Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Speaks at Touro College Commencement
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Comments Address Anti-Semitism Abroad.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Malcolm I. Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, delivered the keynote address at the 33rd annual commencement of Touro College Sunday, May 27th 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 conferred baccalaureate, master’s and associate degrees upon nearly 800 students from six of Touro’s schools dedicated to perpetuating the 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 were 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; Malkala Katz from the women’s division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences; and Douglas Schechter from Lander College for Men.
Mr. Hoenlein, who received 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.
In his remarks, Mr. Hoenlein warned of the spread of “insidious intellectual anti-Semitism” in England, where the majority of respondents in a national survey, he said, cited Israel as the leading danger to world peace. He said this “virulent hatred” is now spreading across college campuses in America, as well as in the nation’s mass media, citing radio broadcasts as an example. The goal of this “vicious campaign,” Mr. Hoenlein stressed, is to delegitimatize Israel and to question its right to exist.
He urged the graduates to become knowledgeable spokespersons in order to defend the State of Israel and to lead lives of civic and community involvement.
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 received the honorary Doctor of Laws for “his exemplary leadership in service to the Jewish people; his steadfast support of the State of Israel and its eternalness; his exuberant commitment to tikkun olam; his consummate mastery of the art of political diplomacy; and for his ethical and efficacious advocacy on the world stage.”
He is the recipient of many other 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. in 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:
- Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center: On Sunday, May 27, over 200 students received 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.