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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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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

Yad Sarah, faithful to its mission to do as much as possible for the elderly person, operates a special department for the welfare of Holocaust survivors in the Jerusalem area. During its six years of existence, hundreds of Holocaust survivors have passed through its doors, receiving a warm and loving embrace from the department's volunteers. The volunteers maintain regular contact with the survivors, checking on them and trying to help them deal with any issues or problems they might have. The Holocaust Survivors Department at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem was established six years ago. It was not easy to locate survivors as, "it is forbidden to transfer names of survivors from one organization to another." We had to collect the names ourselves, checking neighborhoods, synagogues and other public institutions, asking neighbors, friends and relatives for help in creating the first list of survivors. We sometimes worked ten hours a day, feeling that every moment counted, the people are no longer young, and we wanted so much to lend a helping hand and provide them with a supportive social network. We have reached a thousand Holocaust survivors from the Jerusalem area (with the number more or less constant throughout the years). We bring to their attention the full range of services that Yad Sarah can provide them. Each survivor has their own volunteer, who maintains constant contact with them and provides them with a basket of services tailored to their needs: an Emergency Alarm Response System, the loan of medical and rehabilitation equipment, writing a life story, legal advice for the elderly, "Daat" medical information service, Caregiver's Support Center, as well as invitations to lectures and seminars. Over the years, students of the Israel Academy of Music and Dance have appeared before them and held concerts in their honor. We encourage them to connect to the Emergency Call Center, even if they are independent. The center provides security for the survivor and his family, so in case of emergency he will receive the help he needs quickly. We also suggest they take any equipment that will make life easier for them: walkers, wheelchairs, electric beds and oxygen generators. We mediate between the Holocaust survivors and the various departments of Yad Sarah. The connection between the departments is good, and it allows us to expand the services we provide. When necessary, we refer them to external entities that can meet their needs. I would like to emphasize that we maintain constant contact with the survivors and send them letters of greeting for the holidays. "Your greeting letter hangs on my refrigerator," says Rivka, a veteran Holocaust survivor. It's so nice to receive a personal and loving letter, not just electricity and water bills." One of the highlights of our work for the Holocaust survivors is the social activities we organize for them. Being at the party we hold in their honor twice a year is an unforgettable experience. To see the people arrive, some alone, some with a partner, some with canes and some in wheelchairs, but there is always a big smile on their faces and their faces express joy and curiosity to know what awaits them. "Indeed, at every party we try to bring a guest artist or entertainer in addition to the wonderful refreshments Yad Sarah provides." I cannot suppress my feelings when I write about the gratitude of the survivors. "Here we feel that you care about us and that we are remembered," say the Einhorns from French Hill. "There is no greater chesed than helping people in need," said an elderly couple whom I visited at home to bring them the walker they needed. The Holocaust Survivors Department at Yad Sarah is well known to all those involved in the field. Even in the Knesset, Yad Sarah's name is recognized as a service provider for Holocaust survivors and I am proud of it. I try to participate in any event related to Holocaust survivors and always raise awareness of Yad Sarah's activities for Holocaust survivors. Over the past year, we have had a unique experience. The Holocaust Survivors Department, sponsored by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, held three bar mitzvahs for Holocaust survivors who were not able to celebrate because of the Holocaust. The survivors and their escorts, accompanied by volunteers from the department, traveled by bus to the Western Wall to conduct the ceremony they had missed in their youth. The large group of people proudly wearing Yad Sarah hats on their heads drew attention among the bystanders and when the people heard that they were a group of Holocaust survivors, they looked at them with respect and appreciation. The event included an experiential tour of the Western Wall tunnels. We could see and feel the excitement of the Bar Mitzvah celebrants. At the end of the prayers, they danced in a circle around the bimah, their eyes streaming with tears of joy. The excitement of the women was hard to describe. "For years I have not been to the Western Wall ..." they whispered to me, "it is a privilege for us to be here. Indeed, I, as the director of the department, felt the great privilege that had fallen into my hands. The event ended with a festive dinner. Each of the participants received a large, decorated certificate commemorating the occasion. Everyone returned to their homes feeling that the events they had experienced on this special day would never be forgotten. I would like to commend the Director of the Home and Community Division of Yad Sarah, Anat Ben Zaken. She encourages and strengthens us in all of our activities. Every act that can benefit the survivors and enhance their welfare is important. We want to give more and more, and for that, we need more volunteers. We welcome all donations that will allow us to offer a greater variety of services to the Holocaust survivors we work with.

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

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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 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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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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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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Our Mobile Dental Clinics Go National
Yad Sarah founder Uri Lupolianski: There will be no elderly person unable to eat due to neglected dental treatment * Thanks to the assistance of the Helmsley Foundation, the dedicated staff of the Yad Sarah Mobile Dental Clinic will offer dental treatment to the homebound in every area of the country.

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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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