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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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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.

 
 
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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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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