Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Meet The Hasidic Jew Who Is Key To China-U.S. Trade

Reb Moyshe (Mitchell) Silk is not only the first Hasidic Jew to hold a US Administration senior slot, but is key to ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China, a new profile in Mishpacha reports.

Silk, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is an expert in Chinese law and finance. Before assuming his current role, he served as a senior partner at international law firm Allen & Overy, spending a decade in their Hong Kong office.

In October, Silk was sworn in on his ancient Tikkun Korim; it originally belonged to Rebbe Mordechai of Nadvorna, and came from the ancestral town of Silk’s grandfather, Mishpacha reported.

In his work overseeing the Treasury’s Office of Investment, Energy, and Infrastructure, Silk is responsible for creating and implementing international investment policy for America. Additionally, he designs international programs for the export of U.S. infrastructure and energy.

Under President Trump, the United States has sought to to address the U.S. trade deficit with China, broaden market access for American firms in China, and protect intellectual property.

“Addressing these issues will ensure a fair and reciprocal trade relationship, benefit the global economy, create more jobs for US workers, provide greater access to US investors to capitalize on opportunities in the China market, and protect US innovation and creativity,” Silk told Mishpacha.

Juliana Kaplan is a news intern at The Forward. Email her at [email protected]

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.