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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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Ahuva Litvak speaks about a new service at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem created especially to empower working women coping with disabilities and allow them time for physical therapy and exercise. *The Rehabilitation Department under the directorship of Sharona Sherman has created an accessible and practical solution for a very specific problem. The first group of women has already started physiotherapy during hours that are suited to their work schedules.*Departmen t Coordinator: Rita Paran * In the photo: Sharona Sherman, Rita Paran and moments of empowerment

Meet Ahuva Litvak, 32, who studied special education and has a master's degree in Nonprofit Organization Management that she earned from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She works as Director of Special Needs at the Community Center in Ramot – and she sits for hours in a wheelchair. Ahuva has a spinal congenital disability. To be able to sit for hours on end, she requires fitness and strength exercises. Ahuva looked for a community based program that would take her work schedule into consideration, but couldn’t locate any. But, when a need is identified, Yad Sarah steps up to accept the challenge, with professionalism and compassion. Ahuva: "I contacted the director of the Rehabilitation Department at Yad Sarah, Sharona Sherman. I told her about my need and the needs of other women in my situation. Sharona was wonderful, responding so quickly to my request. Sharona thought immediately about practical ways to translate my needs into a program that empowers and enriches other women. This is a comfortable framework for women with physical limitations to easily integrate their work life with their need for rehabilitation services.” Ahuva adds: "Early on, the schedule was set for Monday from four to seven-thirty pm and I hope we will add another afternoon soon. At this early stage, we are a group of only ten participants, and we were very impressed with the professional ability of the physiotherapist. I believe that this new program at the rehabilitation center will provide a workable solution for many women is my situation.” Director of Rehabilitation Services Sharona Sherman expressed satisfaction with the first stage of the program and looks ahead to expanding the program. Sharona – a former math teacher and businesswoman – arrived at Yad Sarah about nine years ago and is known for her efficient and inspired leadership. She received many requests from young girls with disabilities who wanted to study or work but were in need of an appropriate framework. Their backgrounds were different – some had suffered from polio, some from birth defects or a degenerative illness – but all wanted to live normal lives and develop their abilities. So Yad Sarah reached out to them; if they could not come to a program in the morning, we would open one in the afternoon. The new department coordinator is Rita Paran. A musician, a sculptor, an artist, and a yoga instructor, Rita brings to the new program creativity and enthusiasm. She remarks: “We are talking about working women who have an illness or were in an accident and use a wheelchair. In this first stage of the program, in the afternoon and after their working hours, we will offer them a variety of therapies – physiotherapy, fitness equipment, yoga, bibliotherapy – that offer a total program for body and soul. Bibliotherapy, for example, is a form of art therapy, which uses the processes of reading and writing and the art of the written word. As with other treatment approaches utilizing the arts, bibliotherapy is a tool that allows bypassing rational barriers in order to reach the subconscious. The use of bibliotherapy as a therapeutic intervention is done by way of the narrative in the text and through the artistic means expressed by the texts. The texts can appear in treatment in various forms: through a literary text, song, poetry, a video clip, a play, or a movie. Rita: "In India and then in Israel I studied how to teach yoga to people in wheelchairs. I am the coordinator of art therapy programs at the rehabilitation center and am very happy with this new challenge. We will offer this special group of participants all the creative outlets we have at our disposal: Working with glass, sculpture, oil painting. All this is in addition to the fitness classes and classic physiotherapy offered to other attendees at the rehabilitation center." All this, including a warm environment in the best tradition of Yad Sarah. A dedicated team. A smiling face. The feeling that here we see the person first. All are welcome. The Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah – a place of empowerment.

 
 
An All-Terrain Wheelchair for Netanel
Yad Sarah House in Raanana Steps up to Create a Special Wheelchair for a Child with Special Needs

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NSN Israel Focus
Nachum Segal welcomed Michael Benson, volunteer director of Yad Sarah's Beer Sheva branch, to JM in the AM to highlight Yad Sarah's services available for both Israeli residents and tourists with disabilities

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"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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The Entire Yad Sarah Family Mourns the Untimely Passing of Kiryat Sefer Branch Director Chaya Yehudit Klein z"l
We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and will remember her for her dedicated service to Yad Sarah and her community

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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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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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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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