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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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How can we prepare ourselves and our environment for the onset of the colder, wetter weather of an Israeli winter? How can the upcoming “indoor” months serve as an opportunity to organize and improve our environment as well as make it safer and more satisfying? How do we make sure that our quality of life and our health, both mental and physical, are maintained in the months ahead? With a rush of enthusiasm and passion, Shani Rosenfeld, director of the Exhibition and Guidance Center at Yad Sarah spoke to volunteer Shelly Wolf about how to prepare our living spaces for the winter ahead.

The cold months are a time when we normally spend more time indoors and we need to actively look at our homes and plan for our own comfort and safety. Once in place, these can become permanent improvements. First and foremost is the focus on physical safety. Shani emphasizes the need to examine and secure our physical space. Let this be the season, she advises, that we update the lighting in our homes. Make sure we’ve thought of things like a bedside lamp. Is there a light we can access so that we can get to the bathroom without stumbling? Are we able to find our slippers or robe without tripping on loose bedding? Perhaps it would be worth getting a metal grabbing device called a Helping Hand– available at the lending center– to pick up things that have dropped on the floor or slid beneath the bed. Now is the time, she claims, to get slippers with rubber soles. When walking in the house it is always important to wear shoes and slippers that fit well and will not slip or slide on the tile floors. In addition, check out the bathroom, a common setting for falls. Have grab bars installed where necessary. Have the appropriate toilet seat installed so it is at a comfortable height and make sure there are no rugs to trip on. To encourage regular showering without the fear of falling, she strongly recommends getting one of the shower seats or benches that are available at Yad Sarah. During the colder months when many of us remain indoors for longer stretches, we should ensure that we have the appropriate equipment to make our days more comfortable and productive. That might include keeping a bag with pockets for a cellphone, writing equipment, or a book attached to a chair, table or walker. This too is available at Yad Sarah. It's a would be a good idea to set up different areas of the living area for reading, writing or a sewing project. Each area should have comfortable seating with appropriate pillow support. Yad Sarah has a large variety of pillows for specific needs. Naturally Shani spoke about the need to secure all rugs with the appropriate adhesive strips so they don’t slide or curl, which may cause one to skid or fall. Never run, she advises, for the phone or for a bus. Make sure your water heater and bathroom heater are working and keep flashlights handy for the occasional blackout. Shani recommends looking beyond your own apartment to the building and reporting burned out bulbs, broken steps or places where water accumulates, all things that invite tripping and serious falls. The Exhibition and Guidance Center at Yad Sarah can provide you with a safety checklist and will be happy to advise you about your needs. In addition to a safe environment, Shani spoke animatedly about the need during these colder months to keep up physical activity, mental stimulation, and routine. She emphasized the importance of human contact. It is important to leave the house if possible, though it’s understandable that on some cold, rainy days it's not always possible. Nevertheless, she strongly urges everyone to continue their regular exercise regimen, even at home, even in bed if necessary. However, don’t spend the day in bed. Get dressed and move into the day with a plan. Move often, from one room to another, from the couch to the table. To prevent isolation, initiate and keep regular contact with friends or family by phone, SKYPE, email, or visits. Look in on a sick friend in your building. Keep up with hobbies. Stock up on books or CDs. For the visually impaired, she cites the AACI Library and the National Library for the Blind in Netanya for recorded books. Shani also suggests organizing a book club or an armchair travel club with a friend or two. While emphasizing the need to get out and connect with people or continue our routines, she reminded me that on bad weather days it was important to plan how to safely get to that shiur, that art class or that visit to a friend. Setting aside enough time to arrive is essential so that in our zeal to arrive on time we don’t find ourselves in the emergency room because of a careless misstep. Taking care of ourselves will allow us to stay active and prevent seasonal depression. This includes getting the necessary utensils and supplies so that we are able to prepare food properly and eat regularly. Shani stressed the importance of never wearing loose clothing that might catch fire as we cook. Finally, Shani emphasizes that the Exhibition and Guidance Center is available to provide help and ideas. Whether one needs something to help turn pages in a book or a cart to get things from room to room, someone at the center can guide you towards a solution. Many of the devices and aids such as the Helping Hand are available at Yad Sarah for borrowing or purchase. Yad Sarah is there for everyone to help prevent that which can be prevented and to improve the quality of life for everyone. Look, plan, correct and connect…And have a healthy winter season!

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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Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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