Larry Moses Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) awarded the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award to Larry Moses, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus of the The Wexner Foundation, in recognition of his devotion to the Jewish people and their survival. The presentation was made on June 3 at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremonies on the Cincinnati campus.

Rabbi Ellenson stated, “We are honored to recognized Larry Moses, whose life bespeaks the ideals of our faith.  His dedication to the advancement of cultural and societal values, imbued with Jewish learning, has made him a compelling voice as the former Executive Director of Jewish Education in San Francisco, as the former International Director of Hillel, and as the Senior Philanthropic Advisor and former President of The Wexner Foundation.”    

In his 25th year of service to The Wexner Foundation, and after thirteen years as its President, Larry Moses now serves as the Foundation’s Senior Philanthropic Advisor. Previously, he was the Founding Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, and later a Foundation Vice President.  As Leslie and Abigail Wexner's senior advisor, he plays a central role in organizing the family’s philanthropic activities, and he works closely with Jewish philanthropists and public leaders in Central Ohio, throughout North America, and across the globe.

Prior to joining the professional staff of The Wexner Foundation, Mr. Moses served as the International Director of Hillel (1984-1987) and previously as Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco. Mr. Moses' Jewish scholarly interests focus upon the arena of Holocaust studies.  His mother was a survivor of the concentration camp Auschwitz. Mr. Moses received a B.A. in philosophy from Indiana University, an M.A. in modern Jewish history from the Baltimore Hebrew University, and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Baltimore Hebrew University.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu