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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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In the photo: Aliza Lax and the group of Holocaust survivors at their belated Bar & Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall

When I spoke to Aliza, she found it difficult to hide her great excitement. Aliza Lax. She lives in Jerusalem and participated in the Bat Mitzvah ceremony for survivors that was once again held at the initiative of Yad Sarah and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. She tells me: "It was an amazing ceremony, and after it was done, I went to the manager of the staff at Yad Sarah who accompanies the survivors, Edna Hishrick, to thank her." I remember from the days of the Holocaust one night when the children and mothers were separated from the men and loaded onto an overcrowded cattle train on the way to the Ural mountains. My childhood passed in the shadow of horror and freezing winter. The men were sent to work in the woods. My father died of starvation and disease. When we returned to Poland, it was a different country than we knew. We returned to nothing. We had nothing. Until I arrived in Israel in 1950. I joined the army. I attended nursing school. I worked in a hospital. I was married. We built a life here. Now comes this exciting initiative to celebrate our Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall. This is a moment of pure joy for me at the Western Wall. I want to give thanks that I survived. The ceremony was so moving. Who thought then, as a child, under those circumstances, about a Bat Mitzvah. The challenge was to survive. To survive until the next piece of bread. My son accompanied me on this adventure. As we drove, we heard an informative historical lecture. At the Western Wall, we had a guided tour and saw a short film. We prayed and lit candles. Then back to the Western Wall plaza - to our party. With music and singing. "I felt the giving and I am blessed to be here."

 
 
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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