Meet the HBR Scholarship Spring 2018 Recipients

The Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich. Reich scholarships are awarded each fall and spring to a limited number of American students who have chosen to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or post-college long-term programs in Israel. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, pro-Israel activity in their personal lives, and a dedicated commitment to future involvement with the Jewish and Zionist community in the United States.

The American Zionist Movement is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring 2018 Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship. These three young people were chosen for their impressive commitment to Zionism and their high level of academic achievements. 


Jeremy Pesner holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and a graduate degree from Georgetown University. He has participated in previous Israel Programs and was selected as a participant the Israel Tech Challenge Experience working where he worked in software development and met with leaders in Israel’s tech sector while studying the Tel Aviv startup community. He is a participant in the Israel Government Fellows program and hopes to gain even greater experience and exposure to Israel’s IT and telecommunications fields.

Read Jeremy’s essay on his connection to Zionism


Michelle Schein hails from Massachusetts and graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations with Honors. She interned at various members of Congress and was very involved with Jewish and Zionist organizations on campus, including Brown Students for Israel where she served as President. She received the 2016 AIPAC Campus Activists Award for her work on campus. She will be interning at the Arava Institute Academic Program.

Read Michelle’s essay on her connection to Zionism


Rachel Goldberg graduated from the University of Rochester in 2015 and has been living in Boston since her graduation. In Boston, she has been involved with JNF, the JCRC, and CJP, while working as the Director of Community Relations at the Consulate General of Israel to New England. She will be studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Rachel states “As Israel nears its 7 th anniversary, we must not only remember the country’s roots, but also acknowledge its incredible strides in technology and innovation, humanitarianism, and equal rights, just to name a few. By promoting Israel’s relevant and heroic accomplishments, we can effectively combat critics, educate the greater population, and ensure Israel’s prosperity for generations to come.”

Read Rachel’s essay on her connection to Zionism

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American Zionist Movement Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Honors His  Statements on Zionism and Israel

(Friday, January 12, 2018)  —  This weekend, as the United States celebrates the life accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on the national holiday in his honor, The American Zionist Movement (AZM) proudly remembers the life, the times and the statements of Dr. King on Zionism and in support of Israel.

“In April 2018 shortly after we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.  Therefore, as we reflect on the life of Dr. King and his contributions and accomplishments, we recognize and pay tribute to his connection to Zionism and Israel”, said Richard D. Heideman, President and Herbert Block, Executive Director of AZM.

They continued:  “Dr. King was a dreamer, and he is famously remembered for his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, delivered at a moment and in a place where not only the country, but the world heard his message and joined in his commitment to build a better life, and to work for a better day, for all.  Theodor Herzl, the founder of our modern Zionist movement in 1897 was also a dreamer who famously proclaimed, ‘If you will it, it is no dream’”.\

In a 2016 article “Was MLK the Herzl of the Americans?” Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer stated that “Dr. King understood the moral imperative of Israel and admired Israel’s values”.  When Dr. King lived in Chicago in 1966 his home was just blocks from the Theodor Herzl Public School, established in 1914 in the then predominately Jewish community of North Lawndale. The school remains in the neighborhood and at a 2017 event the Herzl School Principal noted that “”We are the living legacy of both Theodore Herzl and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”  Rep. John Lewis, a colleague of Dr. King and himself a noted civil rights leader, has also penned an essay entitled “‘I have a dream’ for peace in the Middle East / King’s special bond with Israel”.

In Jerusalem there is a “Martin Luther King Street” with a sign stating that he was an “American Leader and Fighter for Universal Human Rights”.  Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King are both memorialized with forests of trees planted in Israel in their memory. Mrs. King and Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. were among the founding members in 1975 of BASIC – Black Americans to Support Israel Committee, which was led by the legendary Bayard Rustin.

On the occasion of the annual national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday the American Zionist Movement, consisting of 25 national Zionist organizations, representing millions of Americans, is proud to highlight here some of the notable remarks and writings of Dr. King:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality”

“When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism.”

“The whole world must see that Israel must exist, and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world.”

“Israel’s right to exist as a state of [with] security is incontestable.”

“I solemnly pledge to do my utmost to uphold the fair name of the Jews — because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all.”

“I cannot stand idly by, even though I live in the United States and even though I happen to be an American Negro, and not be concerned about what happens to my brothers and sisters who happen to be Jews in Soviet Russia. For what happens to them happens to me and to you and we must be concerned.”

AZM thanks all its member organizations, including The Israel Forever Foundation, B’nai B’rith International, Jewish National Fund and Herut North American, as well as David Matlow and Gil Troy, for sharing material on Dr. King.

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), comprised of 25 national Jewish Zionist organizations representing millions of Americans in the World Zionist Organization, works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People

Herbert Block
Executive Director
American Zionist Movement
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December 2017

March – December 2017

This report is a compilation prepared by the President of AZM, Richard D. Heideman; Chair of the AZM National Board, Francine Stein; AZM Executive Director, Herbert Block; AZM Program Director, Alicia Post; on behalf of the AZM Leadership Cabinet and AZM National Board.

YEAR OF ZIONIST ANNIVERSARIES:  AZM announced and is pursuing activities in 2017-18 under the banner of the “Year of Zionist Anniversaries”, including the following. The program announcements can be found here:

  • 75 years since the convening of the Biltmore Conference in NY in May 1942;
  • 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem, following the Six Day War, in June 1967;
  • 70 years since the journey of the Exodus refugee ship in August 1947;
  • 120 years since Theodor Herzl convened the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in August 1897;
  • 100 years since the Balfour Declaration was issued in November 1917 by the British Foreign Secretary;
  • 70 years since adoption of the United Nations Partition Resolution in November 1947;
  • 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel in May 1948

AZM WASHINGTON NATIONAL CONFERENCE:  AZM held its Washington National Conference, November 15-16-17, 2017, Zionism Forward in the Spirit of Balfour, 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 program, session and speaker videos and pictures can be seen at

The conference took place during “Zionism Anniversaries Month” and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution, two key events in the path to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

The three-day AZM conference featured The Balfour Gala at the Embassy of Israel and a day on Capitol Hill with a luncheon paying tribute to Israel and its Ambassador Ron Dermer, who received the AZM Distinguished Leadership Award in the presence of Members of Congress.  The AZM gathering was addressed by Ambassador Dermer, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representatives Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Robert Pittinger (R-NC), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ed Royce (R-CA), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Lee Zeldin (R- NY).  Video greetings were delivered by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (NY), Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom and attorney Alan Dershowitz.  Messages were also read from Vice President Mike Pence and United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.  Other notable speakers included Baroness Ruth Deech of the UK House of Lords; British Col.(ret.) Richard Kemp; Israel Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser; Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman of the World Zionist Organization, AZM President Richard D. Heideman and many key leaders of AZM organizations as well as thinkers and activists across the spectrum of American Jewish life.   While the conference took place the US House of Representatives adopted a Resolution commemorating the Balfour  Declaration.  Prior to the conference Rep. Lee Zeldin inserted remarks on Balfour into the Congressional Record.

SYMPOSIUM ON ANTI-ZIONISM = ANTISEMITISM: AZM in cooperation with The Center for Diaspora Communications & Countering AntiSemitism of The World Zionist Organization (WZO) held a Symposium on Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism on November 28, 2017 in New York City. It was convened in conjunction with a delegation of Israeli Mayors and municipal officials visiting New York City, under the auspices of the WZO. The program and visit coincided with the commemoration at the United Nations of the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution on November 29, 1947.  View the Symposium Program, Source Book, Videos, Photos, and Recordings in English and Hebrew, including the materials prepared for the WZO and AZM by The Israel Forever Foundation, at

AMERICAN ZIONIST SHABBAT:  From October 28-December 2, 2017 communities around the country were invited to hold American Zionist Shabbat programs under a new AZM initiative. These weeks, from Parshiot Lech Lecha to Vayishlach, coincided with the Shabbat before the Centennial of the Balfour Declaration until the Shabbat we commemorating 70 years since the United Nations Partition Resolution adoption (8 Cheshvan- 14 Kislev 5778).  AZM provided resource materials to Rabbis, AZM organizations, synagogues, schools and communal leaders so they could speak about Zionism during this period. You can see the American Zionist Shabbat Sourcebook and resources at

“HERZL IN THE PARK”:  On August 28, 2017 AZM gathered together representatives of Jewish and pro-Israel organizations for a public ceremony to mark 120 years since the global Zionist movement was founded.  As August 29-31 was the 120th anniversary of Theodor Herzl’s convening of the First Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland.  This event was held at the site of the official Theodor Herzl Memorial, located in Freedom Square Park in Queens.  See:

AZM BIENNIAL ASSEMBLY & LEADERSHIP: At the AZM Biennial Assembly on March 5-6, 2017 in NYC, with 175 participants, new leadership for AZM was elected, including the following officers: Richard D. Heideman, President, Francine Stein, Chair of the AZM National Board; Marlene Post (VP for Fundraising Development), Paul Golomb (VP for Programs), Marilyn Wind (VP for Inter-Organizational Affairs) and Alan Silberman (VP for WZO Relations).  Each is in the process of building out their portfolios, including working with various Committees that have been or are in the process of being established.

AZM Executive Director, Herbert Block began in his role in March 2017, succeeding Karen Rubinstein, who was named Executive Director Emerita upon her retirement.  Alicia Post was named AZM Program Director in April 2017.

video of Richard Heideman’s acceptance speech and written remarks as incoming President are available online. Click here for selected press links.    

AZM Treasurer Jim Schiller has revamped our fiscal accounting and reporting functions and prepared an initial 2018 budget draft submitted for early review by the AZM National Board at its November, 2017 meeting.

AZM Secretary, Shelley Sherman, has prepared extensive minutes of all the meetings of both the AZM National Board and the AZM Leadership Cabinet.

AZM LEADERSHIP CABINET:  The AZM Leadership Cabinet has met March 30, May 17, June 20, July 11, September 14, October 17, and December 21 and will convene monthly in 2018.

AZM NATIONAL BOARD:  The AZM National Board met on March 6, June 5, September 14, November 16 and will next convene in March 2018

AZM PRESIDENTS & EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS:  We have convened meetings of the AZM Presidents & Executive Directors of the various member/affiliate/youth organizations.  This new forum, convened on June 5, July 11 and September 12, has proven valuable in exchanging ideas and in expanding the thinking on issues as we strive to address concerns of the various organizations within the spectrum of AZM. The next meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2018.

PROGRAMS:  AZM has sponsored or participated in the following additional programs during the past 10 months; 

  • Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of UN Partition Resolution – Queens, NY (11/28)
  • Balfour Celebration, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem, Israel (11/2)
  • Celebrate Israel Parade – Zionist contingent float (6/4)
  • L’Chaim Yerushalayim, sponsored by the World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem (5/23)
  • Yom Yerushalayim commemoration – MD (5/23)
  • Anniversary of Reunification of Jerusalem – Capitol Hill (5/17)
  • Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut Flag Raising Ceremony – Bowling Green, NY (5/1)
  • Ambassadors Against BDS – UN (3/29)

AZM and WZO:  AZM is working closely with the WZO on multiple activities and recently hosted Avraham Duvdevani, Chairman of the WZO as guest speaker at the AZM National Board Meeting; Yaakov Hagoel, Deputy Chairman of the WZO at the Symposium on AntiZionism = Antisemitism; Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, Chair of the Department of Diaspora Affairs of the WZO, at a special meeting of AZM Presidents, Executive Directors and Leadership; and Dr. Esther Serok, North American Represe of the WZO Executive at the Herzl in the Park program.

AZM COMMITTEES/TASK FORCES/WORKING GROUPS/INITIATIVES:  AZM has created, or is in the process of appointing, leaders to participate in various AZM Task Forces, Working Groups and Initiatives.  Interested leaders can self-nominate, or recommend others, to join the following groups being considered by the AZM Leadership Cabinet:

  • Communications and Website
  • Constitution (WZO and AZM) – Chair, Alan Silberman, AZM Vice President
  • Fundraising & Resource Development – Chair, Marlene Post, AZM Vice President
  • Israel 70thAnniversary – Alicia Post, AZM Program Director
  • Membership Outreach Initiative – Chair, Salomon Vaz Dias
  • Membership Organizations – Chair, Marilyn Wind, AZM Vice President
  • Policy Review Task Force – Chair, Dan Mariaschin, Executive VP, BBI
  • Programs and Events – Chair, Rabbi Paul Golomb, AZM Vice President
  • Washington National Conference Planning – Chairs Rabbi Paul Golomb, Heidi Krizer Daroff, Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman
  • Youth Development, Young Leadership and Education
  • American Zionist Shabbat Planning
  • Strategic Planning Implementation – Chair, Moishe Smith
  • AZM Personnel and Administration Committee – Chair, Harvey Blitz

AZM FUNDRAISING DEVELOPMENT:  For AZM to succeed, we must increase our fundraising and development resources.  That means contributions, grants, bequests.  Thank you for your support.  Please make your own contribution and solicit others.

AZM STRATEGIC PLANNING:  In September 2016 AZM adopted a new Strategic Plan, which is being used to guide the organization’s ongoing work and will be updated in 2018 as we review our progress and shape our future plans and  growth.

WZO RELATIONS: Under the leadership of Alan Silberman, AZM VP for WZO Relations AZM has been actively involved in discussions on revisions to the WZO Constitution and Regulations and has presented many items to the WZO for its consideration.  AZM leadership also fully and actively participated in the Zionist General Council (Vaad HaPoel) meeting in Israel at the end of October together with many from our organizations and others.  Throughout the year AZM leaders and staff had numerous meetings and discussions with the WZO Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Department Heads and other officials, both in Jerusalem and in New York.

COMMUNAL ORGANIZATIONAL INVOLVEMENT: AZM leadership has participated in meetings of the following organizations of which it is a member: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; AIPAC National Council; National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry; and, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

MEETINGS and OUTREACH:   The new staff of AZM have been meeting individually with each of the 25 AZM constituent organizations in order to learn more about their work and how they can best be connected to programs and mission of AZM.  Staff have also met with many other national Jewish and pro-Israel organizations in order to brief them about AZM and connect our activities.  Staff have also developed connections with colleagues at Zionist federations in countries across the world.  AZM hopes to share resources with Zionist federations in other English-speaking nations and is working to develop an alliance with the other North American Zionist federations located in Canada and Mexico.

HELYN B. REICH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND:  Reich scholarships are awarded each fall and spring to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or attend post-college long-term programs. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, pro-Israel activity in their personal lives, and a dedicated commitment to future involvement with the Jewish and Zionist community in the United States.  The latest class of award recipients was announced in September 2017.  Read more at:

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2018 scholarship is January 10, 2018.

AMERICAN ZIONIST YOUTH COUNCIL (AZYC): This initiative, funded by WZO and operated through AZM, brings together the leadership of the Zionist youth movements and other national Jewish youth organizations in America, for coordination of activities and joint programs.  Read about AZYC March 2017 Shabbaton here.  An upcoming Shabbaton is planned for March 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

AZM LEADERSHIP MEMORANDA:  AZM has issued transmittals throughout the year to our complete mailing list and the following Leadership Memoranda to a broad list of AZM leaders from its Board, Zionist and Jewish organizations and other communal leaders:  

PUBLIC STATEMENTS:  AZM has released various public statements on selected issues, including:

  • American Zionist Movement President applauds the President’s announcement on Jerusalem as “a bold act in the spirit of Zionism that rectifies a historic wrong” December 6, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • House unanimously passes Balfour Centennial Resolution While American Zionist Movement Meets in Washington November 26, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • On 100th anniversary of Balfour, the American Zionist Movement conference will reenergize and rebrand Zionism November 2, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • The American Zionist Movement launches the American Zionist Shabbat initiative calling Zionism and Judaism inseparable October 24, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • With Zionism Under Assault American Jewish and Israeli Dignitaries gathered in NYC to Celebrate the Birth of the Movement August 28, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • AZM Denounces Richard Spencer Calling Himself a “White Zionist” August 17, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • 75 Years after Historic Biltmore Conference, AZM Launches “Year of Zionist Anniversaries” May 11, 2017 | Read Full Text

On June 29th AZM sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding the controversy concerning the Kotel. The letter can be seen here;

AZM IN THE NEWS — PRESS INTERVIEWS AND COVERAGE:  We have had numerous press articles, listed here:  

  • It’s Time To Stop Excusing Palestinian Violence (The Forward) December 11, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Jewish groups applaud historic US recognition of J’lem as Israel’s capital (The Jerusalem Post) December 6, 2017 – Trump announces US moving embassy to Jerusalem Abbas slams Trump Jerusalem move as ‘condemned, unacceptable’ | Read Full Text
  • Debate Continued on Facebook live (WUSA9) December 6, 2017 | Watch
  • #OffScriptOn9: Heated debate over whether US should recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital(WUSA9) December 6, 2017 | Watch Video
  • People in the News—Dec. 6, 2017—Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads (The Legal Intelligencer) December 6, 2017 – Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner David Dormont spoke at the American Zionist Movement Washington national conference. | Read Full Text
  • THE RUNDOWN | Will Trump fulfill promise to move embassy? (i24NEWS) December 1, 2017 | Watch Video
  • AZM Conference Examines Zionism Across the Aisle and the Religious Spectrum (Kol HaBirah) November 30, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Balfour Declaration +100: Israel Perseveres and Prospers (Jihad Watch) November 30, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Welcome To The Post Modern Anti-Semitism Debate (The Forward) November 29, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • THE RUNDOWN | Res. 181: partition of land between Jews, Arabs (i24NEWS) November 29, 2017 | Watch Video
  • 70th anniversary of ‘Partition Plan’ marked in New York (European Jewish Press) November 29, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Rebranding Zionism: Israel and Judaism are inseparable (The Jerusalem Post) November 25, 2017 | Read Full Text | View pdf (Jerusalem Report-The Jerusalem Post)
  • US House honors Balfour Declaration centennial with pro-Israel resolution (The Jerusalem Post) November 18, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • American Zionist Shabbat initiative aims to shift conversation about Israel (The Jerusalem Post) October 26, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Zionism and Judaism are Inseparable in American Zionist Shabbat Initiative (The Jewish Press – October 24, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Celebrating the First Zionist Congress (Queens Chronicle) August 31, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • In KGH, Jewish Community Leaders Celebrate Herzl, 120thAnniversary Of First Zionist Congress (Queens Jewish Link) August 30, 2017 | Read Full Text | Click for Community Snapshots
  • Zionism Under Assault (New York Jewish Life) August 30, 2017 – Leaders Gather in NYC to mark the birth of a movement | Read Full Text
  • US Jewish leaders from right to left back metal detectors on Temple Mount ( July 21, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Moving Zionism Forward: A Conversation with the President of the American Zionist Movement (Patheos) June 15, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Jewish Survival Through Jewish Unity, Theme of New AZM President (JewishPress) May 17, 2017 – Heideman’s task will be to fashion unity from a widely-disparate consortium of Zionists | Read Full Text
  • Zionism Forward (JPost) April 25, 2017 – Why are American Jews so fazed by the question- Are you a Zionist? | Read Full Text
  • New AZM President (LIJW) March 31-April 6, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Four Questions: Herbert Block (New York Jewish Life) March 21, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • Ex-Louisvillian elected president of AZM (Jewish Louisville) March 17, 2017 | Read Full Text
  • ‘News and analysis’ (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) March 10, 2017 – Grist and American Zionist Movement Name New Top Executives | Read Full Text
  • ‘Impact of BDS is worse than most people Realize’ (JPost) February 26, 2017 – Richard D. Heideman, one of the foremost legal experts on fighting the BDS movement, seeks to repair the tarnished name of Zionism | Read Full Text


The following additional announcements were sent by email to AZM’s contact list:

December 22, 2017: Deadline approaching, Register Today for 2018 March of the Living AZM-WZO Delegation:

December 20, 2017: Dedication:

December 17, 2017: Shavua Tov. Give Chanukah Gelt for Zionism Today.

December 14, 2017: Miracle of Giving: Your gift will ensure the future of Zionism in America

December 13, 2017: American Zionist Chanukah Appeal

December 7, 2017: Embrace the past. Ensure the future. Join us on March of the Living

November 28, 2017: A #GivingTuesday Thank You from AZM – Pictures, Videos and a Congressional Resolution!

November 20, 2017: RSVP Required: Symposium on Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism 11/28

November 2, 2017: 100 Years Ago Today, Celebrate Balfour with AZM

October 27, 2017: Two Great Ways to Celebrate Zionism, Shabbat and Israel

October 22, 2017: Announcing: American Zionist Shabbat –

October 20, 2017: Speakers & Schedule Announced – Zionism Forward in the Spirit of Balfour

October 4, 2017: Help AZM Build our Zionist Sukkah

September 29, 2017: Registration is Open – AZM Washington National Conference

September 26, 2017: Support AZM in 5778: Move Zionism Forward

September 19, 2017: How Will You Celebrate Zionism in 5778?

September 3, 2017: Herzl’s Vision, Today’s Reality – 120 Years & Counting: Israel > Zionism Forward

August 24, 2017: This Monday Celebrate Zionism 120: RSVP Now

August 15, 2017: Join us 8/28: Celebrate 120 years since Herzl’s Zionist Congress:

July 18, 2017: 70 Years Ago Today: Exodus Commemoration:

June 20, 2017: Moving Zionism Forward:

June 2, 2017: Celebrate Israel with AZM – Sunday, June 4th:

May 19, 2017: Celebrate Jerusalem Day in Potomac, MD – May 23rd:

April 27, 2017: NY area Yom Hazikron & Yom Ha’atzmaut Events:

April 26, 2017: Zionism Forward, Today’s Jerusalem Post:

April 6, 2017: Passover Greetings, Zionism Forward:

March 23, 2017: Join AZM at the UN on 3/29, Ambassadors Against BDS: 




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Symposium Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) in cooperation with The Center for Diaspora Communications & Countering AntiSemitism of The World Zionist Organization (WZO) held a Symposium on Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism on November 28, 2017 in New York City.  View Symposium Program.

View Source Book, Symposium Video, Photos, and Recordings (in English and Hebrew below)

This symposium was convened in conjunction with a delegation of Israeli Mayors and municipal officials visiting New York City, under the auspices of the WZO. The program and visit coincided with the commemoration at the United Nations of the 70th anniversary of the Partition vote on November 29, 1947 which preceded the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948. This event was made possible through the support of the World Zionist Organization.

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PROGRAM: Symposium on Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism



Panelists include:

  • Betty Ehrenberg, Executive Director, World Jewish Congress American Section

  • Ira Forman, Former US State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat AntiSemitism

  • Yaakov Hagoel, Vice Chairman, World Zionist Organization

  • Richard D. Heideman, President, American Zionist Movement

  • Yossie Hollander, Philanthropist and Activist

  • Kenneth Jacobson, Deputy National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

  • Dr. Charles A. Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global AntiSemitism and Policy





The Balfour Gala at The Embassy of Israel



FOR RELEASE: On 100th anniversary of Balfour, the American Zionist Movement conference will reenergize and rebrand Zionism


On 100th anniversary of Balfour, the American Zionist Movement conference will reenergize and reclaim Zionism

(Monday, November 6, 2017):   The American Zionist Movement (AZM) will convene its National Conference in Washington, DC from November 15-17, 2017, taking place during “Zionism Anniversaries Month” and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution, two key events in the path to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

The conference, with over 50 presenters, will feature key speakers including Ambassador Ron Dermer; Baroness Ruth Deech; Malcolm Hoenlein;  Col.(ret.) Richard Kemp; Brig.Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser; Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman: and Richard D. Heideman.  The program includes panels, discussions and briefings on Israel and Zionism, and special events, including The Balfour Gala hosted at The Embassy of Israel, and sessions on Capitol Hill featuring a Congressional and Diplomatic Luncheon honoring Ambassador Dermer. For more information, including a list of speakers and tentative schedule, visit

Richard D. Heideman, President of AZM, said “Zionism, the term and the ideology, is under attack like never before. The American Zionist Movement is leading a campaign to reenergize Zionism and remind the world of the historical  connections and rights  of the Jewish people in the ancient land of Israel, as context for the modern State of Israel. On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which led to widespread international acceptance and support for national sovereignty for the Jewish People in their indigenous and ancestral land, this conference will reclaim the rich history of the Zionist movement in the U.S., among decision-makers, opinion-shapers and all Americans.”

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WHO:              American Zionist Movement—including over 25 member and affiliate organizations—in partnership with the World Zionist Organization and the Balfour Initiative of the Israel Forever Foundation.

WHAT:           Washington National Conference—speakers, panels, Gala at Israeli Embassy, and Congressional and Diplomatic Luncheon on Capitol Hill honoring Ambassador Ron Dermer

WHEN:           November 15-17, 2017

WHERE:        Liaison Hotel                                   Embassy of Israel                           Capitol Hill

                       415 New Jersey Ave NW               3514 International Dr NW             HCVC 201AB

                       Washington, DC 20001                  Washington, DC 20008                  

                       See conference schedule at:                                


The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is comprised of 25 national Jewish Zionist organizations and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel. 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 Member Organizations: American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry • Ameinu • AMIT Children • ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) • Aytzim • Bnai Zion  • Hadassah – The Women’s  Zionist  Organization of  America  • Herut – N.A. • MERCAZ USA – Zionist  Organization of  Conservative  Judaism • NA’AMAT – USA  • Partners for  Progressive  Israel • Religious Zionists of America • Zionist Organization of America    Affiliated Organizations: Baltimore Zionist District • B’nai B’rith International •Emunah of America • Friends of the Israel Scouts • Israel Forever Foundation • Jewish National Fund   Zionist Youth Movements: • American Zionist Youth Council • B’nei Akiva • BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) • Habonim Dror •  Hashomer Hatzair • NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) •  USY ( United Synagogue Youth) •  Young Judaea



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FOR RELEASE: American Zionist Shabbat initiative

The American Zionist Movement launches the American Zionist Shabbat initiative calling Zionism and Judaism inseparable

(Tuesday, October 24, 2017) – Today, the American Zionist Movement (AZM), the American federation of Zionist groups and individuals affiliated with the World Zionist Organization, launched the American Zionist Shabbat initiative and sourcebook which will celebrate major Zionist milestones over the period of each Shabbat from Parshiot Lech Lecha to Vayishlach (October 28, 2017 through December 2, 2017). These weeks coincide with the Shabbat before the Centennial of the Balfour Declaration issued on November 2, 1917 until the Shabbat after the commemoration of 70 years since the United Nations Partition Resolution adoption which occurred on November 29, 1947 (8 Cheshvan- 14 Kislev 5778). 

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AZM has begun this initiative in order to achieve greater dialogue within American Jewry on the significance of Zionism and its continuing relevance to the Jewish people and community. The materials and program will be distributed to community rabbis to speak about Zionism in their sermons, and writings; to assist day schools, yeshivot and Hebrew schools in connecting their students to Zionism as related to the weekly Torah readings; and, to assist congregations, community organizations and Jewish institutions which will share materials and encourage programs and discussions on Zionism.

“This week in Lech Lecha we learn that the first commandment given to a Jew relates to Israel and Zionism. Indeed, Zionism and Judaism are inseparable and we need to ensure that all Jews who are celebrating Shabbat around the world incorporate our common love for Israel – the land, the people and the culture – in the spirit of the unity of the Jewish people,” Richard D. Heideman, President of the AZM, said. “Unfortunately, for some, Zionism has become a dirty word and idea.   However, if Zionism is a dirty word then Judaism must be likewise, because all of our Jewish sources, tradition and culture revolve around Israel, it is impossible to separate one from the other. We are working to ensure that the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in our national, ancestral and indigenous homeland becomes a central part of the lives of all Jews, in Israel and throughout the diaspora.”

The AZM has compiled this initial virtual American Zionist Shabbat Sourcebook, drawn from materials developed and shared by our AZM organizations and others, in order to provide a resource for conversations on Zionism during this period of celebrating, implementing and expanding upon the concept of an American Zionist Shabbat.

“Shabbat is a time when Jews come together,” Herbert Block, Executive Director of the AZM, said. “The AZM hopes that a Zionist Shabbat will unite diverse supporters of Israel around the same “Shabbat table” to discuss why Zionism is so important for our Land and People.”

At the upcoming AZM National Conference in Washington on November 15-17, where Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will address a Congressional Luncheon and where The Balfour Gala will celebrate one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, there will be a session of dialogue among Rabbis from across the religious spectrum, which will include a discussion on incorporating the themes of the American Zionist Shabbat.  The session will be called “Zionism Across the Spectrum” and will be chaired by AZM Past President, Rabbi Vernon Kurtz.  That session, and many others including leaders selected from AZM organizations, will be announced shortly.  Details of the conference can be seen at

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), including 25 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.

For further information, please contact:

Herbert Block, AZM Executive Director
212-318-6100 ext 6946