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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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This is the story of carpenter Hanoch Mandelbaum who built the table from which was read the Declaration of Independence of the new State of Israel on 5 Iyar, 5708 (1948)* Volunteer Shekedia Cohen reports.

To see the good. The light. To cope. To overcome. To reach every family event that expresses the triumph of life. This is the way Hanoch Mandelbaum, 95, conducts his life and Yad Sarah and its fleet of YadSaraVans –special vehicles for the transportation of people in wheelchairs – makes it all possible. Hanoch is happy to attend any family event. Hanoch Mandelbaum was born in Germany, in 1923. He lived with his parents and older brother, a peaceful and modest life in the local Jewish community. During this period, the Zionist feeling emerged and the family began preparations for Aliyah to what was then Palestine. In 1933, with the rise of Hitler to power in Germany, the social and economic situation of German Jews in general and of Hanoch's family in particular worsened. After graduating from elementary school, Hanoch could not continue his studies and started working in a tanning factory. After the events of Kristallnacht, the situation of the Jews in the city worsened even further, so his parents agreed to send him to Holland, which, as a humanitarian gesture, agreed to grant visas to Jewish youth. In the Netherlands, together with other youth from Germany, he was transferred to an orphanage in the city of Arnhem. The Jewish institutions where the youth were cared for allowed them to study a profession. Hanoch chose carpentry. In 1942, the Germans transferred the local Jews to the Westerbork transit camp. It soon became clear that the frequent transports from the camp were destined for the concentration and extermination camps. Hanoch was transferred to Bergen - Belsen. In April 1945, the Germans, realizing they were defeated, decided to transfer the camp's residents by rail to Theresienstadt. On this train, in another journey of hunger, thirst and substandard conditions, many of the passengers were killed and were buried by Hanoch and his comrades in the city of Trebic when the train stopped at the site after 13 days. The liberating American army ended the journey of terror. Hanoch arrived in France where he met Rachel; they married and immigrated to Israel - and once again, Hanoch found himself in a detention camp, this time being held by the British in Atlit. When they were released, the couple found their way to Tel Aviv. Hanoch found a job in the carpentry shop that later was privileged to build the table next to which David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. When Hanoch was in his 70s, he decided to commemorate the dead buried by him and his friends in a mass grave in Trebic. He erected a memorial wall in the local Jewish cemetery, engraved with the names of those buried there. Today Hanoch lives with his wife in sheltered housing in Jerusalem. His physical condition does not allow him to be as mobile as he wants. Unfortunately, he cannot go by himself to all of his family events. Hanoch and his wife Rachel, who was a volunteer for 15 years at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, have ten grandchildren and more than 40 great-grandchildren. Hanoch loves his family and is proud of it - the triumph of life over death. Thanks to the transportation service at Yad Sarah, which provides people with special needs with special vehicles, Hanoch comes to every Bar Mitzvah, Brit, or wedding, wherever the family celebration takes place. Thus Hanoch can continue to celebrate the triumph of his life and, despite his limitations, can keep busy and actively enjoy his family. Hanoch's daughter, Esther, writes to us: My parents immigrated to Israel in 1946. My father worked in Mr. Dimant's carpentry shop. On the first day of Iyar 5715, Mr. Dimant received a request to prepare a table for Friday and to keep the matter a secret. On Thursday, a truck delivered wooden planks to the workshop .My father was asked by Mr. Diamant to cut the planks according to the measurements he received at the beginning of the week. The next day, on Friday, the fifth of Iyar, my father was asked to move the tablets to Dizengoff House on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv and build a long table there. Together with the others there, he arranged the chairs for the momentous ceremony. In the fifties, they held a ceremony commemorating the declaration of the State, inviting all the ambassadors of the countries who had voted "yes" on November 29, 1947, for the establishment of the State of Israel. The president at the time was Ezer Weizman. My father and Mr. Dimant were also invited to the ceremony. The photograph from that ceremony is presented here. Thanks to Yad Sarah for bringing my father's photo to light, Esther

 
 
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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