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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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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.

 
 
"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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