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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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In the capital of the Negev, Yad Sarah takes its hat off to the many volunteers and participants who worked together to achieve this milestone * Photos: Tzlilla Zagagi

They came to Beer Sheva to celebrate the publication of the 1,000th story, the most recent story in a long line of wonderful, touching, inspiring, and interesting stories related to Yad Sarah volunteers as part of the Life Stories Project. Be'er Sheva branch director Michael Benson welcomed CEO Moshe Cohen, YS Spokesperson David Rothner, Director of Home and Community Services Anat Ben-Zaken, National Coordinator of the Life Stories Project Hagit Shaiovitz, Director of the Southern Region of Yad Sarah Golan LaMenaze'ach, and Hannah and Moti Cohen, whose story was the record breaker. Sharing the spotlight were the volunteers who document the life stories of veteran citizens, preserving their heritage for them and their families as well as for future generations. The project preserves not just the memories and accomplishments of one individual but shines a light on the achievements and adventures of an entire generation who created a country in the desert and, therefore, documents a vital chapter in the life of the State of Israel. Michael Benson, director of the Southern Services Center: "As far as I'm concerned, this is an exciting project, and every delivery of a life story to its narrator is a special event." We consider this important and significant event to be a token of appreciation to the volunteers who are fulfilling their mission with dedication, skill, and heart. We hope others will be encouraged to participate and to share their stories for future generations. During the years of the project (since 2011), 83 books have been written in Be'er Sheva alone. In the photographs sent to us by Tzlila Zagagi, we see Professor Dan Benor, who interviewed Hannah and Moti Cohen, whose story was the 1000th story. Yehudit Galperin, coordinator of the Life Stories Project in Be'er Sheva, wrote about the event in the weekly newsletter sent by director Michael Benson to Yad Sarah's large community of friends. She sent a message to volunteers who were unable to participate in the event. "The event was impressive and exciting, and much thought was given to how to make it special." Most of the stories published in the Be'er Sheva branch were displayed proudly and many volunteers from the local branch attended the ceremony. The guests from Yad Sarah in Jerusalem praised the volunteers and their dedication to the Life Stories Project. Michael Benson spoke about the value of volunteerism and how it connects to the upcoming holidays. Dan Benor, a member of the life story volunteer team, discussed the interview process, relating to the significant events in the storyteller's life, and the importance of the connection between interviewer and interviewee. The Cohens spoke about their personal feelings during the interview process and their excitement and pride in receiving the finished story. The Cohens spoke about their personal feelings during the interview process and their excitement and pride in receiving the finished story. A pair of musicians, Asher and Chana Blechman, accompanied the event, adding a pleasant atmosphere. A good time was had by all!

 
 
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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