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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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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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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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Joe Appleman Celebrates His 90th Birthday at Yad Sarah
The Yad Sarah family was thrilled and honored to celebrate the 90th birthday of our supporter and loyal friend, Joe Appleman, here at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. Joining the festivities were his wife, Florence, his daughters and sons-in-law and many friends. Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski thanked him warmly for his many years of devotion to Yad Sarah and wished him many more years of good health and dedication to his fellow man. By David Rothner* Photo: Menashe Karni**
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THEY LOVE YAD SARAH
In the Solomon Schechter School in Westchester, New York, they do more than just talk about their love for the Jewish state, they do something about it * A group of students got together and decided to bake cakes and hold a bake sale to raise money for Yad Sarah in Jerusalem, an organization best known for its medical equipment lending service* The teens arrived in Israel and headed straight for Yad Sarah’s Jerusalem headquarters with check in hand* They then rolled up their sleeves and helped clean and ready recently returned wheelchairs to be lent out once again to others in need
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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.

 
 
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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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 Israel's World of Giving. 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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"A Real Tourist Experience"
A delegation from the Tourism Ministry recently visited Israel's World of Giving 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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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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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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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 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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My Granddaughter Also Wants to Become a Yad Sarah Volunteer
Roni Shilo of Efrat talks about the special legacy he and his wife are leaving for their family *In the photo: Roni and wife Pirchia* From a series of articles that introduce volunteers from branches throughout the country. Series creator: Shekedia Cohen

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The Retired Judge Whose Passion for Carpentry Benefits Yad Sarah
At the carpentry shop at the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Ra'anana. In the photo: Retired judge Meir Shenhav with his special creation for the children. Photo: Itzik Yansovich

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What is the State Controller Doing in a Wheelchair from Yad Sarah?

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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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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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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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Bat Mitzvah Tour
By our volunteer YS writer Edna Shmueli

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People with vision impairment can borrow and try out Yad Sarah monitors that magnify texts
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich * Jerusalem Post

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Video: See How We Give

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Emergency beepers available from Yad Sarah to protect lonely and aged
The Jerusalem Post * by By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH

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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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From New York With Love
Gail and David Weinstein Are Giving A Warm Hand To Yad Sarah

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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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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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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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