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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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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.

 
 
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A Day at Yad Sarah
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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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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
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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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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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