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Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, answers “What does it mean to be Jewish?” in our latest #0dot2 video.

In June 1986, Mr. Hoenlein was elected executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents, the coordinating body on international and national concerns for 52 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, the central coordinating agency for Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Prior to that, he was the founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.

Mr. Hoenlein received his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and completed his Masters degree and doctoral course work from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of International Relations. A National Defense Fellow in the University’s Near East Center, Mr. Hoenlein taught International Relations in the Political Science Department 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.

B’nai B’rith International has launched the Zero.Dot.Two Initiative (#0dot2) ahead of its 175th anniversary to discuss ideas around Jewish identity, to educate social media users about Judaism as a proactive way to combat anti-Semitism and to promote the Jewish connection to the State of Israel through the voices of many online influencers. With approximately 14.4 million Jewish individuals alive today, we represent approximately 0.2% of global citizens.

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