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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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Summer is a time for weddings, trips to the beach, family events. At Yad Sarah, drivers like Haim try to meet the demands of this busy season. By Yad Sarah site reporter Malka Malat Yahalom with a message from transportation coordinator Yaron Aviv in Jerusalem.

Haim Niego: "I am a volunteer driver at Yad Sarah in Rishon LeZion and also at the Day Rehabilitation Center there and I have many interesting stories to tell. The truth is that every passenger I take tugs at my heartstrings. And I run from place to place to help them and ask Yaron Aviv in Jerusalem to book me as many trips as possible." A month ago, we took the mother of the groom to the son's wedding - from Tel Aviv to Caesarea. When I arrived in Tel Aviv to take the woman to the wedding, I saw that she needed to take oxygen balloons with her and was not in good condition. I asked myself if it was a good idea to bring her to this wedding. But I was pleasantly surprised. Half an hour after we arrived, I went up to the hall to see what was going on. When the groom came to greet his bride, he first went to greet his mother and said, "I am so happy that you came and are with us at this special moment." I went outside and could not restrain myself and burst into tears. I said to myself, "Now I understand why I brought this woman in her condition to this wedding. It was worth it!" Another time, I went to the hospital to pick up an elderly woman to take to a family wedding. I called the family and they said to me, "Do us a favor, take care of her. We are very busy preparing." When I met the passenger, she burst into tears and said that everyone had abandoned her even though she was the grandmother. She said she didn't have any clothes suitable for such an event and how could she attend the wedding without proper clothes? So, I brought her clothes with my sisters. We brought her dressed beautifully to the wedding in Bnei Brak. And when she said, the driver, he did this, I was so happy! In the summer, there are more calls for transportation because there are more events and more people are going out. At least twice a month I take people in wheelchairs to the beach for disabled persons in Rishon LeZion. I also pick up tourists from hotels and from the airport. It happens all summer. "Let me tell you something, I took medical retirement. After all that happened to me - I experienced cardiac arrest - I began to volunteer and found volunteering to be the best medicine. Shopping and cooking for the Day Rehabilitation Center also gives me great pleasure. I hope to continue this way for the rest of my life." Yaron Aviv is the coordinator of activities for the Transportation Department based at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. He adds, "In the summer, people in wheelchairs get out more, and among other things we take them on nature trips as part of the Yad Sarah tour program for people with disabilities. Among others, there was a trip to the Tel Aviv port. Now I'm arranging a trip for an organization for handicapped people who want to take a group to the North, including kayaking. We have many customers and word of mouth brings new ones. The message is that we pick up and bring passengers anywhere they want to go: To the mall, to the market, and to the museum. We do everything with joy and love. During the summer months, there are many tourists in Israel. The Tourism Desk in the Public Relations Division sends us many requests from tourists who come to Israel and ask for transportation from the airport, and many of them want a ride to the Western Wall and other important sites. With a fleet of 33 large vans and the addition of small vehicles for one wheelchair-bound passenger - we bring the summer to many. We are looking for volunteers all the time. The more drivers we have, the more people we can help.

 
 
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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