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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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Meet our volunteers- and one satisfied customer- who eagerly share with volunteer Shelley Hirschberg their thoughts on being a part of the Yad Sarah family

Sarit was my first interviewee. Her relaxed, yet competent and friendly demeanor encouraged me to begin my interview with her, and I could easily see how she would put clients at ease. She volunteers in the Equipment Lending Department. She told me that she had retired from her job due to medical issues, and after recovery, looked for something to do. She applied to Yad Sara, and also to the Jerusalem municipality, and when she heard from both of them on the same day, was in a quandary as to which she should choose. I asked her how she chose Yad Sarah and why. “Well”, she replied with an engaging smile, “Everyone knows Yad Sarah does wonderful work and I wanted to be part of it, so it wasn’t a question. I started in this department two years ago, and haven’t looked back.” I was curious as to what made working in this department special for her. She said that all the blessings people shower on her for helping them, in one day, is more that she has received her whole life! When she goes home at the end of her day of volunteering, she has a great feeling of satisfaction of having helped people, and that is worth its weight in gold. It’s easy to see why people like her and feel comfortable with her, and we wish her continued success in her work. Nira has been volunteering for over 10 years at the gift shop, which is directly to the right of the entrance in the lobby of Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. After she retired, a friend suggested she try volunteering at Yad Sarah. “What specifically do you like about this position?” I inquired of her. After all, there are many departments to choose from, and all are equally important and beneficial for those coming to seek assistance. “The creative aspect is very important to me. I love to see the beautiful things the volunteers make with such dedication, and being able to sell them and bring in money for Yad Sarah is a wonderful thing to do. One friend here, also in this shop, knits gorgeous outfits for babies, other artistic volunteers make a variety of different gifts, and we have a ceramics teacher who guides volunteers in making beautiful ceramics. They are created and fired in the kiln in the workshop upstairs, right here in Yad Sarah!” Nira comes two to three times a week to volunteer and especially enjoys Tuesdays when she herself joins the embroidery team in creating beautiful gifts to be sold in the gift shop. She also knows many people, not only the volunteers, but all the other hard working folk who help Yad Sarah do the wonderful work it does. We wish her many years of continued healthy volunteering and enjoyment at Yad Sarah. Shlomo was waiting in line to return a wheelchair to the medical loans department. With a shy smile, he modestly agreed to be interviewed, and described how he was exchanging this wheel chair for another for his elderly father. He said that even though they could buy one for 100 shekels, his father preferred to pay the 25 shekel monthly fee to Yad Sarah, in order to support their worthy endeavors, although it was clearly a much higher sum than if they were to spend the money on a one time purchase. This is his second time in the loans department and he exclaimed, with a smile, “Yad Sarah gives such good service that it is a pleasure to come here.” Racheli: Looking around for more prospective interviewees, I came upon a small quiet office, off one of the ground floor corridors, where a young woman was conscientiously working with sheets of paper with columns, checking figures against columns on the computer screen. I knocked on the door, and apologizing for disturbing her, asked if she would mind giving a few minutes to be interviewed. “Yes, certainly”, she graciously replied, “just give me few minutes to finish this, and I’ll be with you”. She motioned me to sit down on the chair opposite. I explained that I was interviewing people at Yad Sarah, volunteers and clients, for the website. I asked her how long she had been working here, and what she did. “I’ve been here two months”, she answered, “and I’m doing secretarial work. I volunteer in the rehabilitation department. I was on maternity leave for two years, and now that my little one is in day care, I can begin to volunteer”. “How did you find this position?” I enquired. “Oh, my mother-in-law knew someone here, and they were looking for a volunteer secretary, so this is just perfect for me! I am here two days a week”. At that moment, her boss, a young woman like herself, came in, and with a curious smile, asked me what I was doing! I explained to her, and she was happy to facilitate my “intrusion,” knowing it is part of the Yad Sarah culture. She clarified a few points on the data sheets for her secretary, and left the office with some of the competed data sheets in her hands. It certainly is quite amazing to encounter such easygoing and flexible people contributing to Yad Sara. Each volunteer, even with only a day or two or three of their time, contributes enormously to the success of Yad Sarah. Yael was eager to be interviewed. At the Arts and Crafts Department, she was sewing a coil of thick yarn into a bathroom mat which she put down in order to come over and sit and chat about her experiences. I asked her how she came to volunteer at Yad Sarah. “Well,” she said, “I’ve been volunteering here for eighteen years! I first came to borrow medical equipment for my ill father more than thirty years ago, when Yad Sarah was still on HaNeviim Street. I honestly didn’t know how I would have managed without their help, and I decided then, that one day when I retired, I would come and volunteer for Yad Sarah as a way of showing my deep appreciation and gratitude for their wonderful help.” She began by doing home community work, calling people to ask what help they needed. Thirteen years ago she came to the arts and crafts department. For sixteen years she has been working with people who come to Yad Sarah for help, writing their life stories. She even did a university course on the subject. When her husband became ill, she took on household help so that she could continue her volunteer work. “And I also work with Holocaust survivors,” she added, making her list of volunteer achievements even more meaningful. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to help, and to enjoy doing so at the same time,” she concluded. Rachel was also quite happy to be interviewed! She began by telling me that she had never done anything creative before she came to Yad Sarah to volunteer. “I was a government clerk for 46 years,” she said. “I came to Yad Sarah 10 years ago, and have never been happier. I also volunteer in the Equipment Lending Department and am in the arts and crafts department twice a week. One day I do embroidery, and the other day, I do anything our madricha requests: decoupage of tea boxes, ceramics, sewing, or anything else. Sometimes there are requests for bat mitzvah gifts, so we make about 30 of the same gifts.” What she mostly enjoys is the range of people she encounters – old, young, religious, non-religious – all working together to help others and to generate income for Yad Sarah. The comradery of her fellow volunteers in the arts and crafts department is a huge plus and they have all become friends as they create together. Her husband also volunteers daily in the Equipment Maintenance Workshop. Esther and her friend Liora are the flower makers of the Arts and Crafts Department. They make gorgeous flowers, which they claim are the most popular sellers. “I retired at 60, and quickly realized that sitting at home watching TV was not exactly a dream life! I’ve been here 20 years and haven’t missed a day!” she quipped. She enjoys working with her friends in the department. “When you give, you receive,” she continued, “and the best thing is always to be on the giving side!” She also volunteers one day a week at the hospital. Liora also makes the flowers, with Esther. She was an English teacher, and has been at Yad Sarah for 15 years. The flowers are her pet project which she has been involved in doing for the past five years. She enjoys the fact that what she does benefits others and is proud to be part of the Yad Sarah team.

An All-Terrain Wheelchair for Netanel
Yad Sarah House in Raanana Steps up to Create a Special Wheelchair for a Child with Special Needs

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NSN Israel Focus
Nachum Segal welcomed Michael Benson, volunteer director of Yad Sarah's Beer Sheva branch, to JM in the AM to highlight Yad Sarah's services available for both Israeli residents and tourists with disabilities

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"Keep Up the Good Work"
Israel Meron and Ruti Reches bring the Yad Sarah message to the Family Physicians Conference * In the photo: Professor Ilana Tzur

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The Exhibition and Guidance Center: Bringing Information about Access and Safety Aids to the Homebound - Because Knowledge is Power
Director of Yad Sarah's Exhibition and Guidance Centers Dvora Roitman talks about a new program introduced at Yad Sarah House in Rishon LeZion, in close collaboration with the Home and Community Services Department. * In the photo: Naomi Aharoni, volunteer physiotherapist, with Yedida Pen, sitting comfortably on a reclining armchair

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The Entire Yad Sarah Family Mourns the Untimely Passing of Kiryat Sefer Branch Director Chaya Yehudit Klein z"l
We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and will remember her for her dedicated service to Yad Sarah and her community

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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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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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Yad Sarah Employees, Volunteers and Departments Awarded the Mann Prize for Excellence
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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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