Highest Honor bestowed on Ambassador Alfred Moses
Highest Honor bestowed on Ambassador Alfred Moses, Chair of Beit Hatfutsot's International Council
The Board of Directors and Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot congratulate Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, Chair of the International Council of Beit Hatfutsot, upon being bestowed with Georgetown University's highest honor. On January 15, 2013, Ambassador Moses received an honorary doctorate for his work as a diplomat, public servant and attorney. His dedication to world Jewry and his role at Beit Hatfutsot, as well as other public entities such as UN Watch and the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, were highlighted during the ceremony and in the material published by Georgetown University.
A long-time partner and senior counsel at Covington & Burling, LLP, a leading global law firm, Ambassador Moses co-founded Promontory Financial Group, LLC, a premier global consulting firm, and serves as its Chief Strategic Officer.
His success in the private sector is matched by his accomplishments in the public sector. Ambassador Moses served as senior White House official in both the Carter and Clinton administrations: as Special advisor and counsel to President Jimmy Carter, as Special Presidential Emissary for the Cyprus Conflict from 1999-2001 and as U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 1994-1997.
After witnessing the persecution of Romanian Jews during his first visit to Romania in 1976, he worked tirelessly for 13 years, in different capacities, to gain freedom for Romanian Jews to immigrate to Israel.
His commitment to justice and his exceptional skill as a political advocate and diplomat are widely acknowledged and respected. “It is for this caliber of service – for the integrity with which he has conducted his life and career – and for contributions to our country and our global family that we honor Alfred H. Moses this evening,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “It is for his work and his accomplishments and the model he offers to us, that we present him with our university’s highest honor.”
It was noted during the Georgetown ceremony that Ambassador Moses, “has the singular ability to captivate his audience, to share his energy and passion, and to communicate the nuances of complex issues." Judaism has the ability, he wrote in The New York Times "to uplift the lot of mankind...to preserve...a sense of connectedness with a people" and help "deal with the disparate and often confusing aspects of modern life."
His vision of Judaism and the role of Beit Hatfutsot in Jewish life were clearly articulated at Beit Hatfutsot’s Gala where he received the Yakir Beit Hatfutsot Award. On that occasion he emphasized the centrality of the Jewish people. In his words, “We need to celebrate 3,000 years of Jewish history, not just survival, but also the glories and accomplishments embedded in Jewish existence and the unifying thread of purpose that brings meaning to our lives as Jews. Jewish peoplehood encompasses all the pillars of Jewish life across the religious spectrum, and beyond, to those for whom religion is not central to their Jewish being. The new Beit Hatfutsot will be the Center for the Jewish People to which all Jews can relate and celebrate what being Jewish means for them.”
CLICK HERE to read Ambassador Alfred H. Moses' article A Look at American Jewry - Past, Present and Future, as it appeared in Up, Close and Personal - a publication of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot (page 49)