Moe Handel was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 10, 1942, and moved to Newton when he was 6.  Moe and his wife, Elizabeth moved to Needham in 1987, where Elizabeth established a solo medical practice in internal medicine. Their three children are graduates of Needham High School.

Moe and Elizabeth Handel live in the oldest house in Needham Heights, the Jonathan Kingsbury House (1779), at the corner of Rosemary and Webster Streets. In 2014, after consulting with the Needham Historical Commission, they found a way to install 22 solar panels in a way that respected the historical integrity of the house.  In 2016, they restored the front entrance on Webster Street to its original appearance, removing alterations that had been made in the 1940s.



Moe has enjoyed a successful career that has included city planning, hospital administration and planning, public health planning, and hospice care consulting.  He is a former Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was a Charter Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Moe established an independent consulting practice in Needham in 1994, specializing in medical staff/hospital issue resolution, and community relations and planning.

Local Government

Moe Handel is currently Chair of the Needham Select Board. He has served on the Town’s Planning Board, is a long-serving member of Town Meeting, and serves on various appointed town committees.  More here.

  • Past President and current Board member of the Needham History Center & Museum. As President, Moe proposed and guided the development of the Mills House/Schoolhouse headquarters on Central Avenue.
  • Past President and long-time member of the Needham Exchange Club.
  • Founding Board Member of the Great Hall Concert Series; and of its predecessor, the Citizens for the Preservation of Town Hall, which successfully advocated for the creation of the Great Hall as a public space.
  • Currently serves as a member of the North Hill Board of Trustees.
  • Pennsylvania Military College, A.B in Political Science and Distinguished Military Graduate, 1964
  • Cornell University, College of Arts, Architecture and Planning, Master of Regional Planning, 1969
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health, Master of Public Health, 1974
Veteran Status

Moe was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army, and served in Germany as an officer in Military Intelligence during the Cold War.