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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)

 
 
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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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