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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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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

At the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Ra'anana, there is more there than immediately meets the eye. In addition to the regular activities of the center that can be seen and heard as you approach its door, there is a special place, hidden from sight, that has only recently been rediscovered: The carpentry shop. Manned at one time by a volunteer carpenter whose passing left a gap and a few abandoned tools, the carpentry shop has undergone a revival thanks to the efforts of retired judge Meir Shenhav. Meir, please explain how you came to volunteer at Yad Sarah? "Knowing I was on half pension, my friend Miko Pinto – a devoted volunteer at Yad Sarah's Equipment Maintenance Workshop – suggested I might volunteer in Raanana. Miko took me on a tour of Yad Sarah House and when we passed the area of the Day Rehabilitation Center, I happened to notice a locked door. When I asked about it, Tamar – then the assistant director of the Center – revealed that it had been the carpentry shop in the past. I had always wanted to try my hand at woodworking, and I was hooked. Since then, every Monday you can find me there. Tamar has since retired, and the new assistant director, Hadar, is enthusiastic about and supportive of the project. After some tidying and re-organizing, the neglected room now looks like a proper carpentry shop. Working all by myself, I had the feeling that something was missing, but then Errol and Ofer joined me. Together we make a great team, enjoying our time together and producing beautiful wooden items." Did you ever have time for carpentry in the past? "No. After serving in the army, I studied psychology and then law. After fifteen years as a lawyer, I requested to serve as a judge. Until five years ago, I served as a judge in the Tel Aviv and Herzliya Magistrates Courts. Currently I own a private institute for mediation, but carpentry has always interested me. I'd like to point out two facts. Firstly, the Rehabilitation Center staff is simply wonderful; no words can describe it. Secondly, without volunteers like Ofer Rahamim and Errol Muktal, who work side by side with me, I doubt if the carpentry shop would have become a reality. We make a winning team. And, it is important to mention Rafi, who is a volunteer in the maintenance department. One day he stopped by the carpentry shop and took a look around; now he works with us all the time, as well." Retired judge Meir Shenhav was born in 1953 in Israel. 1972-1976: Served in the IDF as a communications and electronics technician. 1979: Received degree in psychology and educational consultation studies from TAU. 1985: Received degree in law from TAU. 1986: Passed the Israeli bar examinations. 1986-1995: Practiced as an independent lawyer. 1996: Was appointed to serve as a judge at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court. 2005: Was appointed to the position of vice-president of the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court. To retired judge Meir Shenhav - a big thank you from all of us at Yad Sarah. Meir is just one of thousands of volunteers at more than 100 Yad Sarah branches all over Israel * Together we serve about 500,000 citizens per year* Join us! To volunteer, please call *6444.

 
 
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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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 Israel's World of Giving. 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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"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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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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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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