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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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Coming from the world of high tech to a world of charity and giving "that directly influences the day to day lives of others," Ofer Inon has found great satisfaction in his work at Yad Sarah's Kiryat Tivon branch. This series bringing the inspiring stories of Yad Sarah volunteers is the creation of volunteer Shekedia Cohen.

After three decades of a career in information systems, writing software, performing systems analysis, and managing projects, I decided it was time for a change. And, if I was going to make a change, it was going to be a meaningful change. Six years ago, I was living in Chicago, working as a program manager at T&AT when I decided to return to the place of my birth, Tivon. I decided right from the start that I was only going to do things that interested me. I renewed my license as a tour guide that I had earned many years ago and began hiking the Israel Trail together with a childhood friend. After hiking more than 1000 kilometers in 4 years, we are planning to finish the last section next week. As part of the change in my life, I wanted to give back to the community in which I was living. I had several criteria that were important to me: I wanted to work directly with people in an organization that not only had a direct impact on the lives of individuals but spent most of its resources on its clients and not on administrative overhead. While searching the Internet for organizations that might fit, Yad Sarah's name kept popping up again and again. After doing my due diligence, I made an appointment to meet the manager of my local Yad Sarah branch in Tivon, Rivka Tsofer. Today, after six years, I am still sure my choice was the right one. Like all of the other volunteers, I arrive at Yad Sarah twice a week to serve our customers. In the Tivon branch, we all focus our energy and attention on our customers. Our goal is to always give the best service and to treat our customers with kindness, no matter who they are or where they come from. At this point in time, when there is so much unnecessary polarization expressed on the social networks and in our society in general, Yad Sarah's Tivon branch is an island of coexistence. The volunteers and their customers embody the best of Israeli society; the secular and the Haredi, Arabs and Jews come to us from all over the north of Israel. About our branch manager, Rivka Tsofer, I can say that she is the right person for the job. With a background in banking and a natural ability to lead, she manages the Tivon branch to the satisfaction of all. Yossi Assayag is a whiz at repairs and keeps a close eye on our stock, and he also works with the customers. Avraham Cohen has endless patience for all of the necessary repairs to equipment, and we've also put him in charge of preparing refreshments for our guests. Reuven Meir, in addition to working in customer service, is a talented artist and his pictures adorn the walls of the branch on a regular basis. And, then there's Yehuda Tsibulski. Yehuda is in his early nineties, and I'd like to be just like him when I grow up. A modest man, there is nothing Yehuda cannot fix. He's had a long and eventful life, starting in Germany before World War II and continuing through Israel's War of Independence. He is a shining example of the generation that struggled to bring Israel into the modern era. My involvement with Yad Sarah has given me everything I hoped for; I get so much more than I give. Translated by Charna Duchanov

 
 
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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