Rudolf and Bernice Moos Fellowship

The Rudolf and Bernice Moos Fellowship for Understanding Multiple Identities was established at Hillel at Stanford with generous funding from Rudolf and Bernice Moos.

The Moos Fellowship recipient receives $2,500 in funding to conduct research about Jews from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and develop a project to increase the visibility and understanding of Jewish diversity at Stanford and in the broader community. The Moos Fellow will determine the most effective way to activate student exploration and learning on issues related to multiple identities with the fellowship funding.

Bernice and Rudolf wanted to support and strengthen the engaged and cohesive Jewish community at Stanford. We hope this fellowship will encourage Jewish community and values among students who may be aware of a nascent but unformed Jewish identity and are searching for a warm and close-knit Jewish “spiritual home”.


Rudolf and Bernice Moos

Through their children, Rudolf and Bernice are part of a multi-religious and multi-ethnic family, including Buddhist, Christian, African-American, and Asian Indian members. This prompted the couple to work with Hillel to design the fellowship program to provide opportunities for students from different religious and cultural heritages to engage in academically related activities to strengthen their Jewish connections and contribute to in-depth understanding of Jewish diversity at Stanford and in the broader community.

Rudolf’s grandfather (also Rudolf Moos) was a well-known businessman in Germany. He left memoirs in German that Professor Moos has translated into English and published as “Journey of Hope and Despair.” This compelling memoir describes the life of Rudolf Moos, an enlightened Jew in the liberal Germany of the late 1800s through the Nazi oppression of the 1930s. Volume I focuses on his coming of age, success in developing Salamander, the largest shoe business in Germany; and deepening despair during the ravages of World War I and the ensuing post-war chaos. Volume II considers his growing awareness of the Nazi threat in the 1930s, his relationship and friendship with Albert Einstein, his larger extended family social network, and his eventual escape to a new life in England.

Rudolf is an immigrant to the US from Germany. He writes, “Many of my family members were forced to emigrate from Germany to countries spread all over the world (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, and the US), and many other family members were imprisoned and murdered solely because they were Jewish and because the German Jewish community was largely left to fend for itself. I like to think that another situation like this could be avoided by a better understanding of Jewish beliefs and culture and by strengthening Jewish connections, especially in the ever-growing group of individuals who have inter-faith and inter-ethnic roots.”

Rudolf has been connected to Stanford University since 1962. He is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Psychology. Dr. Moos' research focuses primarily on patients with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders.

Bernice earned a B.S. in Math and Chemistry and worked for 40 years in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as a Program Analyst and Statistician.

Hillel is grateful to Rudolf, Bernice and the entire Moos family for the generous gift to fund the Moos Fellowship; a program that will benefit students and the larger community for years to come.

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