In Three Minutes You Can Effect Change In Israel

vernon featured imageBeing president of the American Zionist Movement (AZM), I understand how Zionism has different meanings and emotions depending on one’s relationship with Israel.

However, I cannot stress enough, as Jewish Americans, regardless of our definition, that it is our right and opportunity to vote on behalf of Israel. The more votes America has, the stronger our voice can be heard for Israel and for Zionism.

 

WHY IS VOTING SO CRITICAL THIS YEAR?

With the State of Israel besieged on many sides, with the current state of relationships between the State of Israel and the United States administration, with the concern of the general public whether we still care about the State of Israel and its survival, here’s our opportunity to take a stand.

The Zionist elections allow us to voice our opinions on many issues. From the left to the right politically, from the right to the left religiously, including all religious streams and political points of view, there is surely one of the 11 slates that will speak to you.

As the media and political pundits analyze the strength of the philanthropic dollars to Israel as a measure of support by American Jews of their brothers and sisters of Israel, they will do the same as they analyze the number of voters who take the opportunity to express their democratic privilege in these elections. Whatever slate meets your religious, political or cultural needs, I encourage you to take a stand on behalf of the State of Israel and its centrality to American Jewish life. Your vote matters.

 

The WZC is the outstretched arm and the supreme organ of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), where once the main goal was to establish a legally assured home in the land of Israel for the Jewish people. Now, the issues are embedded in the Jerusalem Program (see below) which focuses on matters of: unity of the Jewish people and the connection to Israel, fighting anti-Semitism, creating a democratic and egalitarian multifacted state according to the vision of the prophets, education and more.

 

Israel needs the Diaspora more than ever before and the Diaspora needs Israel. It is a partnership we cannot negate and must value for now and future generations.

 

This vote is our opportunity to join the conversation and participate in the global Jewish voting process. The choice of what slate you will vote for is, of course, entirely up to you. What’s important is the act of voting itself.

 

VOTING IS EASY TO DO:

1. Go directly to the page www.Myselfourisrael.com

2. Register and accept the “Jerusalem Program” (see below for explanation)*

3. Pay $10 ($5 for those ages 18 to 30)

4. Vote

 

Voting ends April 30, 2015. I encourage you to take three minutes, raise your voice for Israel, join in the conversation and help make a difference in shaping Israel’s future.

 

*The “Jerusalem Program” is the shared vision of all organizations and institutions of WZO and includes amongst its principles:

 

- Unity of the Jewish people and the connection to Israel

- A democratic and multifaceted state according to the vision of the prophets

- Aliyah and settlement in Israel

- The centrality of Israel to the Jewish world

- Dissemination of Jewish culture and education

- Hebrew Language

- Fighting anti-Semitism

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Elections to the 37th World Zionist Congress — Vote Today

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The elections to the World Zionist Congress offer a unique opportunity for the global Jewish community to have its voice heard on issues of concern.  Here is in the United States the elections will field 11 slates, including two newly qualified slates.

Slates will be competing for the 145 delegates of the 500 elected delegates to the Zionist Congress. The slates reflect the tremendous diversity of the Zionist Movement, both ideologically and Jewish practice with organizations spanning the political spectrum from right to left, and including the Jewish religious streams.

Organizers are putting out a general call to all American Jews who care about Israel and World Jewry to register and vote. They also invite participants to post their own photo and send the message that this is a personal act, important to the totality of the Jewish People, and seeking to promote their vision for Israel’s Future.

Register and vote today.

Visit now  and post your picture and tell the world why you voted.

 

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Attend WZO’s International Bible Competition

There is no book that expresses the diversity of our values as a people more than the Bible.

The International Bible Competition is a golden opportunity to reconnect with our roots, to return to our values and strive for excellence.

If you love the Book of Books, the World Zionist Organization and the American Zionist Movement invite you to attend the International Bible Contest for Adults and be amazed by the competitors’ knowledge of the Bible.

 

Attend the Competition

 

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AZM and WZO Co-Sponsor Technion’s Robotics Competition

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The American Zionist Movement is partnering with the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Activities in Israel to sponsor the Technion’s Robotraffic Robotics competition, organized with the Leumi Robotics Center at the Technion in cooperation with World ORT. The competition will foster robotics education and traffic safety as well as educate about correct driving behavior. The largely Israeli competition has also recruited several teams from Ukraine and South America, and in March 2014 an all-girls team from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, won the Careful Driving award. This year, thanks to efforts by WZO and AZM, there will be entrants from the United States. Teams sent from the US via the Zionist Movement will also be treated to a 3-day program in Israel to visit major sites and to be exposed to the Israeli hi-tech industry. 

A limited number of schools in the US will be invited to create a team of students for the 2015 competition. Their challenge will be to build an autonomous robocar that can move according to traffic rules (traffic lights and signals) while keeping a safe distance from other cars and obstacles and avoiding accidents. 

The WZO is seeking schools with strong science departments interested in fielding a team. For more information about the contest in the US, please contact Einav Gelberg at einav.ogi@gmail.com.

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Operation Protective Edge – Resources and Materials

flag The American Zionist Movement expresses its concern and support for the welfare of our brothers and sisters in the State of Israel and for the soldiers who are currently involved on the battlefield. We encourage you to use the information below to show your solidarity with Israel, remain updated regarding what is happening in Israel, demonstrate your support and share with friends and colleagues accurate information about the situation.


Let us pray for better days as we continue to show our support for the people of Israel.

 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
WZO:
Tough Questions, Straight Answers (brochure)

Tough Questions, Straight Answers (with video clips)

Beit Ha’am (The People’s Army) – Operation Protective Edge

   The People’s Army English Version

   The People’s Army  Hebrew Version

 

Makom:
The Gaza Conflict – Materials for the Educator

The David Project:
Discussion Guide and Understanding the Hamas Tunnels

The iCenter: Operation Protective Edge:
As the conflict in Israel continues, we are looking for ways to bring Israel to our learners by gathering relevant resources, collecting authentic stories, and providing useful frames for educators and learners.
Resources to Teach and Learn

 

CAMPAIGNS
WZO:
Together We Win” Campaign

In collaboration with the online newspaper YNET, we call out to all supporters of Israel from across the world to express your solidarity with the citizens of Israel and the Machal Soldiers. Our slogan “Together we win” is derived from our belief in our cause. Email a picture of yourself, an Israeli flag, and the slogan “Together we win” to Eitan at the WZO.  The pictures will be featured on a special YNET feature.  Also, please post your photos to social media sites using the hashtag #togetherwewin.

Advocacy on the Internet
A selection of sites and resources for education and advocacy available on the internet.

Advocacy During Operation Protective Edge
A collection of articles, guides and other resources about Operation Protective Edge.

Hadassah: National Action Center
Send messages directly to Congress and the White House in support of Israel.

 

NEWS SOURCES
Minister of Public Diplomacy

Israel Defense Forces Blog: http://www.idfblog.com

Israel has recently launched a 24-hour English news television station: www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live.

Twitter List: Israel Under Fire

Twitter: IDF | Embassy of Israel

Facebook: IDF | Embassy of Israel

Conference of Presidents Daily Alerts

BICOM (Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre):  Sign up for daily alerts

Expert Speakers from the Israeli Consulate

 

DEMONSTRATIONS/RALLIES
Thursday, July 31 Miami Unites for Israel Rally 6:30pm (Eastern Time), Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach, Florida

Tuesday, August 5 (Baltimore, MD): 9:00am – 5:00pm (Eastern Time) Vigil for Israeli Victims (location TBD)

 

DONATIONS
WZO: Help us help others. The World Zionist Organization is organizing opportunities efforts to alleviate the anxiety of those subjected to the worst shelling in the south, buy providing communities with entertainment, free-of-charge program at the Herzl Museum, etc.  To make a tax-deductible donation in the United States, please click here, or send checks to the American Zionist Movement, indicating that the donation is for the WZO war relief efforts. Contribute now.

JNF Emergency Campaign
JNF seeks to raise $5,000,000 for its emergency campaign. In this time of crisis, Funds raised are being used for the following: to purchase mobile bomb shelters costing $30,000 each; additional fire trucks at a cost of $125,000 up to $250000 depending; operating the Sderot playground 24/7, providing programming to children in the Bedouin communities thru our partner Green Horizons to name just a few of the special initiatives.

Stop the Sirens (JFNA Emergency Campaign)
Stop the Sirens is a community-wide campaign responding to urgent needs in Israel. The fundraising effort is coordinated by Jewish Federations of North America on behalf of Federations across North America, and in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.  Contact your local Jewish Federation for more information or local initiatives.  To learn more, please visit us online.

MERCAZ USA: Neve Hanna Campaign
Neve Hanna Children’s Village, located in Kiryat Gat, has been regularly shelled by rockets from nearby Gaza.  Residents have been forced to spend most of their days and nights in shelters. The American Friends of Neve Hanna, through MERCAZ-USA, is bringing the children to a quiet area in the North of Israel. To donate to this campaign: call 212-533-2061 or pay online and indicate that it is the Neve Hanna Operation Protective Edge campaign

Ameinu in partnership with Dror Israel

Dror Israel has opened summer camps in the north for children from areas of the south hit hardest by rocket fire, and are also running activities for children and teens under safe conditions throughout Israel. In addition building on its  longtime educational partnership with the IDF, is providing lectures and other educational activities to soldiers on the importance of the military operation as defense of the state of Israel, in accordance with the laws of war, and in the spirit of Jewish and democratic values, rather than as an act of revenge, hatred and indiscriminate violence. To give to Dror Israel follow the link and designate your gift to Dror Israel to support these activities.

Support the IDF
There are a number of campaigns that support IDF soldiers in a variety of ways. We are listing a few lesser known initiatives here in which the donations go to soldiers; administrative costs are covered by an individual donor or volunteers do the work.

Get InVESTed in Our Boys Campaign
In coordination with commanding officers on the ground, funds are being raised to provide as many bullet proof vests as possible to provide for the soldiers engaged in combat.

Yashar L’Chayal Gaza Operation Emergency Fund
Yashar LaChayal brings soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces what they need when they need it.

Yashar LaChayal has developed relationships with IDF commanders around the country, and therefore they are quick to contact our representatives when their units or individual soldiers are in need of assistance.  But we do not wait to hear from them! Yashar LaChayal representatives are on the move, visiting IDF bases throughout Israel, on the borders and in remote locations, to see what the actual needs of our soldiers are.  Once we determine what is lacking, we set out to fill the gap.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Frontline Operation Campaign
As the brave IDF soldiers destroy terror tunnels and root out Hamas from Gaza, let’s show them the support they have from around the world.  FIDF supplies the IDF soldiers on the frontlines with snack packages, toiletry kits, and undergarments kits.  Let’s help keep their minds focused on the battles and not their wellbeing needs.

For more information on how to become more actively involved with FIDF, please contact your local FIDF chapter, or visit www.fidf.org.

Standing Together
Our brave soldiers are once again at war, facing an enemy that has sworn to kill us. We are now collecting from our supporters so we can deliver food and cold drinks, water packs (called “shlukerim”) that hold more water than standard canteens, knee pads that wear out very quickly in the field, and underwear. Because you can never have enough underwear.

 

 

**The list above is provided by AZM should be used as reference only.  This list is not exhaustive and there are many other ways to help. While we have made every effort to vet the provided information appropriately, AZM is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on each site.  When determining where to make a donation, please do your own research.  AZM is not responsible for how donations are allocated by funds not managed directly by AZM. 

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The Great Embrace: A Call to Action

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us in the campaign “The Great Embrace: A Call to Action” that the World Zionist Organization is launching in support of the families of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, sharing with them the sense of unity that has become the legacy of their tragic loss. Details can be found in the letter below.

Please accept the challenge and distribute it as widely as possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Breakstone
Deputy Chairman
World Zionist Organization

חברים יקרים,

אנו קוראים לך להצטרף אלינו לקמפיין “חיבוק של אומה” , בכדי לתת חיזוק למשפחות הבנים, ולהביע את אחדות העם בימים קשים אותם כולנו חווים.
כל הפרטים מופיעים במכתב המצורף.

אנו נשמח אם תרימו את הכפפה ותפיצו את המכתב בכל הדרכים שיתאפשרו לכם.

בברכה,

ד”ר דוד בריקסטון
סגן יו”ר
ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית


The Great Embrace: A Call to Action

חיבוק של אומה: קול קורא לעשייה


There is something you can do.

Throughout their ordeal, the families of Eyal Yiftah, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaer have repeatedly expressed their appreciation for the overwhelming support they have received from Jews around the world, declaring that it has been an amazing source of strength for them.

While their loss is inconsolable and the horrific pain will be theirs to bear eternally, perhaps we can offer them a modicum of comfort by demonstrating that the tragedy that has befallen them has palpably increased for all of us the spirit of “ahavat Yisrael” – the unity of our people.

Accordingly, we call upon you to join us in “The Great Embrace,” a campaign the World Zionist Organization has launched to get as many people as possible to write letters to the families, which we will deliver to them personally at the conclusion of the “shloshim,” the 30-day period of mourning.

Write one yourself and organize others to write as well. Even one line will be appreciated. They can be e-mailed to us at wzoInfo@wzo.org.il or posted to: Office of the Vice Chairman, World Zionist Organization, P.O.Box 92 Jerusalem 91000.

May the memory of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad be for a blessing and may our embrace of their families provide them some comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, a sentiment that takes on even greater meaning with Tisha b’Av just over the horizon.

יש משהו שאתם כן יכולים לעשות

במהלך ימי הייסורים של משפחות הנערים אייל יפתח, נפתלי פרנקל וגיל-עד שער, חזרו והביעו בני המשפחות את הערכתם והוקרתם לתמיכה הגורפת שהם זכו לה מיהודים מרחבי העולם, שלדבריהם היתה מקור כח בלתי נדלה עבורם.

בעוד אובדנם בלתי ניתן לנחמה וכאבם המחריד יהיה מנת חלקם לעד, אולי יכולים אנחנו להציע להם ולו קורטוב של נחמה בכך שנפגין באופן מוחשי את אותה “אהבת ישראל” שאיחדה את עמנו, לנוכח הטרגדיה שבצער רב נפלה בחלקם.

לפיכך, אנחנו קוראים לכם להצטרף אלינו ל”חיבוק של אומה”, קמפיין שהשיקה ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית במטרה להגיע לכמה שיותר אנשים על מנת שיכתבו מכתבי תמיכה למשפחות הנערים, שאנחנו באופן אישי נעביר לידיהם בתום שלושים ימי האבל. 

תכתבו מכתב פרי עטכם ודאגו לדרבן אחרים לעשות כמוכם, אפילו שורה אחת תמצא משמעות והערכה. את המכתבים שלחו לדוא”ל שלנו wzoinfo@wzo.org.il או למשרדינו בכתובת: לשכת סגן היו”ר, ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית, ת.ד. 92 ירושלים 91000.

יהיה זכרם של אייל, נפתלי וגיל-עד ברוך ומי ייתן וחיבוקנו את המשפחות יעניק להם ולו מעט נחמה בתוך אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא ידעו לדאבה עוד, ברגש שנדבך נוסף של משמעות ניצק בו כשתשעה באב עומד בפתחנו.

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Zionist Organizations March in Celebrate Israel Parade

With hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lining the Celebrate Israel Parade route on June 1, the American Zionist Movement and World Zionist Movement brought Zionist organizations together in a major display of unity and passion. Though the diversity within the Zionist movement was evident, the real story was the unity of purpose that brought all the groups together. Under the watchful eyes of Theodor Herzl, the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Friendship Caravan sang and danced on the float to the delight of the Zionist leaders and spectators. A colorful and iconic image of the Zionist Movement’s founder was featured on the float and on the bright green flags spread throughout the entire delegation.

Following the float were marchers representing Zionist organizations from all over the religious and political spectrums, from AMIT to Emunah to Ameinu and Bnai Zion; from Hadassah and Young Judaea to Habonim Dror and Hashomer Hatzair. Mercaz USA, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement, had marching delegations from two major synagogues, Town and Village Synagogue and Forest Hills Jewish Center, along with a number of individual members marching under its banner. ARZA, a major group in its own right, showed their connection to AZM and WZO by carrying the same green flags bearing Herzl’s image as they brought the Zionist delegation to a colorful conclusion.

It was a great day for Israel and Jewish people, and an historical one for the Zionist Movement in the United States, which reflected its full range of ideals while embracing Israel as one.

 

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Posters of Pre-State Israel Give Special Insight Into Zionism

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These 18 authentic posters from pre-state Israel and its early years of independence give expression to the ideals on which the Zionist movement was founded, the challenges it has had to contend with since its outset and the remarkable achievements characterizing its first decades.

More than an important historical record, this collection provides a fascinating insight into the atmosphere and spirit of the times. It also serves as a source of inspiration for carrying on with the vital mission of continuing to work for the fulfillment of the Zionist dream. Printed on each poster is a brief description of its contents in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and French, providing context and background enhancing appreciation of its message and associated values.

In addition to being suitable for display in schools, Jewish community centers, synagogues, youth movement clubs, community institutions, camps, offices and homes, these posters constitute a rich resource for informal educational activity on the Zionist vision and the realities that the movement has had to face.

Read what the Jerusalem Post wrote about the posters (PDF file)

Special introductory offer:

Full set of 18 posters (50 x 70 cm. / 20 x 28 in.): $65 in celebration of Israel’s 65 years. (Prices will increase at the end of November.)

1 poster: $10

5 posters: $25

10 posters: $40

wufooShipping is included in all prices. Purchase a full set of 18 posters and get 3 additional posters FREE! It’s easy to order using our Wufoo purchase form.

Purchase Your Poster(s) Here.

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Conference on Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

On December 8, join the American Zionist Movement, the World Zionist Organization and the Consulate General of Israel in New York City to explore Antisemitism today, how it manifests itself and ask whether anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism. Featured speakers include author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, US Special Envoy Ira Forman, Deputy Minister of Defense MK Danny Danon,  and Israeli actress Mili Avital.

To see the program: DRAFT PROGRAM 

To register: REGISTER (no longer accepting online registrations. You can register on Sunday at 130 E.59th Street) conference@azm.org

This program will be live streamed. Visit the iZionist site for more details on the day of the program.

 

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Moynihan’s Moment by Professor Gil Troy

Moynihans Moment Hardcover 300dpiGil Troy is a leading political historian, and one of today’s most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel. He is Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal, and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Professor Troy’s articles have been published in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets. He writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post, and is Editor-at-Large of the “Open Zion” blog on The Daily Beast. Professor Troy is the author of eight books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In his newest book, Moynihan’s Moment, which was just published by Oxford University Press, Professor Troy combines his expertise in American history with his passion for Israel. Moynihan’s Moment tells the previously untold story of the 1975 UN resolution that called Zionism a form of racism, and the remarkable fight–led by legendary statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan–to prevent its passage. Jewish Ideas Daily included Moynihan’s Moment in its list of the Best Jewish Books of 2012. Elie Wiesel has called it “superb,” and has said that “it demonstrates [Gil Troy’s] power of critical analysis as well as his commitment to what is eternal and noble in Jewishness.”

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To learn more about Gil Troy, please visit www.giltroy.com.

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