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Why vote in the 2020 Zionist Election?

01/22/2020 02:23:19 PM

Jan22

Rabbi Wendy Pein

It is not every day that we are called upon to voice our opinion about World Jewry … but we currently have this opportunity in voting for a slate to represent our views at the next World Zionist Congress! Once every 5 years, US Jewry votes to directly influence the future of the Israel Reform Movement! 

When you vote, you will be able to choose from over a dozen slates representing diverse political beliefs, religious denominations and cultural traditions. Those elected from the United States will join delegates from Israel and around the world at the 38th World Zionist Congress in October 2020, the international “parliament of the Jewish people”, to make decisions regarding key institutions which allocate nearly $1 Billion annually to support Israel and World Jewry (including the World Zionist Organization, Keren Kayemet LeYisrael – Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Agency for Israel).[1]

There are 15 slates running in the 2020 US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress. I encourage you to read through the slates, their platforms, and review the delegates (there are some very well-known names on the ARZA slate).

Online voting is now open until March 11, 2020. 

More information about the elections and slates can be found at  www.azm.org/elections.

Judaism teaches us that “You do not need to finish the work, but you are not free to desist from it” (M. Avot 2:16). Every election is important – and Judaism’s value of collective action calls on us to make our voice be heard.[2]

So, choose to vote for a slate to represent your views at the 38th World Zionist Congress today!

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