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.