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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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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.

 
 
Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
The children wanted to help others less fortunate

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A Day at Yad Sarah
Chanukah is over and winter is upon us, but at Yad Sarah it is business as usual. See photo gallery above. Read more...

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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
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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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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