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Wheel It Forward – A New Kind of Library Launches in Greenwich and Greater Fairfield County

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"Mom would be so happy to know that someone else can use this stuff," words of gratitude Elliot Sloyer, the founder and CEO of Wheel It Forward, is still not quite used to hearing. After a recent trip...
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Inside Yad Sarah - Fall 2020 Newsletter Is Here

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"Because of Yad Sarah" is the theme of INSIDE Yad Sarah Fall 2020.In this issue of INSIDE Yad Sarah, we bring you to the frontlines of our response to the pandemic as we continue to provide essential ...
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Enabling a Bible Scholar to Visit Israel

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At 40 years old, a brilliant Bible scholar and professor was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Despite his diagnosis, the man continued to teach at a prestigious university and work with generations...
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Yad Sarah Helps: Advocating for the Elderly in Israel

yad-sarah-help-elderly Yad Riva provides older people with the legal assistance they need.
Recently, a Russian-speaking woman urgently needed help and called Yad Riva, Yad Sarah's pro bono legal services for the elderly. She explained that her landlord was demanding payments for eight years...
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Yad Sarah's Pandemic Work

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The Coronavirus pandemic has forced Yad Sarah to reinvent the ways in which it delivers critical and dignified services to individuals in need. The pandemic has prevented many of our clients from bein...
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Inside Yad Sarah - Spring 2020 Newsletter Is Here

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 "Our Family" is the theme of INSIDE Yad Sarah Spring 2020. Yad Sarah offers a wide variety of services and programs but is also more than the sum of its parts: We are a family. In this...
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To live and walk in Jerusalem

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Rabbi and Mrs. H. moved to Israel 23 years ago, retiring from their careers as a Rabbi and Jewish community professional, respectively. They moved to the Talbieh neighborhood and took a year to be tou...
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Branching Out in Ramat Gan: Reuven Shechter

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A series highlighting Yad Sarah's branch managers. At my core, I am a survivor. I was just 4 years old in Transnistria, the "Romanian Auschwitz." Most of my family was murdered, but I got to start lif...
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Inside Yad Sarah - Fall 2019 Newsletter Is Here!

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"United in Caring" is the theme of INSIDE Yad Sarah Fall 2019.  The staff and volunteers of Yad Sarah who are profiled in this issue are merely a sample of all the selfless heroes at Ya...
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Keeping Promises

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One day, a Yad Sarah Ashdod volunteer named Ida got a phone call about a mother and son in need of assistance. She headed over the apartment to assess the situation. What she found was a nearly paraly...
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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 irritab...
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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

michal_and_ephraim_pri-har-1 Branch managers like Ephraim and Michal Pri-Har help elderly couples in Israel receive help from Yad Sarah.
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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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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"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 people.While Yad Sarah touches...
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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.
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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.'"
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"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
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#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.
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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 anticipate 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, aprogram 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
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