Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations since 1986, has always sought to unite and strengthen the American Jewish community and Israel, while forging close ties with world leaders and helping Diaspora Jews in distress.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Bar-Ilan University has bestowed “an honorary doctorate on Malcolm Isaac Hoenlein, who for over three decades has served at the helm of one of the most influential American Jewish organizations,” a university statement reads.
“Ensuring that the voice and the agenda of organized American Jewry resonates in key diplomatic and political circles, and acting as defender and guardian of world Jewry, Hoenlein is a masterful interlocutor between political and communal leaders in Israel, the United States and the world.”
Hoenlein, 74, denies reports that he is retiring. “I am not stepping down; I think I’m stepping up.I am not leaving without having a successor in place. I want to make sure that there will be an orderly transition.”