The Rabbi Moshe Rosen Prize was established in 2016 by the CER Foundation.
Chief Rabbi Moshe Rosen, in whose memory the prize is dedicated, (Moses Rosen) (23 July 1912 – 6 May 1994) was Chief Rabbi of Romanian Jewry between 1948–1994 and president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania between 1964–1994.
He led the community through the entire Communist era in Romania and continued in that role after the restoration of democracy following the Romanian Revolution of 1989. In 1957, he became a deputy in the Romanian parliament (the Great National Assembly), a position he held through the communist regime, and after 1989, in the democratic parliament.
In the 1980s, the Romanian authorities allowed him to receive Israeli nationality and he was elected president of the Council of the Jewish Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv.
The activity of Rabbi Rosen in those years, with the silent approval of the regime, from encouraging the emigration to Israel, to the study of the Hebrew language and Jewish traditions and values, to managing the social work network for the Jewish population, won esteem among the Jewish leaders in the world, who praised him for his leadership and diplomatic abilities.
The Rabbi Moshe Rosen Prize honours his outstanding example of civic involvement for a tolerant Europe and unceasing solidarity with the Jewish community.
The Rabbi Moshe Prize was designed by the international artist Alexander Aizenshtat (Moscow/Jerusalem).