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Friends of Yad Sarah Blog

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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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.'"

#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 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

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/

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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Op-Ed: Yad Sarah has a prescription for US health care system

Op-Ed:  Yad Sarah has a prescription for US health care system

The United States might be able to learn from Yad Sarah's unique model for home health care delivery.   Yad Sarah works to give people in Israel access to medical resources in a way that ultimately reduces stress on the national medical system while increasing the quality of care received.  After establishing the Lending Service, Yad Sarah's largest and most basic service initiative, the organization followed with a home hospitalization program, enabling people to accept a timely hospital discharge and return home to the care of family or friends.  Not only does the home hospitalization program help make patients more comfortable in their own surroundings, it also addresses the chronic overcrowding of Israeli hospitals and saves the Israeli economy nearly $400 million per annum. To read the full Op-Ed from the Jewish Journal, use this link:  http://jewishjournal.com/opinion/216234/israels-yad-sarah-prescription-u-s-health-care-system/

With Yad Sarah, every day can be Independence Day

With Yad Sarah, every day can be Independence Day

Yad Sarah's Lending Service is the organization's largest service, making health and home care equipment available at 100+ branches all over Israel.  With more than 150 different kinds of home care equipment available, Yad Sarah makes it possible for people with special needs to remain as independent as possible, inside and outside the home.   Since durable medical and home care equipment is not a benefit provided by Israeli health insurance, Yad Sarah loans equipment to anyone in need, enabling people to cope with illness and injury at home and in the community among family, friends, and everyday surroundings.  The provision of medical equipment facilitates a timely hospital discharge, significantly reducing health care costs as well as exposure to institution-based infections.  The Exhibition and Guidance Center, located in Jerusalem, Beersheva, Modiin, Haifa, Raanana, Rishon LeZion permit people and their family caregivers to review mobility and home care equipment options and receive...

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Volunteers help families of the fallen mark Yom HaZikaron

Volunteers help families of the fallen mark Yom HaZikaron

On Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, Yad Sarah volunteers gathered at Har Herzl Military Cemetery to help family members of fallen soldiers visit the graves of their loved ones, and Yad Sarah wheelchair-accessible vans brought people to and from the cemetery.  #BecauseofYadSarah all Israelis could honor this special day.

Beersheva area clients need accessible transportation

Beersheva area clients need accessible transportation

A gift of $28,000 is needed to complete the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van for Yad Sarah in Beersheva.   This large branch, the flagship branch for Israel's south, serves Beersheva and the surrounding communities with equipment loans and repair, homebound outreach, an Exhibition Center, Yad Riva Legal Services for the elderly, and Day Rehabilitation. The van is needed to enable the Day Rehab program to accommodate additional clients in the program.   Rotary of Beersheva has committed 100,000 NIS to the project and has secured a match of 100,000 NIS from Rotary International.  An additional gift of $28,000 is needed to help purchase the van.  The donor will share the dedication with the Rotary group, and names will be listed on the doors of the van in English and Hebrew.  Interested in this unique tribute?  Contact us:  1-866-YAD-SARAH or via email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

We all want to be remembered on holidays.

We all want to be remembered on holidays.

Every year, Friends of Yad Sarah raises money to send Purim baskets to the isolated and homebound in Israel, hand-delivered by volunteers.  For many recipients, it is their only moment of Purim celebration and truly lights up their lives.  They feel remembered, cherished and included.   This year, generous friends in the USA spread joy to the homebound and isolated in the Beersheva area by sponsoring over 150 Purim baskets.    Purim is a time of charity, miracles and Jewish unity. What better way to be a part of these ideas than giving Mishloach Manot to Israel’s lonely and vulnerable?

Helmsley Grant to Yad Sarah will expand Home Hospital Program and Mobile Dental Clinics in Israel's Periphery

Helmsley Grant to Yad Sarah will expand Home Hospital Program and Mobile Dental Clinics in Israel's Periphery

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced two grants totaling $1.5 million to Yad Sarah for two projects that will expand access to healthcare for residents of Israel’s periphery. The first grant for $750,000 will support the expansion of Yad Sarah’s Home Hospital program in Israel’s southern periphery. The second grant, also for $750,000, will support the expansion of Yad Sarah’s mobile dental clinics to homebound elderly and disabled people in Israel’s northern and southern peripheries who cannot access affordable dental care. Yad Sarah has pledged to raise a matching sum to assure unsurpassed service to the residents of the periphery. Yad Sarah’s Home Hospital program provides equipment and services for patients at home. Started as a pilot program in 2014, the Home Hospital program has distributed thousands of electric beds, patient hoists, and other related equipment to patients seeking home-based recuperation and rehabilitation. With the Helmsley Charitable...

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Yad Sarah's Family Center expands domestic violence treatment services to Israel's southern region

Yad Sarah's Family Center expands domestic violence treatment services to Israel's southern region

Yad Sarah announced the opening of a Family Center in the western Negev to treat victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. It is the second location for the program, which has been widely recognized for its success in addressing the complexities and sensitivities of domestic violence. “We work very closely with community leadership to address this issue in all of its complexities,” said Dr. Shlomit Lehman, who directs the Center. “There is a huge need for these services, which is why we were asked to open another center to serve people in the south, many of whom also suffer from the trauma and disruptions of the ongoing Gaza conflict.” The organization’s Family Center in Jerusalem, which operates out of the Yad Sarah House, has been successful in empowering women, men and children to cope with abuse and heal from the trauma and pain of domestic abuse. The new location will open...

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Netanya branch plans for expansion

Netanya branch plans for expansion

A plan is in place to expand the Netanya branch, bringing additional Yad Sarah services to the Netanya community and enabling expansion of existing programs.   Located in a residential neighborhood, the branch will be building up, adding a third floor and planning for a possible fourth floor in the future.   For the Day Rehabilitation Program, the renovation will enable the program to increase the number of participants and involve more volunteers, broaden the range of therapeutic activities, and enable life-enriching social contact.  We plan to increase the capacity of the Lending Service, insuring that volunteers have the resources they need to assist others and provide more space for Yad Sarah's Exhibition Center, helping people understand the options for adaptive equipment and providing guidance on community resources.   The renovation will also add a second elevator to facilitate access for people with special needs.  Office space will be designated for...

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Unleash the Power of Play: Help Yad Sarah care for Israel’s children with special needs

Unleash the Power of Play: Help Yad Sarah care for Israel’s children with special needs

Yad Sarah is raising funds to complete a state-of-the art upgrade to our Play Center – a safe space for carefree play for hundreds of Israel's children with special needs. We have already secured more than half of the funds necessary to realize our vision for the Play Center. We just need to raise $15,000 more. A generous donor is willing to match every donation we receive for this project between now and #GivingTuesday, November 29th. This #GivingTuesday, unleash the power of play. Give Israel's children with special needs a place where they can thrive. Donate Now!  

November 29th is Giving Tuesday

November 29th is Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the USA) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

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