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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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Another proof of the intensive involvement of Yad Sarah in the community enhancing the quality of life for so many * Michael Benson, director of Yad Sarah's Be'er Sheva branch, accepted the Shield at a festive event * Photography: Volunteer Stefan Radokano

Each year the city of Be'er Sheva (itself a "Volunteering Community" award winner) celebrates a unique week dedicated to honoring its many local volunteers. Under the patronage of Mayor Ruvik Danilovitch and in his presence, Yad Sarah was awarded the Mayor's Shield for Outstanding Volunteer Organizations. This homage-paying week comprised several events designed to convey gratitude to the volunteers and to raise the public's awareness of the importance of volunteering. The week's high point was a festive evening at the Be'er Sheva Theater, saluting the volunteers. The celebration included the Ceremony of Shields awarded to outstanding volunteer organizations that operate within the community. Not surprisingly, Yad Sarah was among the winners. On behalf of the volunteers, Be'er Sheva's YS director Michael Benson addressed the attendees, citing a biblical commentary that concludes that an act of charity should be performed for the sake of giving and not in order to be praised or to win an award. Benson noted Be'er Sheva's large number of volunteer organizations, which operate out of a sincere desire to help others. The volunteers do not wait for others to get the work done, but step forward and do it themselves. Benson explained that according to Rabbi Soloveychik, one of our generation's most respected Torah scholars, alongside the good in our world, there is also evil. We have to ask not why it is so, but what we can do about it. The answer is doing Good, which will suppress evil and suffering the way light eliminates darkness. Such is the nature of those who were honored at the event – the ones who were present at the ceremony as well as many others who were not. Concluding his speech, Benson thanked the Mayor and the Public Committee's members on behalf of all the awardees. He conveyed the hope that volunteering in Be'er Sheva will become so widespread that not even one person in need will be left unaided. He summed up by wishing all a Happy New Year - a year of volunteering. Yad Sarah's CEO, Moshe Cohen, congratulated the branch's volunteer awardees and its director. He emphasized that being awarded the Mayor's Shield demonstrates the Be'er Sheva branch's significant role as a place where every person can find a fast, efficient and friendly response to any need regarding medical-rehabilitation equipment and services. Cohen stressed that each year Yad Sarah expands the scope of its services while faithfully operating according to its spirit of excellence, professionalism and love. Reasons for awarding Yad Sarah's Be'er Sheva branch the Mayor's Shield The organization strives to enhance the quality of life of people coping with functional difficulties. By being committed to mutual social responsibility, it attracts a wide range of volunteers and donors to join the organization. Together with the employees, the branch's 400 volunteers constitute a unified team which provides a range of home and community services to people in need. The array of services is evolving so as to respond to the varied demands of the multi-age population with special needs. Reliable and available for all, the services are based on technological innovations and are offered with empathy and compassion. Yad Sarah is committed to providing the best service, to a personal approach, and to a wholehearted giving. Their activities are a source of support and encouragement to clients and their family members. The Be'er Sheva branch's uniqueness is derived from its impressive growth in recent years, its wide range of activities, the quality of the services it provides, and the high motivation of its volunteers to fulfill their mission whenever and wherever they are needed. Yad Sarah's Be'er Sheva branch and its dedicated volunteers are truly deserving of the Mayor's Shield for the year 2016.

 
 
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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