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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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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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Once again, Yad Sarah partners with "Mangishay Derech," this time for a memorable Chanukah 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.

 
 
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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