National Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein received an honorary doctorate at Temple University and visited the school's Hillel chapter during his visit.
Philly native Malcolm Hoenlein, longtime executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, returned to his hometown and his alma mater to accept an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Temple University at its 128th commencement exercises on May 8.
He also took the opportunity to address students and communal leaders at Temple’s Hillel: The Edward H. Rosen Center for Jewish Life on the topic of “Engaging the Next Generation of American Jews and Their Importance to the American Jewish Community.”
The activist has been at his post with the Conference of Presidents since 1986, leading the umbrella organization that is often seen as the Jewish community's central address on foreign policy issues.
Among his many other positions in the Jewish community, he served as an expert for and taught at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and wrote for its publication, Orbis. Outside his hometown, he served as founder/executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry as well as the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, among other leadership roles.