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