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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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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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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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Joe Appleman Celebrates His 90th Birthday at Yad Sarah
The Yad Sarah family was thrilled and honored to celebrate the 90th birthday of our supporter and loyal friend, Joe Appleman, here at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. Joining the festivities were his wife, Florence, his daughters and sons-in-law and many friends. Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski thanked him warmly for his many years of devotion to Yad Sarah and wished him many more years of good health and dedication to his fellow man. By David Rothner* Photo: Menashe Karni**
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THEY LOVE YAD SARAH
In the Solomon Schechter School in Westchester, New York, they do more than just talk about their love for the Jewish state, they do something about it * A group of students got together and decided to bake cakes and hold a bake sale to raise money for Yad Sarah in Jerusalem, an organization best known for its medical equipment lending service* The teens arrived in Israel and headed straight for Yad Sarah’s Jerusalem headquarters with check in hand* They then rolled up their sleeves and helped clean and ready recently returned wheelchairs to be lent out once again to others in need
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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!

 
 
"A Real Tourist Experience"
A delegation from the Tourism Ministry recently visited Israel's World of Giving 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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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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Looking Back at Yad Sarah in 2016: Expanding a life-saving operation to minimize the risk of fatal infection
Documenting an increase of 11% in the loan of special beds that allow patients to recover at home * In the photo: Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski explains to the media the urgency and importance of expanding home hospitalization*

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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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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 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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My Granddaughter Also Wants to Become a Yad Sarah Volunteer
Roni Shilo of Efrat talks about the special legacy he and his wife are leaving for their family *In the photo: Roni and wife Pirchia* From a series of articles that introduce volunteers from branches throughout the country. Series creator: Shekedia Cohen

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The Retired Judge Whose Passion for Carpentry Benefits Yad Sarah
At the carpentry shop at the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Ra'anana. In the photo: Retired judge Meir Shenhav with his special creation for the children. Photo: Itzik Yansovich

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What is the State Controller Doing in a Wheelchair from Yad Sarah?

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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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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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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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Bat Mitzvah Tour
By our volunteer YS writer Edna Shmueli

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People with vision impairment can borrow and try out Yad Sarah monitors that magnify texts
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich * Jerusalem Post

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Video: See How We Give

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Emergency beepers available from Yad Sarah to protect lonely and aged
The Jerusalem Post * by By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH

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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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From New York With Love
Gail and David Weinstein Are Giving A Warm Hand To Yad Sarah

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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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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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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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