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A Day of Giving at Yad Sarah
In our revolving photo album above: 1: Flowers in bloom at the Day Rehabilitation Center. 2-5: Yonatan Libzon and family chose to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah with a trip to the Yad Sarah Experience; the tour included assembling crutches that were donated to Yad Sarah. 6: At the light rail station with a Yad Sarah walker. 7: On the floor of the lending center. *Thank-you to Eli Cohen who provides us with memorable photos of the Yad Sarah family of giving
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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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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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The Life Story Project at Yad Sarah has reached an exciting milestone – One Thousand Stories* Volunteer reporter Ora Malul talks about the special team that records for posterity the memories of Holocaust survivors and others who have a story to tell. In the photo: one of our storytellers, her granddaughter, and the volunteer who brought her story to life in Kiryat Tivon.

At Yad Sarah's Department of Home and Community Services, a most unique project has been operating for close to 20 years. With the financial support of the German Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (EVA), the service allows older people with much life experience – many of them Holocaust survivors and many of them housebound – to recount the stories of their lives and to leave them as a legacy for their families. The department recently marked the publication of its one thousandth story and in conjunction with the Department of Public Relations and Resource Development is producing a video which will form part of a campaign to bring greater awareness of the Life Story Project to the public at large. "We'd like to familiarize the public with Yad Sarah's commitment to the Life Story Project and to offer it to anyone who would like to take advantage of the service," explains Anat Ben Zaken, director of Home and Community Services, under whose jurisdiction the Life Story Project falls. Hagit Schiowitz, director of the Life Story Project, has a B.A. in psychology and a master's degree in organizational counseling with an emphasis on working with seniors. She has spent the last four years developing the project as well as training volunteers at Yad Sarah branches throughout the country. The Life Story Project was a natural offshoot of the Home Visiting Service, where volunteers visit the housebound, stimulating them with different activities and, above all, talking to them. Participants responded to their visiting volunteers, sharing with them stories about their lives. "It was easy for them to open their hearts to an empathetic outsider, who was not emotionally involved as is the case with family," explains Hagit. Some people expressed the desire to document their stories in writing. They started with just a few pages, then the number of pages multiplied and became connected. Over time, these activities became a service in its own right, with volunteers making visits for the express purpose of recording life stories." At first, the finished products were printed and bound simply at Yad Sarah. Today, the books are designed by a graphic artist and printed professionally by a printer. In addition, today each story project is worked on by several volunteers – the person who records the story, an editor, a graphic designer, and others. Each book cover is designed to personally fit the writer and his story. The task is challenging, but very rewarding. "We try to keep the authentic voice of the story teller," emphasizes Hagit, "so the family members reading it can "hear" the voice of the loved one telling the stories that are most important to them. At the same time, we make sure the story reads well and will not embarrass the teller." "Volunteers are a very important part of documenting the life stories" adds Hagit. "A lot depends on the connection that develops between them and the person whose stories are being recorded. When a trusting relationship exists between the two, a volunteer can get a reluctant storyteller to open up to them and help them explore the depths of their memories. Volunteers spend a lot of time and effort beyond the hours they commit to at the start of the project. Often a deep connection develops between the volunteers and "their" storytellers, a relationship that may continue for a long time. Often the process comes to involve other family members – spouses, children and grandchildren – who may contribute photos and other memorabilia or memories of their own. This involvement helps them see their loved ones from a different perspective and to get to know the person they were when they were young, building a new life and contributing to their communities. In the early years, the service was only available to Holocaust survivors. Then it was extended to housebound seniors over eighty who were confined to their homes by illness or infirmity. It has since been extended to younger participants, with priority still going to Holocaust survivors and those over eighty. There are three copies made of each story. One is for the storyteller and his family, one for the volunteer, and one is held at Yad Sarah. "Everything is about the storyteller," emphasizes Hagit, "the writing, the editing, the graphics, and especially the effort to preserve the distinctive voice of each participant. Each story is totally unique in every way." Sometimes, both the storyteller and the volunteer interviewer are Holocaust survivors. One volunteer, who had escaped in time and been spared the worst horrors of the Nazi period, feels his work with survivors on the Life Story Project helps him fulfill a moral obligation to the survivors who were not as lucky as he was. One survivor described how he felt tremendous relief at having been able to find closure through the telling of his story. "Now, with the help of the Life Story Project at Yad Sarah, my grandchildren will be able to understand what I went through in my life. Even more important, they will see the connection between my personal story of survival and the story of the survival of the Jewish people, epitomized by the Zionist dream and the establishment of a new generation of proud Jews in our own state of Israel. Yad Sarah will celebrate this milestone with a celebration at the Beer Sheva branch since this is where the one thousandth story was completed and because this branch is particularly active in producing life stories. In charge of logistics for the celebration is Esti Levi, who is also responsible for choosing the four stories that will "star" in a video being produced about the project by the Department of Public Relations. "The choice was very difficult. There are so many amazing stories among the thousand." A thousand stories that have changed the lives of so many for the better. A thousand stories that would never have been told without Yad Sarah and the Life Story Project.

 
 
First in Israel: Emergency Medical Center Staffed by Specialists
The Frenkel Emergency Medical Center Opens in Jerusalem

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Following in the Footsteps of a Beloved Daughter
A grieving mother chooses to honor her daughter by volunteering at Yad Sarah

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A Wedding and Yad Sarah
Ella and Girsch, immigrants from the FSU, recommit to each other and to the Jewish people in a moving ceremony organized by their friends at Yad Sarah

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Yad Sarah and Tikvah4Parkinson
Yad Sarah News talks to Devorah (Debbie) Shapiro, the force behind the new treatment program for Parkinson's patients at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem

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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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How Yad Sarah Built a Wheelchair Especially for Me
David Rothner talks about Yad Sarah’s special role in the rehabilitation of Shai Ben Israel, a victim of the latest wave of terror

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Come Volunteer At Yad Sarah
Yad Sarah needs you! Join the Yad Sarah family and experience the joy and fulfillment of giving. There are a wide variety of ways to volunteer

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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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When Music Became Therapy
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, describes how as the music played, the patient with Parkinson's stopped shaking * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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Our Mobile Dental Clinics Go National
Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski: There will be no elderly person unable to eat due to neglected dental treatment * Thanks to the assistance of the Helmsley Foundation, the dedicated staff of the Yad Sarah Mobile Dental Clinic will offer dental treatment to the homebound in every area of the country.

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The Yad Sarah Experience: Join our team of volunteer guides

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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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