Jewish Leader Urges Unity in Face of Threat

Malcolm Hoenlein calls on US Jews to be united in the face of the challenges emerging from the new Middle East.

Malcolm Hoenlein, Exec. Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

New York, NY — In an interview last week, Malcolm Hoenlein, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, expressed the urgent need for American Jewry to remove divisive internal barriers and to focus on acts that unify, to strengthen the community in the face of the challenges from the global campaign to delegitimize Israel to Iran to the untold consequences of the many uprisings in the Middle East and beyond.

I was, obviously, very pleased and congratulate all those responsible [for the elimination of Osama bin Laden]…but people can’t be deluded to think this is end of threat. Osama is dead, and he was a key figure, but there is a worldwide network that still threatens the international order. This threat cannot be ignored…Israel and Jews are obvious targets as we repeatedly are…We cannot let our guard down, cannot be lulled into apathy by the elimination of bin Laden, as important and significant as that is.”

Mr. Hoenlein, who has worked with several US Presidents on Middle East affairs, urges American Jewry to put aside their differences at this important time.

I believe that unity within should be the first priority. History teaches us that it is the one pre-condition to success. If you look at Jewish history, every great achievement, every miracle was a result of the Jews being united. Attempts to divide us based on the detail of what they practice, is detrimental to Judaism and to what sustains us. Any time you can bring Jews of all kinds together for common deliberation and discussion, to [celebrate] what unites us and [lessen] what divides us we realize that the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.”

To hear from this insightful and inspirational leader about the critical challenges facing US Jewry in 2011 and about Israel in the new Middle East – what it means to the US-Israel special relationship – all members of the Jewish community are invited to attend One Shabbat this Memorial Day weekend where Mr. Hoenlein will be giving several talks.

One Shabbat, held in the Stamford Plaza, CT, is an opportunity for all Jews to come and celebrate a Shabbat together. Joining Mr. Hoenlein in addressing the audience are Mr. Charles Harary, Rabbi Ken Spiro, Dr. David Lieberman, Mrs. Lori Palatnik and many more. Together, the speakers will provide insights into the ‘new’ Middle East as well as the world-famous Discovery seminar, relationships, marriage and parenting, and personal growth topics. There are limited spots available at this unique weekend.

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In June 1986, Michael Hoenlein was elected Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international Jewish concerns for 52 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York. Mr. Hoenlein has written and lectured across the US and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and World Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations. He has traveled extensively in East and West Europe, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf, North and South Africa, Australia and the Middle East, meeting with leading, government officials, world leaders and Jewish communities.


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  1. Michal Nordmann

    sounds amazing. it's scary what's going on. Jews do have to stop arguing among ourselves and do things that bring us closer together. One Shabbat. One wonderful and inspirational event idea

  2. I agree. What an incredible idea. Yehuda Avner was here last week and I heard him speak. He too was talking about the urgent need for Jewish Unity. As is the mayor and remaining family members of the Fogel family from Itamar.

    One thing we seem to be united on, is that we need to be united. I would encourage everyone to try and attend this weekend. It's a start. And a very good one!!!