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Yad Sarah Ashdod Brings Light Back to Woman’s Eyes

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Bertha Moskovitz, born in Ukraine, made Aliyah to Israel in 1973 with her husband and daughter Marina, looking to start a new life. Settling in her new home, Bertha took a job working at "Agan Chemica...
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Playing Her Way to Happiness

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Hadas and her parents first came to the Yad Sarah Play Center more than a year ago, along with the rest of her class. The five-year old struggled to keep up with her peers, growing increasingly irrita...
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"Inside Yad Sarah" Spring 2019 Newsletter Is Here!

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"A Healthier Country for Israel's Builders" is the theme of INSIDE Yad Sarah Spring 2019.  These builders, women and men driven by a pioneering spirit and unyielding sense of purpose, a...
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Change of a Lifetime

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Oscar and Orit, a married couple in their 90s who are both Holocaust survivors, are both in poor health. They have no other family and their small apartment in Beer Sheba has deteriorated over time as...
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How Yad Sarah's Geriatric Dental Clinic Transforms the Lives of Jerusalem's Elderly

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Vladimir moved to Israel just three years ago from Russia and speaks only Russian. His only son was killed five years ago in a car accident, and he has no other living relatives. Dr. Lev, a dentist at...
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Yad Sarah 2018 Accomplishments

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As we move into 2019, let's take a look back at our major 2018 accomplishments!  Dental Clinic: Over the past two years, Yad Sarah has increased its mobile dental outreach in the periphery, bring...
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Nurturing is Natural for Yad Sarah Bnei Brak Volunteer

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Rachel Dorzia, 78, has been volunteering in the Bnei Brak branch of Yad Sarah for 13 years, covering as many as 9 shifts per week. With many careers under her belt -- an IDF paratrooper, a police officer, a civil servant in the State Comptroller's office as well as a volunteer medic, Rachel is accustomed to demanding, yet fulfilling work in support of the community. At an age when many older adults are slowing down, Rachel has assumed responsibility for the medical and home care equipment, keeping inventory, repairing it and helping members of her community with the resources available at Yad Sarah, feeling particularly gratified by helping others cope with the often overwhelming responsibilities of caring for someone who is ill or injured. Rachel also nurtures the other volunteers by making sure there is always fresh coffee and cookies available. Understanding the kinds of health care crises that face so many individuals and families that come to Yad Sarah for...
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"Inside Yad Sarah" Fall 2018 newsletter is here!

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The Fall 2018 edition of our newsletter includes stories of a few of Israel’s founders and the importance of Yad Sarah in their lives today. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence this year, this issue highlights one of Yad Sarah’s very special missions: giving back to thousands of Israel’s founders — at a time when they need us most. Whether they escaped the horrors of the Holocaust, were refugees from Arab nations or ventured from America to find a new homeland, these pioneers sacrificed so much to bring the dream of a Jewish State to life. And now, as they grow old and frail, it is our turn to repay the debt. At Yad Sarah, we see these people struggle every day and do whatever we can to help. Our programs and services make sure that their medical, safety, and emotional needs are addressed — in addition to providing a virtual lifeline for many isolated elderly...
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Yad Sarah Helps a Police Officer in Need

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A year ago, Policewoman Tzippy Ya’akobian was stabbed near the Old City of Jerusalem by a terrorist, and paralyzed from the neck down. She visited Yad Sarah to see how we could help -- she needed an adjustable bathroom chair. We had one in our Netanya branch and passed it along to her. Staff and volunteers in the Exhibition and Guidance Center also gave her information about building a ramp to enable her to visit her parents, and demonstrated adaptive equipment for the kitchen to make it comfortable for her to prepare food for herself and her family. There are countless stories about officers like Tzippy going out of their way to help others, protecting life and property. Yad Sarah is happy we were able to help her remain independent at home and engaged with her family and community.

A Taglit-Birthright Israel Tour Like No Other... Because of Yad Sarah

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Yad Sarah recently lent medical equipment to a Taglit-Birthright Israel group  with physical disabilities making their first-ever trip to Israel! As the group traveled -- to Caesarea, Nahariya, through the North, Jerusalem, and more -- Yad Sarah branches around the country made sure they had the adaptive and health care support equipment they needed. Shiri Rosenbaum, an Israeli instructor who joined the group, wrote about the trip's impact and deep meaning: "As a guide in the project, I was so happy to see the group experience their right to 'Come to the land which God your Gd gives you.' They were excited at levels that are hard to describe: in Tiberias, at the Western Wall, everywhere. One of the participants told me, 'My friends all have stories from Israel. Now I will too.'"

"Inside Yad Sarah" Spring 2018 newsletter is here!

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The Spring issue of "Inside Yad Sarah" celebrates Israel's builders, the everyday men and women whose effort and spirit have shaped the modern state of Israel over more than 70 years. Many of these "builders" are now older, some are frail and in need of support services. The generosity of our friends and donors in the USA helps to enable Yad Sarah to meet their varying needs. We also take a look at Yad Sarah's family caregiver support program, a real lifelines for spouses and children struggling with the challenges of the care of an ill or frail relative at home. And, "Inside Yad Sarah" takes you along on an outing for homebound clients, making it possible for them to visit some of Israel's most cherished historical sites. Spring 2018 INSIDE YAD SARAH Newsletter

#BecauseofYadSarah

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A Mitzvah Fair at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, NY enabled us to reach out to members of the community interested in learning more about Yad Sarah. The  synagogue youth group recently returned from a trip to Israel; a visit to Yad Sarah was on the group's itinerary. The teens enjoyed their visit to Yad Sarah and shared their impressions of the organization. Please visit us on Instagram, and post your own impressions using the hashtag #BecauseofYadSarah.

Giving students a unique opportunity to connect with Israel and Yad Sarah

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Eighth grade students at Stamford, CT's Bi-Cultural Day School eagerly a nticipate the month-long trip to Israel as they have for close to 45 years  in the school's history. This year, a stop at Yad Sarah for a full tour of  the Jerusalem headquarters, a turn in the equipment workshop assembling  crutches and a visit to the Play Center for children with Special Needs, a program selected by Max Dayan to benefit from his bar mitzvah gifts. Every  child in the class contributed to Max's project and had the opportunity to  see their tzedakah in action.  Read Full Article in the Jewish Ledger

Tourist Services expands to include training on Accessible Tourism

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The first graduating class of 26 tour guides was recognized at a recent ceremony at Yad Sarah House, helping to insure inclusion for tourists with special needs.  The course, designed to heighten awareness of travelers with special needs, reviewed the options for accessible tourism with practical information and resources.  The course also shared information on how technological advances can support the tourist with mobility issues.  Israel's Minister of Tourism, Amir Halevi, was on hand to congratulate the graduates.  Read more about it in this recent article in the Jerusalem Post:   http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Yad-Sarah-trains-tour-guides-to-lead-people-with-movement-difficulties-545470 Yad Sarah's Tourist Services division provides support to travelers with special needs by offering the same services available to residents:  lending of medical and home care equipment, wheelchair-accessible transportation, guidance on accessible tourist sites and accommodations.  Although there is no charge for borrowing equipment, tourists may opt to pay to have the equipment delivered and picked up from their hotel...
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Compassion is part of treatment

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Yad Sarah Dental Clinics continue to grow, adding treatment hours to reduce waiting times in the Jerusalem clinic, and adding dentists and dental assistants at the new mobile dental clinics in the north and south of the country – a project now in its second year. In addition to hundreds of low-income, elderly people who are treated at the Jerusalem dental clinic, Yad Sarah dentists in the mobile clinics anticipate1,400 treatments to disabled, home-bound people in 2018. A recent article about Yad Sarah's mobile dental clinic in Los Angeles' Jewish Journal, brings attention to the diversity among our staff and volunteers, as well as the homebound patients in need of care.  Read more about it here:   http://jewishjournal.com/cultu re/lifestyle/humans-of-israel/ 230801/compassion-part-treatme nt/

"Inside Yad Sarah" Fall 2017 newsletter is here!

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Changing Lives, Connecting Communities -- this new issue of "Inside Yad Sarah" features a look at the activities at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, the organization's headquarters plus an interview with...
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Tackling the Urban-Rural Health Care Divide: Times of Israel Op-Ed

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There are dramatic differences in health outcomes between those who live in most of central Israel and those on the country's northern and southern periphery.  Addressing this disparity requires several solutions, including Yad Sarah's "Home Hospital" program, recently introduced in Israel's Southern periphery. Through Yad Sarah's "Home Hospital" program, the organization lends out medical equipment from hospital beds and hoists to wheelchairs and oxygen tanks to, whenever possible, enable the elderly, injured and sick to receive care at home -- not in a hospital.  By facilitating timelier discharges of patients, the program promises to reduce pressure on overwhelmed hospitals and ensure that beds are available for those in greatest need.   http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/tackling-the-urban-rural-health-care-divide-a-lesson-from-israels-periphery/  

Facing Israel's Healthcare Crisis: Yad Sarah's role

With hospitals in Israel struggling with overcrowding, and a report from the Ministry of Health indicating that 44% of Israelis are frustrated by long waits and overwhelmed medical staff, Yad Sarah is uniquely positioned to address some of these issues by ensuring that options for home care make it possible for people to receive care at home.   Two foundations -- The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Rosenbojm-Komor Foundation -- have supported projects that promote the availability of home care equipment in Israel's periphery where the challenges facing communities in rural areas is particularly acute.  The foundations are also supporting the expansion of Yad Sarah's dental clinic, reducing wait time for primary and specialist care in the Jerusalem clinic and expanding Yad Sarah's mobile capacity, thereby bringing much needed dental care to the frail elderly at home.  As no relief is in sight from the government, private...
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Gift Annuity Programs: A lesson from my father, the accountant

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My father did not take risks lightly. Born in Poland and raised in Israel, he was reluctant to leave his comfortable (if unglamorous) job with the Israeli electric company for something bigger—and ris...
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Inside Yad Sarah -- Spring 2017 issue!

Inside Yad Sarah -- Spring 2017 issue!
The Spring 2017 issue of "Inside Yad Sarah" is finally here!  In this issue, we're celebrating Yad Sarah's 40th anniversary -- a great story about a tiny lending service has grown into Israel's largest volunteer staffed organization.  We're also profiling Dr. Shlomit Lehman, the director of Yad Sarah's Family Center, and her important work with individuals and families dealing with domestic violence.  This issue will also tell you more about Yad Sarah home-based services, such as Hospital-to-Home and the mobile dental clinic, reaching out to the impoverished homebound elderly with state of the art dental care.  You can also read more about Yad Sarah's unique Tourist Services, making it possible or easier for people with special needs to travel to Israel.  Enjoy -- and let us know what you think at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Yad_Sarah_Newsletter2017_FINAL.pdf

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