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Adele Goldberg

Friends of Yad Sarah

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Adele Goldberg is the executive director of Yad Sarah, the largest volunteer-led social services organization in Israel. Yad Sarah saves the Israeli government and healthcare system an estimated $300 million per year, and aids 400,000+ Israelis a year—young, old, Jewish, Christian, Arab, Druze, men, women, religious and secular. Its programs and services are dynamic and multi-faceted, from providing elder care, home health, and medical equipment loans, to advocating for disability rights, cultivating volunteerism, and advancing community building.

As Executive Director of Friends of Yad Sarah since 2003, Adele has raised more than $35 million to support Yad Sarah’s critical services. Every day, she goes to work proud to serve and present the mission of Yad Sarah to its friends in the USA, and to the international community at the UN.

A graduate from the University at Albany, cum laude, and Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Adele began her career in health care and social work. Just prior to joining Friends of Yad Sarah, Adele worked at the Brookdale Center of Aging of Hunter College, where she worked on the development of a model for social adult day care for memory-impaired older adults, improving countless lives.

As part of her work for Yad Sarah, Adele travels around the country speaking to diverse individuals and groups about the healthcare and social services landscape in Israel, how Yad Sarah supports the efforts of individuals and families caring for someone at home who is ill or frail, her own experiences as a Jewish communal professional, and how we can work together to support the people of Israel. She would be available to speak to audiences that contact your bureau either as part of those trips or separately.

Adele has been published in outlets such as The Washington Jewish Week, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, Women Who Give, and more. She has also co-authored a manual on developing and managing an adult day care program, disseminated nationally with foundation support. She is a member of Women in Development, New York and the American Jewish Press Association. Her leadership and accomplishments make her a role model for Jewish audiences across America.

Sample lecture topics:

Healthcare and social services in Israel

Israel humanitarian advocacy

Professionalism in Jewish communal work

Sample articles:


Israel's Yad Sarah Has Prescription for U.S. Health Care System

Sample of moderating:



Target audience:

Older teens and up; men and women

Speaking fee:

Up to $500

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