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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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In the photo: The new Yad Sarah branch in Herzliya

Good news for residents of Herzliya! The Yad Sarah branch in the city has reopened after more than two years. The new branch is located at 81 Nordau Street and is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00 and until 12:00 on Friday. Eighteen eager volunteers, under the leadership of branch manager Zipporah Tanami, are ready to offer Yad Sarah's special brand of warmth and dedicated service to the people of Herzliya. The branch has a wide range of medical equipment available for borrowing: wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, oxygen tanks, inhalers, humidifiers, baby cribs, breast pumps, and more. Yad Sarah requires only a small deposit, which is refunded in full when the device is returned. Yad Sarah also offers an Emergency Alarm Response System that connects the subscriber to the 24-hour emergency call center at Yad Sarah's main branch in Jerusalem. Volunteers at the center alert family members, neighbors, police, or an ambulance in the case of emergency. Yad Sarah recently introduced a new and innovative system worn around the neck as a pendant that will alert the center in the case of a fall, even if the wearer is immobilized and unable to contact the center. Zipporah Tanami is full of ideas and eager to develop a range of services that will be available at the new branch. "The volunteers and I look forward to working together and offering Yad Sarah's special brand of warm and caring service to the Herzliya public. Yad Sarah is so much more than just lending wheelchairs." More volunteers are needed in order to extend the opening hours into the afternoon. Basic computer or technical skills are required, and training will be given to suitable candidates. Call the branch at 09-741-6561 to see if volunteering at Yad Sarah is right for you. Yad Sarah operates more than 100 branches throughout the country, with 6,000 volunteers of all ages and from all sectors of the population. In the past year, Yad Sarah has offered its services to more than half a million people. It receives no ongoing government funding and is supported almost entirely by donations from the public. In the 40 years of its existence, Yad Sarah has touched the lives of every second family in Israel.

 
 
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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