Tuesday, June 10, 2014, New York, NY… Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations congratulate the Honorable Rubi Rivlin on his election as President of the State of Israel. Mr. Rivlin has had a distinguished career in public service including Speaker of the Knesset and Cabinet member under Ariel Sharon where he served as Minister of Communications.
“We have worked with President Rivlin in the past and look forward to continuing to enhance the relationship in his very important new position. While the Presidency has been described as a symbolic post, it is in fact, a significant platform to speak to the people of Israel as a unifying force, to Jewish communities around the world, and to foreign leaders and personalities. The Presidency affords many opportunities to enhance the image of Israel, to explain its challenges, and to promote its opportunities. We are confident that President Rivlin will do all of those. He comes from a very distinguished family, long rooted in Jerusalem and steeped in the history and traditions of the Jewish people.”
“We are grateful to President Peres for his life of service and leadership. We pray that he will continue in good health for many years,” said Sugarman and Hoenlein.
The Conference of Presidents is the central coordinating body representing 50 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern