About Rick Gold


I am a Jewish-American US Foreign Service Officer living in Cairo, Egypt.  During my 25 years working for the U.S. Agency for International Development.  I have served in the Philippines, Mali and Senegal, and Washington, DC, as well as in Morocco.  Currently, I oversee democracy and good governance activities for the USAID Mission to Egypt.  From 1984-85, I oversaw famine relief efforts in Ethiopia and Sudan from my base in Washington, DC.  During this time, I made contact with Beta Israel preparing for the Operation Moses airlift.  In Morocco, I worked closely with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in distributing US Government food assistance to Jewish schools, hospitals, and homes for the elderly.  I am married to a Moroccan woman and have two children who are proud of their Moroccan, American and Jewish heritages.

     My wedding in Rabat, Morocco

My Background                                         Jewish Activism


In 1980, I helped found the national organization, New Jewish Agenda, which brought together progressive  Jews.  From 1980-1991, I was active in the Washington DC chapter. The chapter supported protests against US intervention in El Salvador, the joint visit  of a rabbi and a black minister from South Africa who were ardent opponents of apartheid, a visit of Jewish leaders to Nicaragua to disprove Reagan Administration charges of Sandinista anti-Semitism and a Jewish Community teach-in against the Gulf War.  Since 1996, as a member of the Jewish organization Kulanu, I have helped publicize the efforts of Muslims in Timbuktu, Mali to rediscover their Jewish ancestry.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, I grew up in the nearby Jewish "ghetto" of Pikesville.  My mother taught kindergarten at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, a reform synagogue where I attended religious school until confirmation.  After graduating from high school in 1973, I attended Brandeis University. In addition to my biology major, I studied the relation of different religious traditions to environmental conservation.  At the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, I gained a masters degree focusing on economic and social development. After fourteen years in the workworld, I returned to school to get a Masters of Public Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where I studied the relationship between political and economic liberalization.  My home congregation is Machar, the Washington  Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism.


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