The problem of anti-Semitism seems to be getting more severe: Young Jews are being physically attacked and intellectually ostracized on campuses across the country; religious Jews are being beaten up on the streets; anti-Israel sentiment is on the rise in progressive movements at home and abroad; and Jews are once again being used as convenient objects of hatred to mobilize Islamist, fascist, and anti-Western movements around the world. Do American Jews have a strategy to confront this grave challenge to Jewish sovereignty, Jewish dignity, and Jewish security? And how do we prepare the rising generation of American Jews, in particular, to stand up for the Jewish people, the Jewish State, and Jewish principles?
Malcolm Hoenlein has been the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international and national concerns for 52 national Jewish organizations, since 1986. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, and prior to that, he was the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. Hoenlein has written and lectured across the U.S. and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and world Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations. He is Chairman of America’s Voices in Israel and Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network and serves on the boards of directors or advisory boards of several companies.