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Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, seen at a conference organized by NGO Monitor, entitled "15 years of the Durban conference", held at the Israeli parliament, on June 20, 2016.

This year’s international recipient of the Menachem Begin Prize is renowned American Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations since 1986.

Hoenlein helped found the New York Jewish Community Relations Council, and was also the founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry as well.

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He was awarded the Begin Prize on Monday night in Jerusalem by the Menachem Begin Heritage Center to honor his work in strengthening ties between Jews in the Diaspora and Israel.

The other recipient of the award this year was Ariel University Chancellor and former Finance Minister Yigal Cohen-Orgad.

The awardees were chosen by a special committee headed by former Justice Minister Moshe Nissim.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.