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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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And an impressive array of services - and, of course, a summer party that brings a smile to the faces of the guests. * Yad Sarah's Malka Malat Yahalom speaks with the director of the Holocaust Survivors Department, Edna Heisherik, and her dedicated volunteer team

Recently I was privileged to observe up close another event that only Yad Sarah knows how to produce: warm, human, empowering. A summer party for Holocaust survivors on the initiative of Edna Heisherik, Director of the Holocaust Survivors Department in the Home and Community Services Division headed by Anat Ben Zaken. The Holocaust Survivors Department offers a wide array of benefits, from home visits to easy access to Yad Sarah's wide range of services. I am greeted by the clarinet playing and singing of guest artist Eliezer Rosenfeld, who tells the story of his life in Jerusalem. Edna completes the picture with her own memories. The wonder boy Nati Fash from Shiloh also sings for the audience. As at any major Yad Sarah event, we give heartfelt thanks to the volunteers and Edna hands out certificates of appreciation to them. And what do the volunteers say? I met Fania Bernstein, Esther Salamon, Bilha Elkikhar - volunteers who work with Holocaust survivors and I heard all about the department and the party that just took place. Forty volunteers serve with love and dedication approximately 1000 Holocaust survivors in the Jerusalem area. Most of them are elderly people between the ages of 80 and 90, and most of them live with a caregiver. The volunteers are attentive and willing to help in any way and also guide the caregivers who are often foreigners requiring assistance in helping realize the rights of the patient Esther volunteered: "I had a case in which I called the survivor again and again and she did not answer the phone and I quickly looked into the situation and it turned out that the foreign worker had given her something to make her sleep and then went out with her friends. The family thanked me warmly for my vigilance. The volunteer Bilha was an educator and art teacher in the Beit Yaakov school. After she retired, she began to volunteer at Yad Sarah in the creative arts room until she heard five years ago that a department was opening to help Holocaust survivors. She took upon herself the mission to extend a helping hand to the survivors We keep track of a survivor's situation through information that flows from the family," says Edna. "We will be happy to serve with love any other survivors who need assistance." Fania Bernstein, who immigrated to Israel from Kiev, has been a volunteer for nearly three years. Her husband was a Prisoner of Zion in a Soviet prison. Her husband died 3 years ago. Fania holds a PhD in engineering. When she arrived in Israel, she worked as a medical secretary. Fania: "I wanted to volunteer at Yad Sarah and to help Russian speakers who needed someone to speak to in their mother tongue. We have volunteers who speak additional languages: Hungarian, Yiddish, French, and more recently Moroccan." And back to the party that takes place twice a year and always puts smiles of satisfaction on the faces of the participants. To quote Edna, "At Yad Sarah, we give our hearts." And when you get heart, you get stronger. In the words of one Holocaust survivor: "You give me the strength to continue."

 
 
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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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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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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