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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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Documenting an increase of 11% in the loan of special beds that allow patients to recover at home * In the photo: Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski explains to the media the urgency and importance of expanding home hospitalization*

In light of the difficult statistics on the incidences of death from infection in Israel's overcrowded hospitals, Yad Sarah has continued to expand its Home Hospitalization Program. In the past year, Yad Sarah loaned more equipment for home hospitalization than ever before, allowing patients to leave the hospital and its dangers of infection to finish recuperating at home. These findings are part of the 2016 summary on the expanding activities of Yad Sarah. Last year, Yad Sarah volunteers lent 337,000 medical devices and rehabilitation equipment at Yad Sarah branches throughout the country, including 6,000 electric beds and hoists to transfer patients, an increase of 11% compared to 2015. Moshe Cohen, CEO of Yad Sarah: "The demand for electric beds and home hospitalization services is only increasing. Hospital overcrowding sometimes reaches hundreds of percent. The number of beds compared to the size of the population is among the lowest in the OECD. The overcrowded conditions makes the spread of infection more likely. Everyone who can prefers to recover at home, with family, in a much more comfortable environment. As a result, at Yad Sarah the number of requests has grown steadily."*אובייקט:See Jerusalem Post article* Cohen adds, "As an organization funded by donations, we do our best to respond to the demand. Yad Sarah calls on the health care system to make an increased effort to release patients to recover at home, and to develop the technological and human infrastructure needed to support this trend. Another life-saving innovation introduced this past year was the upgrading of the panic button device of the emergency alarm response system (EARS). Yad Sarah launched – the first in the country - a transmitter that detects a fall even when subscribers are unable to communicate with the emergency call center on their own. The system immediately alerts the staff at the center and dispatches medical assistance and rescue teams. This past year, Yad Sarah volunteers installed 2,000 devices for new subscribers. Yad Sarah continues to lend a helping hand in both the center of the country and in its periphery with more than 100 branches, assisted by some 6,000 dedicated volunteers who donate more than one million hours of their time. Donations from the public continue to grow, expressing its confidence in our work. In 2016, we opened new branches in Beit Shemesh, Herzliya and Sussiya in the southern Hebron Hills. The Yerucham and Kiryat Malachi branches moved to more spacious premises. Yad Sarah is so much more than just borrowing wheelchairs. Yad Sarah assisted more than a quarter of a million people of all ages, among them those who took advantage of our transportation service for people in wheelchairs. Volunteers visit housebound patients; the geriatric dental clinic provides dental care for the elderly as well as the housebound; the day rehabilitation centers provide both disabled persons and their caretakers with a day of respite; and Yad Riva provides free or low cost legal services for seniors. A special Yad Sarah team helps Holocaust survivors attain their rights and participate in social activities together. The last event of the year was a Hanukkah party and bar/bat mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall, an emotional event for these survivors who never had the chance to celebrate this milestone with their families before the horrors of World War II overtook them. Also in the past year, Yad Sarah launched the "World of Giving" visitor's center, featuring an exciting and moving interactive tour suitable ​​for the whole family. Free of charge and guided by trained volunteer staff, the center impresses the visitor with the importance of volunteering and caring about the fate of others as the foundation of a healthy society. Thousands of visitors from Israel and abroad have already experienced the tour, showcasing the beautiful face of Israeli society Also at Yad Sarah: In a new venture initiated to offer accessibility during leisure activities, Yad Sarah launched this past year a monthly trip tailored for people in wheelchairs. The group has enjoyed five tours, led by volunteer guides. Another new venture is "Equal Employment for All" centered on creating a quick and easy borrowing system for employers who wish to integrate people with disabilities into their workplace. Yad Sarah makes available all the necessary equipment for creating an accessible and friendly workspace in which the worker can meet his full potential. The project operates in cooperation with the Office for the Employment of People with Disabilities at the Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Fund for Development of Services for People with Disabilities at the National Insurance Institute. All in all, a very productive year for the Yad Sarah family!

 
 
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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HOME HOSPITAL-IZATION MORE POPULAR
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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