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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 is once again making dreams come true for people with disabilities – with another exciting visit to an historic location, this time the Western wall in Jerusalem's Old City. It is just one more stride forward in realizing everyone's right to travel and explore anywhere in Israel.

About thirty people in wheelchairs from all over the country embarked on a tour of Jerusalem and the Old City, through the combined efforts of Yad Sarah and "Mangishei Derech," a volunteer organization that transforms the dreams of people with functional disabilities into reality. For many, it was the first opportunity to explore the capital city – despite limitations of movement and physical difficulties. The meeting point was the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, with a spectacular view of the Old City, the Mount of Olives, and the Judean Desert. Guide Hagit Tsikoral explained the history and geography of the special location. The pleasant ambience merged with the pleasant voice of songwriter Yossi Swed, who performed special prayers for the Hebrew month of Elul in preparation for the High Holidays. An organized sing along of Jerusalem songs followed, accompanied by guitar. The tour of the promenade ended with the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn), also customary during the month of Elul. Later, the participants traveled in a long convoy to the Western Wall plaza. The vehicles entered the Jaffa Gate with special permission, reaching the Western Wall plaza. Guide Dudi Be'eri spoke about the status of the Western Wall over the generations when it was in the hands of foreign powers. Afterward, the travelers descended to the prayer area to recite the evening prayers. Kobi Beer, the prime mover behind "Mangishei Derech " trips: "We have a sense of satisfaction unlike any other when we see a smile on the face of a person confined to a wheelchair who has not left home for a long time. These are experiences whose value cannot be measured." The trip required many complex logistical preparations. These included arranging YadSaraVans for the trip, coordination with drivers and passengers, setting the routes, checking parking availability on the promenade, acquiring permits to enter the Old City and the Western Wall plaza, planning the route, and more. "I was thrilled that I worked very hard on the trip, but in the end I saw the very satisfying results," said Hezi Yitzhaki, transportation coordinator for Yad Sarah. Indeed, the effort was great, but seeing the smiles on the faces of the participants and hearing their sincere thank-yous, everyone knew that the results were well worth the effort.

 
 
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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