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Send a Greeting Card & Donate ! We are excited to tell you that we have created eCards for you to send to family and friends. We continue to have printed cards which we can mail, as we always have but you can now order them online as well. We will build the library of …

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The Evolution of Yad Sarah

Leah Abromowitz New Developments in Israel's oldest volunteer organization A recent article in The Jerusalem Report on October 11, 2021 recounts the story of how Yad Sarah began, directly from the founder, Uri Lupolianski. The author, Leah Abamowitz, is not only a writer but is, herself, dedicated to geriatric care. Leah details how the organization …

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Save Your Toddler with a “Tap”

Parenthood Week at Yad Sarah What if you could save your toddler with just a tap? Well in Israel you can. As parents, we have so many priorities and distractions. Our multitasking world distracts us from the concentration needed. Think about your morning routine. As parents, we have to get our children fed, dressed and …

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Hanna Makani, 90 yr-old, reclines on adjustable hospital bed in her home in Petach Tikvah, Israel after suddenly declining in health

No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home Feeling More Secure in your Own Surroundings Hanna Makani, a 90-year-old of Persian descent, has been fortunate until recently, to have been able to take care of herself with a little help from her family. She had been able to go about daily activities and participate in family gatherings. In …

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95 year-old Alexander Brenner, tries motorized scooter at Yad Sarah lending centre in Ra'anana, Israel

Helping Holocaust Survivors Return to Normal Activities

Thousands of Holocaust Survivors are Experiencing Difficulties Resuming their Daily Routine Over a year has passed since the outbreak of COVID-19, and at Yad Sarah, we are helping Holocaust survivors return to the normal activities they engaged in prior to the pandemic. Holocaust survivor, Alexander Brenner, 95, was independent until a year ago. After a …

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Yad Sarah volunteers Delivering Medical Equipment During Covid-19

Logistical Efficiency Latest Productivity Innovation Project

Yad Sarah Leverages Relationships to Build Core Competencies in Logistics Logistical Efficiency is Yad Sarah's latest productivity innovation project. Yad Sarah is best known for its loaning of medical equipment through its network of branches. Over the years, the organization has built strong relationships with organizations that enhance its services and capabilities.  The most recent …

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Volunteers Committed to Keeping All Services Open During Guardian of the Walls

Yad Sarah Volunteers Committed to Keeping All Services Open

During Operation Guardian of the Wall Volunteers Kept All Services Functioning. Kol HaKavod! Good Job! Our Yad Sarah volunteers were committed to keeping all services open with determination and grit – working non-stop to offer additional emergency support. During the days of the military operation called Operation Guardian of the Walls, Yad Sarah branches and …

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Rachel Caro Center for Loneliness Relief

Loneliness Fear Prevalent in Israel

Inauguration of the Rachel Caro Center for Loneliness Relief A Much Needed New Service At Yad Sarah On Thursday, May 13th, 2021 the 2nd day of Sivan, the first day of remembrance for the late Mrs. Rachel Caro, her children inaugurated the Center for Loneliness Relief in memory of their late mother – a centre …

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70,000 Israelis are suffering from post-coronavirus symptoms and need your help!

70,000 Covid Long Haulers in Israel

The following is a March 2021 Covid-19 Press Release from Yad Sarah Jerusalem. It details the challenges before some of the most vulnerable in Israel after having contracted Covid-19. Yad Sarah is mobilizing its assets to assist those experiencing long-lasting effects of the pandemic. We encourage you to read the letter and support the families …

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4 millionth person vaccinated in Israel

Four Million Vaccinated in Israel

The Call to Get Vaccinated As the video begins the sign reads, "I am the 4 millionth person to be vaccinated." Transcript Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister pleads with the viewers, "Go get vaccinated! Please, do it now! Not with a green passport, not with any passport. We can succeed completely if 570,000 people will …

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Personal Wrist Alarm for Elderly

Medical Alert Devices

Yad Sarah's Medical Alert ButtonHome Alone?Isolated by Covid? Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Explanation of the video as you watch it. An older gentleman is walking in his neighbourhood and is distracted by a cute child riding on the back of the mother's bicycle. In doing so, he twists his ankle and falls on the …

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Home Versus Hospital Recovery

A recent article in the Israeli magazine, Kehiloth, discusses the pros and cons of hospitalization and the unique Israeli alternative of home recovery supported by Yad Sarah. With the novel coronavirus so prevalent, there are many who do not want to rely on the hospitals where they could very well be exposed to more serious …

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Heart ending with hands

Agency Doing Acts of Kindness Everyday

Yad Sarah in Israel Performing Acts of Kindness Everyday Gila Yefet interviews Arlene Weisbart, Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Yad Sarah. Here, Arlene gives the audience a primer on the great work of Yad Sarah and its 7,000+ volunteers in Israel. Each volunteer makes it possible that those who live with deficits can live …

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Yad Sarah has instituted a Coronavirus Hotline

03.11.2020 – In order to address the current outbreak of Coronavirus in Israel, Yad Sarah has instituted a Coronavirus Hotline. Yad Sarah’s considerable resources such as their telephone response equipment and staff, their national system of volunteers, and their fleet of vans will deliver much-needed home care equipment, such as respiratory needs, etc. while people …

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Making Lives Better for the Past 45 Years

Changing Lives for the Better

Yad Sarah Makes a Real Difference in the Lives of Real PeopleSatisfied customer Joel out and about on his motorized scooter in downtown Jerusalem Yad Sarah Made a Difference with the loan of a motorized scooter Linda and Joel are in the prime of life. They made Aliyah five years ago from Detroit, joining most …

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When you give to others, you get so much in return

Ninety-two Year Old Man Volunteers to Help the Elderly Translation of article from Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot Most people who come to Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem come to borrow medical equipment – a walker, a wheelchair, an oxygen generator.  Yechezkel Herman, a Holocaust survivor, comes every day to volunteer. "I tell everyone, just don't …

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Reuven Ini's Bar Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah at 70!

Reuven Ini Celebrates Bar Mitzvah at 70 Yad Sarah Makes Lifelong Dream Come to Fruition Reuven Ini and his sister were born disabled. Their parents abandoned both children by a trash bin; but for a social worker passing by and finding them, both children may have lost their lives that cold night. The social worker …

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Relieving Anxiety of Child Patients

Relieving Anxiety of Child Patients at Emergency Centre
Doctors and parents understand that relieving anxiety of an ill child who requires urgent care can facilitate a positive outcome for everyone involved. To that end, a new play corner has been established where children can preoccupy themselves.

Mother, Brenda Lemkus, with picture of her daughter, Dalia, who was killed

Living the Passion of Deceased Daughter

Brenda Lemkus Lost Her Daughter to a Terrorist Attack Found Living Dalia's Passion Honours her Memory Volunteering at Yad Sarah Helps MORE than the patients Brenda Lemkus found strength helping others after her daughter, Dalia, was killed in a terrorist attack Dalia Lemkus dedicated two years of her life to founding the Tekoa Yad Sarah …

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Group of men socializing at a mall. One man sitting in scooter has mobility issues.

Independence versus Being Housebound

"This is true," said CEO Moshe Cohen this week. "The scooter is really very expensive, above and beyond what we thought we could offer. However, Rabbi Lupolianski said that the fact that the volunteers succeeded this year in recruiting more and more borrowers to donate their deposit money obliges us to make even more effort. …

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The sign at the entrance to the new Frenkel Emergency Medical Center

Urgent Care Center

The Best Medicine Shimon Breitkopf with Shlomi Gil Former Jerusalem mayor, Uri Lupolianski, agreed to a rare interview in the wake of his latest initiative — a groundbreaking urgent care center in the capital Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Source:  Original Article  If you know a thing or two about Israeli politics, you’ve probably wondered how …

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Students from Bi-Cultural Visit Yad Sarah

Stamford’s Day Students Tour Yad Sarah

By JLBWC Staff | April 26, 2018 Source:  Original Article Since they arrived in Israel on April 11, the graduating class of Stamford’s Bi-Cultural Day School has been enjoying a jam-packed itinerary that includes touring the country from Eilat to the Golan Heights; engaging in acts of chesed—aka ‘loving kindness’ or social service; and attending …

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Yad Sarah volunteer sits with a Holocaust survivor and her photo album helping her record her life stories

Yad Sarah Races Against Time to Record Survivors Stories

The organization has recorded testimonies and personal stories by over 1,000 survivors to date. Original Article BY JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH  APRIL 12, 2018 16:57 Many survivors who had remained silent for decades about their horrendous experiences have decided in their later years of life to speak out and commemorate the loved ones who were murdered by the …

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Yad Sarah volunteers stand behind wheelchairs prepared to assist physically disabled reach the gravesites of their lost ones on Memorial Day 2018.

Yad Sarah Ready to Help Disabled Bereaved on Memorial Day

Yad Sarah helps family members get to the grave sites, as well as holding memorial ceremonies at their rehabilitation centers. BY JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH APRIL 15, 2018 18:22 The Jerusalem Post Disabled people from bereaved families may be taken free to and from military cemeteries in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba by Yad Sarah’s Nechonit …

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A Yad Sarah special van called Dentistry for the Homebound sits in a garage with a young lady standing at the side waiting to attend clients in their homes.

Helmsley Charitable Trust Funds National Mobile Dentistry Program

Dental and Healthcare Now a Reality Due to the Generosity of the Helmsley Charitable Trust 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 Charitable Trust, the dedicated staff of the Yad Sarah Mobile Dental Clinic will offer …

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Hagit Yasu glamour shot for her singing career

Hagit Yasu Yad Sarah Volunteer

Hagit Yaso Gives Back Customers who come to the Yad Sarah branch in Sderot are surprised to see Hagit Yaso 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. In Hagit Yaso's …

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Stephen Hawking in his wheelchair near the rear of the Yad Sarah van and in front of Yad Sarah House

Stephen Hawking and Yad Sarah

Stephen Hawking had a complicated relationship with Israel. The world-renowned physicist made a last minute decision in 2013 to boycott the conference in Jerusalem to honour Shimon Peres. It is said that he decided to boycott the conference due to pressure from the BDS movement. The last of the four visits Stephen Hawking made to …

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New Frenkel Emergency Medical Center

The new Frenkel Emergency Medical Center is the result of a generous donation of the international businessman and Chairman of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC), Aaron Frenkel, who dedicated the centre in memory of his parents R.Chaim and Fruma, z”l. The new centre is built upon an impressive area of 1,000 sq. meters (10,763.91 sq. ft.) and …

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A young boy on crutches. Banner reads Last Year Yad Sarah helped more than 600,000 people get back on their feet

Israel’s Countrywide Network

What is Yad Sarah? Byline: Canadian Jewish News Yad Sarah is Israel's countrywide network of over 7,000+ volunteers, an NGO operation that provides free or nominal-cost services to enrich the lives of those who are sick, disabled, elderly, frail, wounded soldiers and isolated clients. We have operated throughout Israel since 1976, working to fulfill the …

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Students at the Visitors' Center in bright yellow aprons learn how to clean wheelchairs after they are returned to Yad Sarah

YAD SARAH’S NEW VISITORS’ CENTER

Inspiration is Our Message! The Best Show in Town!Yet this institution is built on the concept of “The Volunteer”. This vital aspect is always seeking new blood to enable the ideology to move ever forward and move into realms of “whatever is needed shall be provided”. Come Visit us on your next trip to Israel! …

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Sderot children standing in front of Yad Sarah House holding balloons and a large Yad Sarah banner in front of the group of children

Smiles Say It All

A Smile is All it Takes The smiles on the children's faces said it all: they were happy to spend a day of fun at Yad Sarah, far from the frequent sirens and missile threats in their hometown of Ashdod. Yad Sarah initiated the invitation to Jerusalem, and the Social Welfare Department of Ashdod responded …

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Kassam rockets on display after they fell on the town of Sderot, Israel.

Sderot Branch Under Attack

Sderot Under Attack! Yad Sarah's 100th Branch is There to Help! With the Negev town of Sderot again under relentless bombardment by Kassam rockets from the Gaza Strip, Yad Sarah has gone into action to help the beleaguered residents. To alleviate the suffering of thousands of residents, Yad Sarah opened a branch (100th in number) in …

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Giving More

A Year Of Giving More

In 2014 Yad Sarah Was Called Upon to Give More Nearly 200,000 wheel-chaired patients transported by handicapped vans. Over 65,000 house calls carried out to help the elderly and patients confined to their home. 20,000 people services via Yad Sarah's telephone call center. 4,000 dental treatments provided by Yad Sarah's Dental Clinic for the Golden …

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Emergency Alarm Response System with 5 stations and 5 female responders

Emergency Call Centre FAQ’s

Manager of the Emergency call centre in Yad Sarah – Arie Kahan (in photo) answers 7 questions about this distinctive call centre which imparts a sense of security to those who are connected and to their families. Seven Questions, One Answer – A Call Centre Full of Heart! 1)  I read and heard in the …

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Young volunteers, civilian and soldiers, await behind wheelchairs to assist the disable to get to the polls to vote.

Helping People with Disability to Vote!

Yad Sarah - People Helping People, with Disabilities On Election Day, March 17th, 2015, Yad Sarah will transport disabled citizens who are unable to get to polling stations on their own. This service will be provided with a symbolic minimum fee to people who are wheelchair-bound. Those wishing to avail themselves of this service may reserve a ride …

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Yad Sarah's efforts to provide home health services keeps patients out of hospitals and saves Israel millions of dollars.

Saving Israeli Public Coffers

Yad Sarah Saves Israel 1.5 billion NIS Loaning Medical Equipment in 2014! By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH * THE JERUSALEM POST – SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 Source:  Original Article More than half a million residents benefited from services from Yad Sarah during the past year, with the voluntary organization saving the public coffers 1.5 billion NIS by lending …

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