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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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Report by Edna Hishrick, Director of Holocaust Survivors Department * Photo courtesy of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation

Once again, we gathered at the Western Wall with a group of Holocaust survivors to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah. After a similar event on Hanukkah, we had the honor of bringing another group together, most of whom were in their 80s and 90s. How did this all come about? The Holocaust Survivors Department at Yad Sarah sponsored by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation held a second bar mitzvah for Holocaust survivors who had never celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs because of childhoods spent in the shadow of the Holocaust. More than twenty Holocaust survivors and their escorts, accompanied by volunteers from the department, assembled at the Western Wall to perform the ceremony they had not had in their youth. The large group of people proudly wearing hats emblazoned with the Yad Sarah logo drew attention among the crowd at the Western Wall, and upon hearing this was a group of Holocaust survivors, they looked at them with respect and appreciation. Yaara, the organizer of the event on behalf of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, greeted us warmly. We started the tour at the Chain of Generation exhibit, an experiential tour of the ancient underground spaces adjacent to the Western Wall plaza, with exhibits consisting of 90 tons of glass depicting the generations of the Jewish people. Later on, we saw a special audiovisual presentation that depicts the moving story of one of the liberators of Jerusalem. On our way out, a unit of soldiers was waiting to sing and cheer for us, proving to the participants that the younger generation loves and appreciates our Holocaust survivors. Returning to the Western Wall plaza, all of us felt the eternal connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem. Against the background of the Western Wall, a photographer who accompanied us throughout the event took pictures of the group. The highlight of our tour was undoubtedly the Bar Mitzvah ceremony itself. I helped an older woman reach the women's section so she could observe her husband up close. She made a great effort – it was difficult, but it's not every day they visit the Western Wall. The excitement of the women was hard to describe. "For years I have not been to the Western Wall," they whispered to me, "what a privilege it is for us. Indeed, I, as the director of the department, felt it was a great privilege for me to accompany them. We reached the women's section. From above we could see the men's section where young volunteers were helping them to don tefillin. The climax was when they were each called to the Torah by name. It's a shame we did not remember to bring candies to throw at the Bar Mitzvah celebrants. Next time… We could see the excitement of the celebrants. At the end of the prayers, they danced in a circle around the bimah, their eyes streaming with tears of joy and emotion. From there we headed to the events hall of Aish HaTorah at the edge of the Western Wall plaza, where a festive meal awaited us. The meal was accompanied by a talented singer who sang in honor of the Holocaust survivors from a selection of nostalgic songs in Yiddish, and they were delighted. As the director of Yad Sarah's Holocaust Survivors Department, I thanked the Western Wall Heritage Foundation for this wonderful Bar Mitzvah project for Holocaust survivors at the Western Wall. Esther, a volunteer from the department, thanked Yad Sarah for the organization and the Western Wall Heritage Fund for the performance. Mordecai, one of the survivors, thanked all of us in the name of the other survivors for this exciting and moving event. The rabbi of Yad Sarah, Rabbi Yaakov Wiener, came to greet those present. His presence honored the occasion as he strengthened the survivors with words of Torah and blessings, and even responded with good taste to their painful questions about the Holocaust. At a touching ceremony, each participant received a large decorated certificate commemorating the occasion. All of the participants returned to their homes on transportation organized especially for them, with the wonderful feeling that the experiences of this amazing day would not soon be forgotten.

 
 
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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