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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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Doing defines the Ashdod branch of Yad Sarah. *Report by Yad Sarah volunteer Michal Boney* In the photo: Branch director Hanna Gontov (second from right) with a group of her volunteers

The meeting was set for ten-thirty on a Sunday morning. The purpose was to report on the activities at the Yad Sarah branch in Ashdod. Frankly, I expected to be greeted by a few yawning clerks, who did not have much to do and would regard my visit as a welcome break in their boring routine. I could not have been more wrong. The small building, on the outskirts of the parking lot on Kibbutz Galuyot Street, was bustling with life. A steady stream of people came in to borrow equipment, and the phone rang constantly. Six dispatchers, along with the secretaries and the maintenance workers, were efficiently dealing with the many requests. The only one with nothing to do was me. "We receive about 18,000 calls a year for medical and rehabilitative equipment, each of which requires registration, reimbursement, maintenance, and more," explains branch manager, Hanna Gontov, sitting in her small and crowded office, which looks more like a storeroom than a manager's room. Hanna radiates warmth and caring. Here there is no unnecessary paperwork, no eligibility committees. There are those who need help – and there are those who want to help them. Now Hanna adds: "There are many other services at the branch, including the lending of equipment to new parents: cribs, scales, and breast milk pumps. I wish that everyone would come in only for these kinds of happy reasons. The branch offers many home and community services including visits to the homes of older people who require support and an attentive ear. The Life Stories Project documents the life stories of Holocaust survivors or other seniors who want to tell their life story and leave it for the next generation. Two volunteer lawyers handle legal service for pensioners and defend their rights. And Hanna is proud of the branch's Caregiver's Support Center, which offers guidance and support for individuals caring for a sick or disabled loved one. They are often alone and need emotional and practical assistance. I ask, "You have a very varied program, and Ashdod is the fifth largest city in the country. How many employees do you have? "Employees?" Hannah smiles at the question. "There are no employees here, only volunteers, 110 volunteers who work in shifts around the clock most days of the week, between 9:30 AM and 7 PM." All are volunteers? "Yes, the dispatchers, the secretaries, the social workers, the maintenance and cleaning workers, and even the lawyers, and of course me, too," Hannah nods, smiling warmly in the direction of her staff that makes giving to so many possible. To get an idea of the nature of the volunteers, she brings me to meet them. "This is our small workshop," she points to the narrow work area of Itzik Bard, who is in charge of maintenance. A pensioner with 36 years of experience in electronics, Itzik decided to contribute his skills to Yad Sarah after his retirement. Itzik is not a man of words, but of deeds, but nevertheless gives us a few minutes of his precious time. "All the equipment that is returned to us must undergo a proper check so that it can pass to the next user," he explains. "Until we established this small work area, the equipment had to travel to the Yad Sarah center in Be'er Sheva. Now we can save the cost of sending it there and back." Thousands of accessories pass here, in a tiny work corner of a few square meters? ... And you check them all yourself? "I do not do the job on my own," replies Itzik Mitzna. "There are a few other talented employees who worked at Israel Aircraft Industries, etc. There is really not much room here, and there is not a large selection of spare parts. We try to do the maximum with what is available. Repairing equipment here, on site, is for the benefit of the users, so they don’t have to wait for equipment to come from Be'er Sheva." And this seems to be the mantra: Doing here. If possible, then do, and as much as possible, to serve as many people as possible. Hannah sees me surveying the modest place, and asks with a half-smile, "Tell me, do you have connections with the municipality? We need to expand.” "No" I shake my head in sorrow. I would be happy to help them expand, and it is clear to me that the expansion of the branch would benefit all who pass through its doors. But when I go outside, I think to myself that from here, from this narrow, crowded, cramped structure, I have come out a much ‘bigger’ person.

 
 
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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