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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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Once again, Yad Sarah partners with "Mangishay Derech," this time for a memorable trip to Masada

Masada, the symbol of Jewish resistance against the mighty Roman Empire, is the stuff of legends. Stretching 400 meters (1,300 ft.) high into the Judean desert landscape, the great mountain seems impregnable from below. Indeed, a group of Jewish rebels managed to hold off the mighty Roman army from its position on Masada's upper plateau for many months. The revolt symbolized the struggle of the Jews of Judea against a foreign invader and is often compared to the story of Chanukah, which took place a century earlier, in 167 BCE. The Maccabees also repelled a foreign invader, in this case emerging triumphant and reestablishing for a time independent Jewish rule in the land. This Chanukah, a group of about 30 disabled participants from all over Israel realized their dream of "climbing" Masada, many for the first time in their lives. The tour was the joint effort of Yad Sarah and "Mangishay Derech," a group of certified tour guides who volunteer at Yad Sarah and organize monthly tours for people in wheelchairs. The trip to Masada was particularly meaningful for the group as Masada symbolizes a struggle against great odds to overcome enormous obstacles, something our participants deal with on a personal level on a daily basis. Climbing the great mountain in the shadow of the zealots who gave their lives to defend it, gave our participants a tremendous sense of accomplishment, both physically and spiritually. One after another, 10 YadSaraVans, the special vehicles for transporting people in wheelchairs, parked at the entrance to the Masada national site. Each of the participants was accompanied by an escort, and together with the team of guides, about 80 people took part in the trip, a very complex logistical operation. The group was led by James Elgrod, a member of the Mangishay Derech group. The guides shared the excitement of the group as it reached the breathtaking views of the Judean Desert. Kobi Bier, one of the volunteer guides added, "We chose to travel here on Chanukah because Chanukah and Masada symbolize Jewish heroism, and the participants symbolize, each in their own way, everyday heroism in dealing with the daily hardships they encounter." A special experience for the travelers was the ride by cable car, climbing up to the top of the mountain, with the Judean desert unfolding before them. When they reached the top of the mountain, between listening to explanations, the participants held a candle-lighting ceremony. James the guide provided a full explanation: The historical background, the mountain's geography, life on the mountain before and during the siege, and the final battle against the Romans. The story touched all the listeners and challenged them to imagine the hardships experienced by the zealots. During the entire trip, the guides made sure the group was comfortable and safe, providing them with drinks and many rest periods away from the strong sun. Shaul Goldstein, director of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, who happened to be in Masada, said: "It warmed my heart when I saw Yad Sarah's vans lined up at the entrance to the site. Good job!" The spirit of Chanukah was felt by all who participated, and once again, YadSaraVans played a vital part in making this most memorable day possible.

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

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Diary of a Trip: The Wonders of Spring
Attorney Kobi Bir reports on another inspiring and emotional trip under the auspices of "Easy Roaders," an organization that arranges day trips for people with disabilities. Kobi shares photos of the trip (here and above in the revolving photo album)

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It's In the Details
The skill of its staff and the high level of care impress visitors to the Frenkel EMC, but the heart of Yad Sarah is felt in the small details. This satisfied customer shared on Facebook his experience at the center. In the photo: A cozy waiting area with charging station

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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 Assists Holocaust Survivors All Year Long
Special report on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 by Edna Heisrik (photographed during an event for survivors at Yad Sarah), Director of the Department for Holocaust Survivors in the Division of Home and Community Services

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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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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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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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The story behind the life story
How did a charitable organization known internationally for its medical equipment lending service par excellence become also an organization that records the life stories of elderly Israelis as a legacy for their families? * Yad Sarah volunteer Charna Duchanov tells the story behind the story

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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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