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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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Yad Sarah's volunteer van drivers are a very special group, as evidenced by this moving letter sent to the director of the YadSaraVan service, Yaron Aviv. *In the photo: Bat-El and her team members

My name is Bat-El Breitman HaCohen (Vaknin) and I use a motorized wheelchair to get around. I have been using Yad Sarah's van service for many years, in various parts of the country and especially in the north. In 2008, I began studies to complete my matriculation in a college in Kiryat Ata. I had to attend evening classes four times a week, from 5:30 until 9:30 PM. I called Yad Sarah and asked if they could provide me with regular service. The next day they called me back and told me they could. Those who drove me were volunteers from the Kfar Hasidim area who were members of the local orchestra. The wonderful conductor of the orchestra, Shalom Suissa, sometimes drove me himself to the college. When he could not, he made sure that the other members of the orchestra were available. They were all dedicated to my success in completing 12 years of study and full matriculation. halom said to me: "Bat-El, do not worry, trust me that every day you have to be in school, I will find you a volunteer." And as always, when Shalom makes a promise, he makes it happen. Shalom is a person with a big heart and a constant desire to help others as much as possible. What is so beautiful about this whole story is that the wonderful qualities that Shalom has are also found in each and every one of the volunteers from the orchestra who drove me to my classes, always with a smile and lots of patience. Thank-you to Eliezer Misgav, Yosef Rubinstein, Shmuel Gerson and Giora Zohar. Because of my complicated physical condition and in order to keep fit, I play a competitive sport called "Bocha". I have participated in competitions in Israel and abroad, and Yad Sarah volunteers take me to and from Ben Gurion Airport, whenever I need to go, often during off hours. The volunteers drive me at any hour because they understand the importance of my participation in the competitions. Last time I traveled, Eliezer Misgav was my driver and he was very patient and considerate. He helped me get into the car and then loaded the suitcases, the hoist, and the shower chair. My husband and caretaker accompanied me and the ride passed safely and happily. My husband usually travels to the airport by train to greet me when I return from abroad. When the train service to the airport was discontinued, Shalom Suissa made sure that my husband got to the airport by YadSaraVan. These are the acts of wonderful people with big hearts and the ability to give endlessly without expecting any reward except the satisfaction of helping others. May you continue your good works and succeed in all your endeavors! With Great Appreciation, Bat-El and Matan Breitman Hacohen (Vaknin)

 
 
Happy Chanukah!

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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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A Symbol of the Soul's Triumph over the Body - Pascale Bercovitch at a Festive Event of the Friends of Yad Sarah
The athlete, who has become an inspiring symbol of the ability of the spirit to overcome the limitations of the body, will be the guest of honor at a dinner held by the Friends of Yad Sarah in England to mark 40 years of Yad Sarah's work on behalf of Israeli society. In the photo: The invitation to the event and a moment from an interview conducted with Pascale by Ruti Shiloni of Channel 2

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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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NSN Israel Focus
Nachum Segal welcomed Michael Benson, volunteer director of Yad Sarah's Beer Sheva branch, to JM in the AM to highlight Yad Sarah's services available for both Israeli residents and tourists with disabilities

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"Keep Up the Good Work"
Israel Meron and Ruti Reches bring the Yad Sarah message to the Family Physicians Conference * In the photo: Professor Ilana Tzur

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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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The Entire Yad Sarah Family Mourns the Untimely Passing of Kiryat Sefer Branch Director Chaya Yehudit Klein z"l
We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and will remember her for her dedicated service to Yad Sarah and her community

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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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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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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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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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