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4-stars for 8 years

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This November, Friends of Yad Sarah was rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for the 8th consecutive year! We are proud to have such high standards of excellence as we continue to serve the people of Israel. A 4-star rating is the highest possible rating and indicates that we exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in our area of work. This is a coveted distinction that only 5% of the charities that Charity Navigator evaluates have received for at least 8 consecutive years. We are honored to once again receive this high rating and hope it provides our donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in their charitable decisions.   Yad Sarah’s impact is wide-ranging, from providing basic and vital health supplies to those living in the periphery to helping elderly and disabled people access medical care. Year after year, Friends of Yad Sarah has proven that...
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A Day at Yad Sarah with Israeli Volunteers

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A conversation with Yad Sarah volunteers in Israel: Leah Palmer (Yeruham branch manager), Elliot Nemetski (Equipment repair volunteer), and Zvi Swerdlove (Netanya Lending Center volunteer). Moderated ...
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Creating a More Accessible New Year

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A conversation with Shani Rosenfeld (Director of the Yad Sarah Exhibition & Guidance Center), Elliot Sloyer (Cofounder of Wheel it Forward), and Ellen Abberbock (Attorney for the Nassau ...
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Charitable Gift Annuities: Predictable Income When You Need It Most

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With planned giving expert Neal Myerberg (Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors)and Adele Goldberg (Executive Director, Friends of Yad Sarah).
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Snapshots of Society: On-the-Ground Observations of Israel’s Coronavirus Experience

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A conversation with Jonathan Ferziger (award-winning journalist), MichaelBenson (Yad Sarah Beer Sheba branch manager), and Rebecca Palmer (Yad SarahBeit Shemesh branch manager). Moderated by Peri Rose...
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Pandemic Philanthropy: The State of Giving to the Jewish State

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Friends of Yad Sarah hosted this in-depth, round table discussion about Israel philanthropy in unprecedented times, with expert panelists Stanley Weinstein (Chair of the Israel and Overseas Commi...
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When Staying Home is Not Staying Safe: The Effects of Quarantine on Victims of Domestic Violence

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In response the the rise in domestic violence during the pandemic, Friends of Yad Sarah hosted a live webinar about the effects of the quarantine on victims of domestic violence. T...
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Important Tax and Charitable Planning Updates: CARES Act and SECURE Act – 2020

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CARES ACT of 2020: Special Opportunities for Charitable Planning in 2020  For those who use the standard deduction, an above-the-line reduction of income for gifts to charity up to $300...
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Hope for Israel During Coronavirus

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​"My wife's parents, who live in Petah Tikvah, were recently in close contact with someone who testing positive for coronavirus. They are already both exhibiting early symptoms of it and are in need o...
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Yad Sarah establishes Coronavirus Hotline and Emergency equipment program

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Avi M. reached out to Yad Sarah to help his ailing mother and father-in-law in Petah Tikvah. He said they were exhibiting early symptoms of coronavirus and were desperate for an oxygen concentrator to...
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Yad Sarah Adds New Branches

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Yad Sarah is opening a new branch in Acre, a port city in northwest Israel, to serve the areas between Nahariya and Krayot, a cluster of four small cities on the outskirts of Haifa. Acre recently expe...
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Yad Sarah Play Center Open to All

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Rabbi Shimon, a highly motivated and brilliant Yeshiva rebbi, brings his students from Jerusalem's oldest, most religious and most insular neighborhood, Meah Shearim, to the Yad Sarah Play Center to h...
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The Story of a Lifetime

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Fadily recalls watching her father, an alternative medicine practitioner, treat crying children's sore throats and stomachaches with gentle massages and herbal remedies. Her parents had emigrated from...
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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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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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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 help, Rachel said, "my...
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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 or...
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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/culture/lifestyle/humans-of-israel/230801/compassion-part-treatment/
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"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/  
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