Portrait of Moshe Baram
Date of Birth: 17/03/1911
Date of Death: 05/12/1986
Year of Aliyah: 1931
Place of Birth: Russia Completed Trade School in Kovno
Moshe Baram was born in Tsarist Russia in 1911, attending school in Kovno (now Kaunas in Lithuania). In his youth, he joined the "HeHalutz" Movement and "Freiheit-Dror", which was affiliated with the Poalei Zion party.
In 1930 he made aliyah and arrived in Mandate Palestine. After arriving in the country, he worked in the construction industry and joined the Hagana. In 1934 began working for the Jewish Agency. In 1938 he became a member of the Secretariat of the Jerusalem Branch of Mapai, and in 1943 was made the Secretary. In 1948 Baram was elected Secretary of the Jerusalem Workers Council, and served as a Member of the Jerusalem City Council from 1955 until 1959.
In 1959 he was elected to the Knesset on Mapai's list. In 1965 Mapai became part of the Alignment, with Baram remaining a Knesset Member until 1977. In 1974, towards the end of his political career, Baram was made Minister of Labor, also taking over the Welfare Ministry portfolio shortly before the 1977 elections. The elections saw the Alignment's parliamentary representation halved, and Baram lost his seat. However, his son, Uzi Baram did win a seat on the Alignment's list, and went on to become Minister of Tourism and Minister of Internal Affairs before retiring in 2001.
He published a book, Lo BeTelem (Not in a Furrow) in 1981, and died in 1986.
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