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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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The younger generation is joining their grandparents in loving service at Yad Sarah branches all over the country

Anyone who knows Yad Sarah knows it was founded on the principles of helping others, others who are in need of kindness and compassion when life deals them some difficult challenges. They also know that Yad Sarah would not be able to deliver on its promise to provide a variety of quality services to the Israeli community without the dedicated help of its thousands strong volunteer army. After more than 40 years of operation, Yad Sarah is encountering a new and very welcome phenomenon. Our volunteers set such a shining example to their families that many children of volunteers step up to continue the work of their parents, volunteering for Yad Sarah in a variety of capacities in their own communities. However, our newest volunteers are not the children but the grandchildren of our veteran volunteers, grandchildren who are so inspired by their grandparents that they also want to be a part of the Yad Sarah family. It is not known if Ayala Yaffe, 10, is the youngest volunteer at Yad Sarah, but she is certainly the most northernmost. Ayala, a resident of Metulla, volunteers with her grandmother, Dalia Bashan-Yaffe, in the Kiryat Shmona branch. Yossi Hammershlag, the branch manager, says that she is totally familiar with all of the available medical equipment and with the computer program used by Yad Sarah to keep track of loans and returns. Hammerschlag adds that she also has one advantage over the other volunteers: "When she asks people who return equipment if they are willing to donate the deposit, it is very hard to refuse her..." In the photo: Ayala with her grandmother Dalia Bashan-Yaffe, proudly displaying the certificates of appreciation they received at a ceremony held at the branch before Rosh Hashanah, Dalia for 10 years of volunteering and Ayala for her special volunteer work. Grandma Ilana and granddaughter Noa volunteer together in loving service of those who come for help to Yad Sarah House in Modi'in. Like many of our grandparent-grandchild duos, Ilana and Noa both love being a part of the Yad Sarah family and love the chance to spend time together while giving back to their community.

 
 
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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