AZM Fact Sheet

The American Zionist Movement

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is comprised of 29 national Jewish Zionist organizations and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people.

Known as AZM since 1993, it is the Zionist federation in the United States affiliated with the World Zionist Organization (WZO). The AZM and its constituent organizations represent American Zionists within the National Institutions of Israel, including the WZO, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund. AZM is the successor to the American Zionist Federation (founded in 1970) and to the American Zionist Council which started in the 1940s.

AZM works to promote and defend Zionism in the United States; to deepen and expand the active relationship of the American Jewish Community to Zionism in a contemporary context; to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among Zionist organizations through and with the AZM; and to be central hub for Zionist resources in America.
At the AZM Biennial Assembly in March 2017, Richard D. Heideman of Washington DC was elected President of AZM and Herbert Block was appointed as Executive Director. A theme of “Zionism Forward” as the goal and vision of AZM was launched in an effort to reenergize Zionism in America.

Zionism Forward is the AZM’s campaign to:

    • Strengthen support for Israel, the Jewish people and Zionism.
    • Celebrate the ideology and cause of Zionism.
    • Help strengthen Israel’s position in the global family of nations.
    • Improve the dialogue on Zionism in America and participate in a new effort to guide the American Jewish people to speak in a unified and informed voice in support of Zionism’s core principles.
    • Provide the forum that fosters our diverse constituent Zionist organizations’ respectful coalescence around our commonality.

In 2018 the AZM National Board adopted the following Statement of Principles of Zionism

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), through action and deed, supports these principles:

    • The sovereign state of Israel’s unconditional right to exist as the Jewish democratic homeland;
    • The right of the people of Israel to live in peace and security;
    • Pride in the common history, culture, destiny and religious heritage of the Jewish people;
    • Pride in Israel’s rich contributions to the world and its aspirational role to be an exemplary society for all of humanity; and
    • Israel’s centrality to Jewish identity and life.

The AZM and its constituent organizations fully support and endorse The Jerusalem Program of the WZO, the global statement of the beliefs of the Zionist movement.Twice in each decade, AZM organizes and sponsors the United States election of delegates to the World Zionist Congress, a process in which tens of thousands of American Jews participate and vote.AZM sponsors the American Zionist Youth Council, which aims to bring young people from national youth movements and organizations across religious, cultural, denominational, political, and social circles.

AZM Constituent Organizations

Members: American Forum for Israel • Ameinu • AMIT • ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) • Aytzim • Bnai Zion Foundation • Hadassah – The Women’s Zionist Organization of America • Herut NA • MERCAZ USA – Zionist Organization of Conservative Judaism • NA’AMAT USA • Partners for Progressive Israel • Religious Zionists of America – Mizrachi • World Sephardic Zionist Organization – Ohavei Zion • Zionist Organization of America Affiliated Organizations: Baltimore Zionist District • B’nai B’rith International •Emunah • Friends of Israel Scouts – Tzofim • Israel Forever Foundation • Jewish National Fund Zionist Youth Movements: • American Zionist Youth Council • B’nei Akiva • BBYO • Habonim Dror • Hashomer Hatzair • NCSY • NFTY • USY • Young Judae


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The American Zionist Movement: Past and Future

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), including 28 national Jewish organizations, represents American Zionists in the World Zionist Organization and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People.

The American Zionist Movement is a coalition of groups and individuals committed to Zionism: the idea that the Jewish people is one people with a shared history, values and language. AZM is the American affiliate of the World Zionist Organization, the Zionist Federation in the United States.


Mission Statement

The mission of the American Zionist Movement is to strengthen the connection of American Jews with Israel; develop their appreciation of the centrality of Israel to Jewish life worldwide; deepen their understanding of Israeli society and the challenges it faces; encourage travel, long-term visits and Aliyah to Israel; and to facilitate dialogue, debate and collective action to further Zionism in the United States and abroad.

Read about Zionism and the Jerusalem Program


What We Do

  • AZM Acts On Behalf Of Israel
    AZM defends Israel’s cause with vigor and confidence, supporting Israel as a rightful ally and trusted partner of the United States; we work tirelessly on behalf of Jews in distress or living under oppression inspired by the hope that they will ultimately reach Israel.
  • AZM Involves Future Generations
    AZM offers the next generation of young Zionists opportunities for leadership and action in the Zionist cause; we help young Jewish students bring Israel and the Zionist vision to their campus. We also work to involve the next generation of post-college young people in programs and projects to reinvigorate the Zionist vision and make it relevant to the next generation.
  • AZM Strengthens Jewish Identity
    AZM promotes and enhances creative Jewish continuity, using the magnetic force of Israel as a weapon against the destructive trends of assimilation and intermarriage; we are creating a new sense of Jewish self through identification with the people and the State of Israel.
  • AZM Promotes The Israel Experience
    Stronger bonds between American Jews and Israel will result from personal contact with Israel. This includes travel to Israel for short visits and whole summers, learning Hebrew, spending a college year or more, planning family visits and sabbaticals, volunteering, and investing in the economic development of the State of Israel.


Read on about Zionism and the Jerusalem Program



AZM Solidarity Mission to Israel during the war in Lebanon, summer 2006