A JDC-Eshel veteran of nearly 19 years, Maggie Gad began as a manager, developing community programs such as day care centers, retirement associations, and volunteering. She currently focuses her efforts on responding to the needs of Israel's Holocaust survivors. Over the last decade she has been instrumental in developing programs that address their specific social, psychological, and emotional issues.
Highlight programs include Witness Theater, which brings survivors and high-school students together to tell the survivor's stories and share them with the public, and Café Europa, which offer survivors a social environment conducive to their backgrounds and their current needs. More recently Maggie has helped develop JDC-Eshel's phototherapy program for holocaust survivors, which offers participants the opportunity express themselves creatively and display their work.
Outside of her involvements at the Joint, Maggie is also involved in national initiatives for Holocaust Survivors. She also travels to Europe and the United States to speak at conferences and consult on program development for Holocaust Survivors. Prior to working for JDC-Eshel Maggie served as the director of a local day center for the elderly. She received her B.A. in Social Work from Haifa University and her M.A. in Education and Management from the Center for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda.