Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, to Speak at Touro College Commencement Sunday, May 27, at Lincoln Center

Date: May 21, 2007
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More than 6,633 Degrees Expected to be Awarded to Class of 2006-07.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Malcolm I. Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will deliver the keynote address at the 33rd annual commencement of Touro College Sunday, May 27th at 7:30 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, in New York City. The Conference is the coordinating body on international Jewish concerns for 52 national Jewish organizations.

By the end of the commencement season, Touro College expects to have awarded approximately 6,663 doctor of philosophy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, juris doctor, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees in fields as wide-ranging as law, education, health sciences, and finance to the Class of 2006-2007.

Sunday evening’s ceremonies will confer baccalaureate, master’s and associate’s degrees upon nearly 800 students from six of Touro’s schools dedicated to enhancing Jewish heritage: Lander College for Men in Queens, Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School in Manhattan, Lander College for Arts & Sciences for Men and Women in Flatbush, the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the School for Lifelong Education, and Machon L’Parnasa-Institute for Professional Studies.

Valedictories will be presented by four students: Daniel Brody, from the men’s division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences; Amanda Minkoff from Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School; Malka Katz from the women’s division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences; and Douglas Schechter from Lander College for Men.

Mr. Hoenlein, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, has served as executive vice chairman of the Conference since 1986. He is a well-respected leader in the Jewish community who has written and lectured across the United States and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and World Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations.

“Malcolm Hoenlein is a major contributor to enhancement of the Jewish community and its defense, both in the U.S. and abroad,” said Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College.

Mr. Hoenlein has traveled extensively throughout the world, meeting with leading government officials, world leaders and Jewish communities. He serves as an advisor to many public officials and is frequently consulted on public policy issues. He has taught international relations and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In addition, he served on the editorial staff of ORBIS, the journal of international affairs.

Mr. Hoenlein is the recipient of many awards and tributes from organizations and individuals, including State of Israel Bonds, President Ronald Regan, American ORT, Brandeis University, Jerusalem College of Technology, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations. He played a key role in organizing the massive National Solidarity Rally for Israel in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 2002. A recent poll ranks him as the most influential Jewish leader. He holds degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1971, Touro College is currently educating more than 25,000 students at locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow and Berlin. Other commencement ceremonies scheduled include the following:

New York:

  • Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center: On Sunday, May 27, over 200 students are expected to receive juris doctor and master’s degrees.
  • New York School of Career and Applied Studies: School of Career and Applied Studies: Tuesday, June 12. Expected awarding of 792 bachelor’s and associate degrees. School of General Studies:Sunday, June 3. Expected awarding of 543 bachelor’s and associate degrees.
  • School of Education and Psychology, Graduate Division: Tuesday, June 12, awarding of 2,100 master’s degrees expected.
  • School of Health Sciences:Tuesday, Sept. 18. Doctorates, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees expected to be conferred upon 333 students.


  • California: Touro University California in Vallejo, on Sunday, June 3, is expected to present candidates for 189 doctor of osteopathic medicine and master’s degrees.
  • California: Touro University International in Cypress, Calif. on Sunday, August 12 is expecting to present candidates for 1,612 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate degrees.
  • Nevada: Touro University Nevada in Henderson, on Sunday, March 18, awarded 42 master’s degrees.
  • Berlin: Touro College Berlin, in June, is expected to present candidates for 25 baccalaureate degrees.
  • Moscow: Moscow University Touro, on March 17, awarded 20 master’s and 60 baccalaureate degrees. Lander Institute Moscow seven baccalaureate degrees.