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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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Heartwarming, uplifting, unifying, with the promise of great things in the future. Communications Manager Haim Shibi recounts an exciting evening of tribute to our dedicated volunteers. Photos courtesy of the Rehovot municipality. Thanks to the mayor and his team for such a warm welcome for Yad Sarah

They came with smiling faces, radiating pride in their accomplishments and in their association with Yad Sarah. Our family of dedicated volunteers is always ready to give of themselves to support those in need and the wellbeing of Israeli society as a whole. They came to Rehovot's cultural center as the guests of the town and its mayor, Rahamim Malul. They came to celebrate 40 years of giving to hundreds of thousands of Israeli families, from every sector of the population, from the center and from the periphery. The mayor and his staff welcomed all warmly and enthusiastically. The smiles spoke louder than words ever could. It was wonderful to just be together, to exchange ideas, to share memorable experiences. The sentence –“I get back so much more than I receive” – could be heard many times throughout the evening. Dr. Haim Navon, director of Yad Sarah’s Rehovot branch was praised for his dedication to congenial service and for his innovative approach to improving the lives of so many. His strong working relationship with the local municipality was evident and contributes much to his ability to provide special services such as the one for people with visual impairments. Indeed, Mayor Malul was lavish in his praise for Yad Sarah and its steadfast volunteers, citing their great contribution to his city. “It is a great honor to host you here in our city, the winners of the Israel Prize for volunteering, founded by Uri Lupolianski with love for his fellow man and a desire to help others. There is no match for your organization in the number of people you serve and the wide array of services you offer. I doubt there is another organization like yours in the world.” His words were greeted by enthusiastic applause. Malul also remarked that the government doesn’t always provide solutions for “hidden” social problems that exist in Israel, especially in the areas of education and health services. He stated, “If volunteer organizations did not fill the existing void, Israeli society would be very different.” Malul added, “Your wonderful organization cares for those without means, but also for those – who may have the financial means – but are in need of help and support that is unavailable anywhere else. You give to every citizen, religious, traditional or secular, Arab or Jew. This value of giving, of making a difference in the world is a basic part of the Jewish religion. The crowd was treated to a video presentation on the unprecedented scope of volunteer activities in which Yad Sarah is involved: Equipment lending, transportation services for the wheelchair-bound, home hospitalization services, and so much more. Also on the big screen, the crowd viewed greetings from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he related how his family had been helped by Yad Sarah and how much he admired its activities. The video presentation was beautifully prepared by Beni Cohen from the Public Relations and Resource Development Department. “You embody the value of volunteerism and mutual responsibility, fulfilling these principles across the the country by helping those less fortunate. You are a philanthropic empire serving the country in more than 100 branches. I wish many years of rewarding endeavor and good health to Yad Sarah’s founder, Uri Lupolianski.” No one received greater applause than Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski, who spoke from the podium and praised all those present at this most memorable event. He had special words for Mayor Malul who so graciously hosted the evening as well as for the director of the Rehovot branch, Dr. Haim Navon, who was largely responsible for its success. The close cooperation between the two has led to the expansion of services in the city and an intense pride in its volunteer spirit. “Haim is doing a wonderful job for the people of this city, as are you, the volunteers, who come to help the weak, the elderly, and the sick – all in the spirit of “Each one helps the other, saying to one another, “take courage!”” Yad Sarah CEO Moshe Cohen kept a watchful eye on every detail of the proceedings. The evening was produced by the enthusiastic and dedicated staff of the Public Relations and Resource Development Department: Director Sepideh Yom Tov and her able assistant, Haya Cohen, the department’s administrative director, Devora Kalmarsky, and the department’s secretary, Yehudit Fatal. Sepideh emphasized that the municipality reached out to Yad Sarah with a generosity of spirit. “All aspects of the arrangements were handled professionally and with a smile. The certificate of recognition awarded to the mayor and his staff expresses our deep appreciation for all their efforts in making the evening such a rousing success.” Thank-you, Rehovot and thank-you to the mayor and his wonderful team – from all of us at Yad Sarah. Chaim Shibi

 
 
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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