Alan B. Slifka honored for his generosity and dedication to coexistence at Commencement 2003
On Sunday, May 18, 2003, Alan B. Slifka received an honorary degree from President Reinharz during the commencement ceremony. The following is an excerpt from Sunday's event:
A Successful Wall Street investor, articulate advocate of coexistence, generous humanitarian. Your successes as a partner at L.F. Rothschild & Co. and then as principal of Alan B. Slifka and Company made possible your creative philanthropy and gave voice to your reasoned support of education as a means to bridge the gulfs that divide the human family. In 1989, you established The Abraham Fund, which has supported hundreds of grassroots projects in Israel that promote trust, mutual understanding and respect between Arabs and Jews. At Brandeis University, your generosity created the Slifka Scholarships that bring Israeli Arabs and Jews to campus, as well as the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, which will offer the first ever master’s degree in coexistence. Recognized for your innovation and creativity, you were a founding member of the Big Apple Circus, a marvelous performing arts venture as well as a successful social service institution that you have described as a metaphor for peace. For your dedication in healing the divide between peoples and for a life that speaks to the power and spirit of cooperation and coexistence, Brandeis is proud to bestow upon you its highest honor.