Robert Silverman has been named U.S. Director of Muslim-Jewish Relations by the AJC, a new position for the global advocacy group. A February 10 statement from the AJC stated:
“Bob Silverman has a unique background to help lead AJC in this transformational, essential endeavor,” said AJC Chief Executive Officer David Harris. “He has the professional experience and wisdom, and, importantly, shares the AJC commitment to turn the vision of engagement with Muslims across the United States into a fruitful reality.”
Silverman will join AJC’s Department of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, led by Rabbi Noam Marans.
“I am delighted to come to AJC, the global pioneer in interreligious and intergroup relations,” said Silverman. “Positive, smart engagement with Muslims is imperative for the Jewish community, indeed for the vibrant, pluralistic democracy that is the United States.”
Silverman comes to AJC after a distinguished career spanning more than a quarter of a century at the U.S. Department of State. A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Silverman is concluding his tenure as Director of Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
Fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish, Silverman served, among other posts, as political counselor in Tel Aviv, economic counselor in Riyadh and Baku, deputy economic counselor in Ankara, political officer in Cairo and Jerusalem, as well as Provincial Reconstruction Team leader in Tikrit, Iraq. In Washington, he has served as Director of the Iraq Reconstruction and Economic Affairs Office, and Kuwait desk officer.
“I look forward to building upon AJC’s significant achievements in Muslim-Jewish relations, with the hope of greatly expanding our reach and impact,” said Silverman.