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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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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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Jerusalem Exhibition and Guidance Center Director Shani Rosenfeld talks to Yad Sarah volunteer writer Charna Duchanov about how to stay safe during the upcoming holiday season

At Yad Sarah, Passover offers an opportunity to find solutions that make the holidays safer and more enjoyable for all of the extended Yad Sarah family We spoke to the Jerusalem Exhibition and Guidance Center's Shani Rosenfeld to get her take on how to survive the holidays when one is dealing with functional difficulties. The Center's energetic director has lots of creative advice on how to get through the holidays successfully and in good health, using the resources of Yad Sarah that are at everyone's disposal. She suggests taking things one step at a time, using organization as well as all kinds of specially designed accessories and aids - available either at Yad Sarah's lending centers or at our Yasam stores - to make things easier and, even more importantly, safer. All the activities needed to prepare for the Passover holiday can be overwhelming, so start by making a list of things you need to accomplish. This allows you to feel in control, doesn't waste time or energy, and helps with memory issues. If writing is an issue, use your computer to type the list and check off items as you go along. Make sure you don't carry heavy loads of packages in one hand. Use delivery services and shopping carts where possible or use a plastic carrier for packages that relieves the pressure on hands weakened by arthritis or stroke. Use a flashlight on a chain to make sure you have light at all times in the stairwell and get a wristband for your cane, if you use one, so it doesn't fall every time you take out your keys to open the door. Make several trips to bring packages up the stairs or from room to room in your home.One of our favorite items is a basket available for a 4-wheeled walker that allows you to easily carry things from one part of the house to the other. Don't hesitate to use accessories that relieve stress and keep you from putting too much strain on muscles. Yad Sarah has a handle grip that gives you something to hang on to when getting in and out of the car. You can also buy all sorts of lumbar and seat cushions for both car and sofa, chair and bed from Yad Sarah that will relieve pressure on sensitive parts of the body. Use an adjustable perching stool to assure your safety while working in the kitchen and make sure your knives are sharp to cut down on unnecessary exertion. You can purchase special knives designed for weaker hands at Yasam. Sit at a table when you do your chopping, mixing, and measuring and don't hesitate to ask children and grandchildren to help out whenever possible. The spiritual aspect of the holiday is, of course, very important for everyone and, once again, Yad Sarah can be counted on to offer creative solutions that will allow all members of the family to take part. Don't carry heavy bags with you on long walks to the synagogue and bring along a seat or back cushion when invited out to a Seder, to make sure you will be comfortable sitting in one chair for several hours. Anyone with a broken leg or sprained ankle should not hesitate to use a wheelchair – trying to use crutches when not appropriate can just exacerbate one's discomfort. If you are having overnight guests with special needs, Yad Sarah can help you make their stay safer and more comfortable. Portable toilet seat grab bars are available for loan at Yad Sarah and will help them feel more secure. You can borrow cushions and bed raisers, as well. If you would like to borrow a wheelchair for the holidays from Yad Sarah, make sure you order early! Visit our website at http://www.yadsarah.org.il to find out how to order or call *6444 or e-mail us at info@yadsarah.org.il. Looking for a practical hostess gift for the holiday? Shani shared with us her five favorite things that are available at Yasam and will make a unique and handy gift for anyone: Hibuki' heated cushion for tight muscles and just to feel good' Long-handled sponge for washing those hard to reach places Helping Hand long handled reacher that helps anyone reach those out of the way places without straining muscles Wristband for walking cane so you don't drop it every time you pause to open a door or wash your hands Anti-slip bath mat for safety while bathing Holidays are wonderful and complicated and enjoyable and stressful for everyone. Let Yad Sarah help you make it easier and safer for you and your loved ones, especially those with special needs. A Happy and Kosher Passover to all from the Yad Sarah family!

First in Israel: Emergency Medical Center Staffed by Specialists
The Frenkel Emergency Medical Center Opens in Jerusalem

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Following in the Footsteps of a Beloved Daughter
A grieving mother chooses to honor her daughter by volunteering at Yad Sarah

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A Wedding and Yad Sarah
Ella and Girsch, immigrants from the FSU, recommit to each other and to the Jewish people in a moving ceremony organized by their friends at Yad Sarah

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Yad Sarah and Tikvah4Parkinson
Yad Sarah News talks to Devorah (Debbie) Shapiro, the force behind the new treatment program for Parkinson's patients at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem

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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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How Yad Sarah Built a Wheelchair Especially for Me
David Rothner talks about Yad Sarah’s special role in the rehabilitation of Shai Ben Israel, a victim of the latest wave of terror

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Come Volunteer At Yad Sarah
Yad Sarah needs you! Join the Yad Sarah family and experience the joy and fulfillment of giving. There are a wide variety of ways to volunteer

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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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When Music Became Therapy
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, describes how as the music played, the patient with Parkinson's stopped shaking * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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Our Mobile Dental Clinics Go National
Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski: There will be no elderly person unable to eat due to neglected dental treatment * Thanks to the assistance of the Helmsley Foundation, the dedicated staff of the Yad Sarah Mobile Dental Clinic will offer dental treatment to the homebound in every area of the country.

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The Yad Sarah Experience: Join our team of volunteer guides

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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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