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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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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

 
 
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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Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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