FAST FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD ZIONIST CONGRESS:
- The World Zionist Congress convenes every 5 years
- Delegates to the congress are members of slates that represent various factions & ideologies across the spectrum of Judaism
- Slates are award delegates based on the number of votes they receive in the World Zionist Congress Election
- The more votes we receive the stronger our voice at the congress
- These delegates determine leadership positions and influence policies that shape the future of Israel and impact Zionist programming and organizations in the United States.
WHAT IS THE CONGRESS?
The 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC) will be held in Jerusalem from October 20 – 22, 2020. Today it remains the only democratically elected global Jewish forum. The First Zionist Congress, convened by Theodor Herzl in 1897, was the genesis of the Zionist movement. It was the original meeting of great minds that first put to paper the idea that the Jewish people should have a state of their own.
The WZC meets every five years to discuss policy and funding for Jewish institutions in Israel and across the world. In the United States the American Zionist Movement (AZM), as the national Zionist federation, organizes a grassroots public vote where the American Jewish community elects 152 delegates to the WZC, a body of 500 delegates from Jewish communities worldwide. The election in the US is overseen by an “Area Election Committee” established by AZM under the rules of the World Zionist Organization.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
To be eligible to vote in the US Elections to the 38th World Zionist Congress, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or above (as of June 30, 2020)
- Be a permanent resident of the United States
- Be Jewish
- Have not voted and will not vote in the March 2, 2020 Knesset election
- Affirm your commitment to the Jerusalem Program
WHAT IS THE JERUSALEM PROGRAM?
The Jerusalem Program is a set of ideals and principles that established the foundations of Zionism. It states:
Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration and voting will open on January 21, 2020. To register, visit azm.org/elections after that date. The fee to register and vote is $7.50, which covers the administrative costs of running the election (anyone age 25 and under pay $5.00).