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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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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.

 
 
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
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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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