Richard S. Hirschhaut, National Executive Director

Rick Hirschhaut became National Executive Director of American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center (AFORAM) in February 2017.

Rick is the principal spokesperson and public face of AFORAM in the United States.  Under his leadership, AFORAM builds greater awareness and recognition of the unique contributions of Rambam Health Care Campus, including furthering scientific and medical innovation, enhancing Israel’s security preparedness, and modeling peaceful coexistence.

As AFORAM’s chief executive, Rick provides strategic vision to the prominent philanthropists who comprise AFORAM’s Board of Directors and leads a team of talented development professionals in expanding AFORAM’s base of support across the United States.

Rick brings to this position more than 30 years of Jewish communal and humanitarian leadership, having served in senior professional roles with the Anti-Defamation League, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Rick comes to AFORAM after serving since 2014 as JDC’s Senior Director of External Relations. In this role, he developed strategic funding partnerships with major foundations and philanthropists across the United States.

Prior to joining JDC, Rick spent a decade as Founding Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Under Rick’s leadership, the new museum hosted over half a million visitors, including heads of state and other dignitaries, and spearheaded a myriad of public programs. In November 2013, Rick received an Emmy Award as co-executive producer of the nationally-broadcast documentary, Skokie: Invaded but Not Conquered. In 2014, he was honored with the museum’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award.

In 21-years of service to the Anti-Defamation League, including 10 years as Midwest Director, Rick built bridges between the Jewish and African-American communities and worked closely with law enforcement on issues of anti-Semitism and extremism. His achievements were recognized with the FBI’s Community Leadership Award and the City of Chicago’s Human Relations Award.

In 2013, Rick served as an International Consultant to Aegis Trust, a UK-based NGO dedicated to the prevention of crimes against humanity. As Director of International Outreach for Kwibuka20, he focused on building support for the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Rick earned a B.A. in International Relations and Judaic Studies from Tulane University and also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in New York with his wife Susan and their two children.

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