The Massachusetts State House reverberated with excitement on October 6, as Governor Deval L. Patrick was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa.
The event, chaired by Geoffrey Lewis, a member of the ASUH Board of Directors, brought together Boston area leaders in government, business and philanthropy as well as ASUH leaders from across the United States. Participating in the ceremony were Barry Shrage, President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and former recipient of an honorary Ph.D. from the University, Myra Kraft, well-known philanthropist and also former recipient of an honorary Ph.D. from the University, Leon Charney, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa and Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, President of the University.
Charney and Ben Ze’ev conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa in recognition of Governor Patrick’s “brave leadership and contribution to social equality, to the protection of civil rights, to freedom of religion and religious practice, and to the advancement of mutual understanding; with profound appreciation for his commitment, determination, and devotion to values; for his achievements in advancing social welfare; and for his friendship with the Jewish people, Israel, and the University of Haifa”. In his remarks Governor Patrick praised the University for its focus on community service and fostering mutual respect between Jews and Arabs in the time-honored quest for knowledge.