Adam Moscoe – 21, born and raised in Ottawa – will graduate in June as Valedictorian with an Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and will begin an MA in Public and International Affairs in September. Adam has studied and worked in Israel, Germany, Rwanda, and the Parliament of Canada and is a former CJPAC Fellow. Recently, Adam was named one of Canada’s ‘Top 20 Under 20’ and a “Global Shaper” of the World Economic Forum. Adam is also an actor, singer, and Liberal activist.
Adam Moscoe is a young man with many talents. At the University of Ottawa, where he is completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology, Adam is the lead organizer of Holocaust Education Week, and serves on the Board of the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students (CFJS). He also lends his considerable musical and theatrical talents to the Tamir Foundation of Ottawa, which helps individuals with developmental disabilities to access their full potential through drama, music and bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies. He describes his gradual emergence as a young politico as “an extension of [his] work in Jewish student leadership,” which encouraged community involvement and put him in contact with politicians.
Passionate about his faith, Adam includes “the opportunity to openly practice Judaism and sanctify the Sabbath while at a federal political party convention” among his political highlights. He values the connection between the Jewish community and the political realm, and certainly does not take that connection for granted. “I shudder to think that I was born in the same century where ‘None is Too Many’ was uttered by our own leaders about Jews,” Adam notes candidly.
As an intern on Parliament Hill in 2012, Adam was blessed with the opportunity to attend Israel’s Presidential Conference last July in Jerusalem. There, he finally met one of his personal heroes, Soviet Jewish Refusenik and former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Natan Sharansky.
When asked if he foresees a career in politics, Adam answers with the tact of a politician. His immediate plans are to complete his MA, possibly study law, and chart his own path in public and international affairs. However, he leaves the door open for an eventual run for political office, if the right circumstances converge. He notes that his involvement with CJPAC as a Fellow taught him many valuable lessons about politics including how to think critically about the parties and policies he wishes to support, and the kind of engagement he wants to take on. “CJPAC invests in us and treats us like real players – recognizing that our energy and ideas can go a long way to advancing the Jewish and pro-Israel agenda”, Adam concludes.
Although Adam grew up in a non-political family, his parents instilled in him the importance of social justice, drawing special inspiration from his late grandfather, Lou Eisenberg, who held many leadership positions in the Jewish community. Looking to the future, Adam recognizes the importance of youth involvement in politics. To engage young people, he says, it is imperative to treat them as “real players – recognizing that our energy and ideas can go a long way in advancing Jewish and pro-Israel causes”.