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Amb. Alfred H. Moses - International Council Chair


Ambassador Alfred H. Moses Accepts the Position of Chairman of the International Council of Beit Hatfutsot

Ambassador Alfred H. Moses has honored Beit Hatfutsot by agreeing to serve as the first Chairman of the newly established International Council. Ambassador Moses has had a distinguished career in public service and Jewish communal activism. He has been engaged in the active practice of law since 1956, when he joined the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where he became a partner and serves today as senior counsel. In addition to his legal work, Moses is currently Chief Operating Officer, senior partner and co-founder of Promontory Financial Group.  With 14 offices in major financial and commercial centers around the world, Promontory advises financial companies worldwide. He served as special advisor and special counsel to the President of the United States in the Carter White House. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Moses as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania. He is the only American ever to have received the Marc Cruces Medal, the highest award given by the Government of Romania. Following his ambassadorial service, President Clinton appointed Moses to serve as his special presidential envoy for the Cyprus conflict. In 2000, Secretary Albright, lauding his Cyprus role, wrote, "The process you set in motion clearly represents the best hopes for a comprehensive settlement…"

Moses served as National President of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) from 1990 to 1994. He currently serves as the chairman of UN Watch, in Geneva, Switzerland; as chairman of the Project on Ethnic Relations, in Princeton, New Jersey; and also chairs AJC's National Advisory Council. He has served as chairman of the Golda Meir Association and trustee of the Jewish Publication Society. He is a former member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University and former trustee of Phelps Stokes Fund and Haifa University.

Moses has written and lectured extensively on European and Middle East issues with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, the SAIS Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Jerusalem Post, and the Jerusalem Review. His published legal writings have appeared in the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal, Proceedings of the Tulane Tax Institute, and other legal journals. He has also lectured on legal matters at several prestigious universities.

He was married to the late Carol Whitehill, until her death in 2004. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. In August 2005, Ambassador Moses married Fern Schad of New York City.

We are proud to welcome Ambassador Moses as chairman of the newly established International Council of Beit Hatfutsot.

For a copy of a paper written by Ambassador Moses, A Look at American Jewry - Past, Present and Future, please click here.