November 15-17: AZM Washington National Conference

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The American Zionist Movement held our Washington National Conference: Zionism Forward in the Spirit of Balfour on November 15-17, 2017 in Washington DC,m in partnership with the Department for Diaspora Activities of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and the Balfour Initiative of The Israel Forever Foundation (IFF).

 

The Conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution.  Our gathering will feature key speakers, panels and exciting events, including The Balfour Gala hosted at The Embassy of Israel, followed by a powerful day of sessions on Capitol Hill, featuring a Congressional Luncheon. The conference will conclude with the WZO Symposium on Diaspora Affairs.

 

 

For sponsorship opportunities, please click HERE to give online or HERE for a printable form.

 

 


 

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For more details contact azm@azm.org or call 212.318.6100 x6947

*Kosher Dietary Laws observed throughout the conference

 

AZM Biennial Assembly and Celebratory Dinner- March 5-6

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AZM’s 12th Biennial Assembly,March 5- 6, 2017, is just around the corner.   A new president and a new administration will be installed.  AZM will say its thanks to Rabbi Vernon Kurtz and the other officers who served over the past 4 and half years. In addition, AZM will say “farewell” to Karen Rubinstein after almost 40 years of service.

Leading Israeli future, Dr. David Passig of Bar Ilan University, will present a challenging and provocative address to set the stagepassig for the Biennial; and for the future of the Zionist Movement in the United States.  Dr. Passig got his PhD in Anticipatory Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of 2048  (English) published in May 2010 and Forcognito (Hebrew only at this time.)  In addition to Dr. Passig there will be ample opportunity to sample program offerings from Departments of the WZO, and to debate and discuss the AZM Strategic Plan and directions for the future.

The dinner will feature Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations., as well as others who have worked with Karen over the years.

Member organizations are asked to send representatives, but this event is open to the public and anyone who wishes come for the entire biennial, or for the Sunday night dinner alone is most welcome.  Please visit this page to make your biennial reservations.  

To register for the dinner and place an ad in the journal, visit this page.

As more details are available we will post them.  We urge you to register now and participate in what promises to be an exciting, informative and fun event.

To download and print outAZM Journal and Dinner Pledge Form

FeminIsrael — Celebrating Women’s Accomplishments in Israel

feminisraellogoMarch 8th was International Women’s Day, which takes place during Women’s History Month. Each year, AZM and WZO mark Women’s History Month with “FeminIsrael”, an initiative created to focus on and draw attention to the achievements of Israeli women, and their tremendous contributions to Israel and the world.

This year in the context of FeminIsrael, the AZM and the Consulate General of Israel in New York have joined together to honor some of the women who comprise Israel’s Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. AZM will be hosting a reception and panel discussion

It promises to be a very special program, featuring some high-powered Israeli professional women, including: Orit Rishpi from wepower, Hava Carrie from the Carmel Institute, Gila Gamiel, Director-General of the Foreign Ministry, among others. Moderating the event will be Farhana Rahman, Director for Communications for Z-Cast, a mobile app for broadcasting live podcasts developed by the Israeli start-up, Zula. Farhana gained quite a bit of attention during her business trip to Israel earlier this year as she posted her strong support and love for the country and people of Israel.

Click here to sign up, or click on the flyer below.

 

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If you’d like to participate in a HebrewSpeak program, please contact Susie Baumohl at hebrewspeak@azm.org or call 212-318-6100 x6947.

We’re waiting for you! מחכים לכם!

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Elections to the 37th World Zionist Congress Votes Are In and Delegate Numbers Allocated

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“The World Zionist Congress is the single best opportunity for American Jews to have its voice heard on critical issues facing Israel and the Jewish People” said Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, President of the American Zionist Movement; and the voice has spoken.

Now that the elections have closed and the votes have been counted, 145 new delegates from the US will participate in the upcoming    the upcoming congress.  Elections for the World Zionist Congress ran from January through April and came to a close with a total of 56,737 votes.  At the top with the highest number of seats: ARZA with 56 delegates, Mercaz with 25 and Vote Torah (AMIT, B’nei Akiva and RZA)  with 24.  While ARZA maintained their delegate count since the previous election, Mercaz and Mizrachi have lost a combined 18 delegates.  Despite this decrease, the three major religious streams still hold over 70% of the seats of the American delegation.

Two new slates vied for seats at the Congress during this election, Ohavei Zion, winning 4 seats, and Alliance for New Zionist Vision, which won 2.

Below is the count by slate, and the distribution of the 145 delegates for the election of American Delegates to the 37th World Zionist Congress.

ARZA -Representing Reform Judaism 21,766 56
Mercaz USA: Zionist Arm of the Conservative Movement 9.890 25
Vote Torah: Religious Zionists 9,594 24
American Forum for Israel 3,773 10
HATIKVAH-The progressive Zionist Voice 3,148 8
Zionist Organization of America/ZOA Defend Jews & Israeli rights 2,738 7
Zionist Spring: Restoring Vision to World Zionism 2,696 7
World Sephardic Organization – Ohavei Tsion 1,650 4
Alliance for New Zionist Vision 735 2
Green Israel: Aytzim/Green Zionist Alliance/Jewcology 443 1
Herut North America -The Jabotinsky Movement 304 1

“Those who cast their votes in this election became part of a great historical continuum, and are now personally involved in crafting the future of the Jewish State,” said Judge Abraham Gafni, the chairman of the US Area Election Committee, which oversees the elections in the United States.  “I am excited by the tremendous energy that has been displayed towards the commitment to Israel’s future.”

Although the Congress represents all of world Jewry, the US historically sends the second largest delegation to participate in the Congress, which offers the best opportunity for ideological parties to grow.  This potential growth means positions in the WZO and increased budget spending in those departments.

This year’s election saw an overall broadening of representation of Zionist groups and, as a result, slates such as Hatikvah, Zionist Spring and the ZOA gained seats at the table.

Though the US elections have concluded, there are other countries currently running elections. All elections must be completed at least three (3) months prior to the opening of Congress.  In Israel the Knesset elections provide the key to representation of Zionist parties at the Congress. The US delegation looks forward to productive meetings with their Zionist counterparts from around the world, in the hopes of creating a stronger Zionist movement.

The 37th World Zionist Congress is scheduled to take place October 20-22, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel.

 

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

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.

 

AZM Biennial Assembly on Sunday, December 7, 2014

Save-the-date-AZM (3)The American Zionist Movement will host its Biennial Assembly on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at UJA Federation in Midtown Manhattan. The event will feature a review of internal AZM matters, a discussion of upcoming AZM and the World Zionist Organization programs and an update on the elections to the Zionist Congress.

​Professor Theodore Sasson of Brandeis University will deliver the keynote address about The New American Zionism. His remarks will be couched within his recent analysis of American Jewry’s Relationship to Israel before and after this summer’s Gaza War. He will address such questions as “Did Hamas rocket fire galvanize the world’s largest diaspora community and strengthen its connection to the Jewish state? Or did Israel’s tough military response divide American Jewish opinion and alienate the younger generation? In this lecture, Professor Sasson will present new evidence concerning American Jews’ responses to the Gaza war, and discuss general trends in their relationship to Israel.

Sasson’s broader findings, reported in his recent book, The New American Zionism, challenge the widespread notion that American Jews are distancing themselves from Israel.

Registration is required for the Biennial. There will be a fee of $50 for delegates and $25 for delegates under the age of 30.

Visit here to see the Program Registration will begin at 11:30 and the program will begin at 12:00 Noon. The Biennial will be held at New York UJA-Federation, 130 East 59th Street in New York City.

​Those attending the Biennial are also encouraged to stay for the regional meeting of the Zionist General Council, which follows the Biennial. That meeting will discuss programmatic opportunities, relations between the WZO and its diaspora constituents, and plans for Congresses and beyond.

 

Register for the Biennial here.

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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Svika Pick To Perform In New York on Oct 30

Join American Zionist Movement, ISRAMERICA, and numerous other Israel-loving organizations on Thursday, October 30, for a night with Svika Pick! This is an opportunity that should not be missed – the renowned Israeli singer will be performing for one night only.

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:30PM
Temple Emanuel, Lowenstein Auditorium Skirball Center
1 East 65th Street at Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y,10021

Tickets are $45, $55, $65 at www.tinyurl.com/SvikaPickNYC

For VIP Center Orchestra & groups call Hani at 718-997-9848

 

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