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A Day of Giving at Yad Sarah
In our revolving photo album above: 1: Flowers in bloom at the Day Rehabilitation Center. 2-5: Yonatan Libzon and family chose to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah with a trip to the Yad Sarah Experience; the tour included assembling crutches that were donated to Yad Sarah. 6: At the light rail station with a Yad Sarah walker. 7: On the floor of the lending center. *Thank-you to Eli Cohen who provides us with memorable photos of the Yad Sarah family of giving
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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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Amy finds her true self as a volunteer for the Life Story Project *Pictured here: Director of the Life Story Project Anat Ben Zaken with one of her storytellers

My name is Amelia, but already at my first meeting with the members at the kibbutz I came to as a volunteer, I felt that the name was too long and did not suit this special little country, and I introduced myself as Amy. I was born in Germany, in a small town near Frankfurt, where I completed my professional education as a translator. Like many of my friends, I knew I the next stage of my life would include travel to exciting and unknown destinations. For some reason it was clear to me that I was going to Israel. I knew this without giving much thought to why my feelings were so strong. Though my family shared the guilt of the entire German people for the Holocaust of European Jewry, as far as we knew, we had no direct part in it. The establishment of the State of Israel and its development have always intrigued me and I followed its progress through the media. There isn't enough room here to tell about all of my experiences on the kibbutz. A new world opened up to me and I made many good friends there. I visited Israel every year to see old friends and, in the age of the Internet, I was able to work as a translator while spending part of the year in Tel Aviv. The turning point in my life came when I found Yad Sarah. I was looking for a volunteering opportunity that would allow me to use my talents and language skills. I was referred to the Life Story Project Elsie was one of the Viennese children transported to England on the eve of World War II. Most left their parents behind but received their lives in exchange. She was a pleasant, English-speaking woman who had been widowed many years ago and had no children. Her only relative was a niece who cared for her like a daughter, and she was the one who contacted Yad Sarah to record her aunt's memories. The process of writing was enhanced by the pleasure of getting to know Elsie and from my relationship with her niece but mostly from hearing her memories and the story of her wonderful life. All this time I felt an inexplicable closeness to Elsie and the story about her parents, the house where she grew up and the atmosphere in the Jewish community that surrounded it. However, the story came to an end and the result was a booklet with pictures presented to Elsie at a festive evening with the participation of the niece and her family. A few days later, I returned to my home abroad, and a week later the phone rang. Elsie's niece was calling with the sad news that she had passed away. We both felt that Elsie had waited patiently for her story to be completed. My feelings of sadness were mixed with a feeling of satisfaction that I was able to give her this final gift. Two weeks later, I received an envelope in the mail, and when I opened it I found a certificate from the Jewish National Fund informing me of the planting of ten trees in my name in a forest in Israel. The donor was Elsie's niece. Now, I have ten new friends to visit in Israel. I come now to the end of my story but I have not yet touched upon the turning point of my life. My next trip was to Poland, where I looked for my family roots and discovered the basis for the feeling that had haunted me for so long without my knowing what it was. I learned that one of my ancestors was Jewish and now all that is left for me to do is to return to my roots. * Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals

 
 
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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