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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 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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It is Chol HaMoed Succot and the first rainy day of the fall season is upon us. Yad Sarah's unique program that facilitates day trips for people in wheelchairs is in full swing despite the wet weather. This group, a joint venture of "Mangishei Derech," (literally making accessible travel possible) and Yad Sarah, is embarking on a magical journey in the footsteps of the pilgrims to Jerusalem. Part of a series of trips for people in wheelchairs that promotes accessibility to tourist sites throughout Israel, the group is traveling in YadSaraVans, specially outfitted to carry people confined to wheelchairs. The dedicated drivers and devoted guides join together to create an opportunity for people with disabilities to tour the country despite the difficulties.

The theme of the trip on Chol HaMoed was pilgrimages to Jerusalem, a tradition mentioned in the Torah in conjunction with the three major holidays of Succot, Pesach, and Shavuot, when the people of Israel traveled from all over the country to Jerusalem to celebrate together. The guides were volunteers Nissim Peterkovsky and Kobi Beer. Sixteen travelers with functional disabilities arrived in seven YadSaraVans. All together, there were about 40 people. The group traveled along the Jericho-Jerusalem road, beginning with Kassar-Al Yahud, east of Jericho, the place where the people of Israel first entered the land of Israel. In this place, the children of Israel fulfilled the commandment of circumcision and observed the first Pesach holiday. There we spoke about the pilgrims who crossed the river at this same spot, on their way to worship at the Holy sites. Over the years, Christians have adopted the place as a baptism site. There was extraordinary excitement when suddenly the skies opened and the first rain of the season fell on us. From there we went to the hostel of the Good Samaritan, where we heard from a local guide on the many ancient mosaics displayed there, including a copy of the mosaic from an ancient synagogue in Gaza. Then, we entered the screening room located inside an ancient cave where we saw a movie about the legend of the Good Samaritan. The guides emphasized the great dangers experienced by those who attempted to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem from this area. We ended our trip on Mount Scopus, at the observation point of Binyamin Mazar, who was one of the archeological pillars of the country. His nephew and granddaughter are also accomplished archaeologists. From the lookout, we could see the Temple Mount in one direction and the desert in the other. We read the story of Rabbi Akiva who comforted his followers by saying that just as the prophecies of the destruction of Jerusalem came true, so would the prophecies of redemption soon be realized. Our travelers left the vans three times, but despite the difficulties in maneuvering so many wheelchairs, they all enjoyed very much. And, are already looking forward to the next trip. Report on the Yad Sarah portal by Shekedia Cohen

First in Israel: Emergency Medical Center Staffed by Specialists
The Frenkel Emergency Medical Center Opens in Jerusalem

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Following in the Footsteps of a Beloved Daughter
A grieving mother chooses to honor her daughter by volunteering at Yad Sarah

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A Wedding and Yad Sarah
Ella and Girsch, immigrants from the FSU, recommit to each other and to the Jewish people in a moving ceremony organized by their friends at Yad Sarah

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Yad Sarah and Tikvah4Parkinson
Yad Sarah News talks to Devorah (Debbie) Shapiro, the force behind the new treatment program for Parkinson's patients at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem

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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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How Yad Sarah Built a Wheelchair Especially for Me
David Rothner talks about Yad Sarah’s special role in the rehabilitation of Shai Ben Israel, a victim of the latest wave of terror

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Come Volunteer At Yad Sarah
Yad Sarah needs you! Join the Yad Sarah family and experience the joy and fulfillment of giving. There are a wide variety of ways to volunteer

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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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When Music Became Therapy
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, describes how as the music played, the patient with Parkinson's stopped shaking * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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Our Mobile Dental Clinics Go National
Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski: There will be no elderly person unable to eat due to neglected dental treatment * Thanks to the assistance of the Helmsley Foundation, the dedicated staff of the Yad Sarah Mobile Dental Clinic will offer dental treatment to the homebound in every area of the country.

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The Yad Sarah Experience: Join our team of volunteer guides

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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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