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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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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."

 
 
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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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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