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AZM’s Diplomatic Mission to Poland and Israel 2018

Members of the Diplomatic delegation, with the President and Prime Minister of Israel (more photos below)

 

The American Zionist Movement’s Diplomatic Mission to Israel and to the March of the Living in Poland including 40 ambassadors to the United Nations.

 

From April 10-20, 2018 a delegation of 40 Ambassadors to United Nations participated in the AZM Diplomatic Mission to Israel and to the March of the Living in Poland, on a trip arranged by AZM together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representatives to the UN. The Ambassadors, from all the UN Regional Groups, and representing a quarter of the countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations, came from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. The diplomats marked Yom HaShoah by participating in the March of the Living in Auschwitz-Birkenau and in Krakow. The delegation then toured Israel and met with officials before celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding on Yom HaAtzmaut in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

 

Read the AZM Press Releases on the Delegation: 

  • Photo Release: Visiting UN Ambassadors Meet Rivlin & Netanyahu on Independence Day April 19, 2018 | View Photo & Caption
  • Forty UN Ambassadors Visting Israel During 70th Anniversary April 17, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN Ambassadors Visit Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah with AZM Diplomatic Delegation April 12, 2018  | Read Full Text

 

Read some of the Media Coverage on the

Diplomatic Mission: 

 

  • FORTY U.N. AMBASSADORS BRING IN ISRAEL’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY  Led by UN Ambassador Danny Danon, 40 ambassadors from Europe, Latin America and Africa participated in an event held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. (Jerusalem Post > Israel’s 70th anniversary) April 20, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Forty UN Ambassadors Visiting Israel During 70th Anniversary (Jewish Press) April 20, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN Ambassadors visit Israel as part of largest delegation ever (Ynet News) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • 40 Ambassadors to the United Nations visit Israel (Times of Israel) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • 40 UN Ambassadors visit Israel as nation celebrates 70th anniversary (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Forty UN Ambassadors Tour Israel, Meet Pols During 70th Anniversary Celebrations (The Algemeiner) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Forty UN ambassadors tour Israel, meet pols during 70th-anniversary celebrations (Jewish News Service) April 17, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • 40 UN Ambassadors Tour Israel (Five Towns Jewish Times) April 17, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Diary from the 30th March of the Living (JPost) April 14, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN Ambassadors Join ‘March of the Living’ at Auschwitz (Breaking Israel News) April 14, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN ambassadors visit Auschwitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jewish News Service) April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text (JewishWebsite) Read Full Text
  • UN ambassadors visit Auschwitz- On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the American Zionist Movement brings UN ambassadors to Auschwitz (Arutz Sheva) April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Led by Israel’s President Rivlin, thousands attend March of Living in Poland (The Times of Israel) April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Thirty years of the March of the Living (The John Batchelor Show) Featuring Monica Crowley, Malcolm Hoenlein and AZM President Richard D. Heideman; April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text

 

Members of the Diplomatic delegation at Auschwitz

Members of the Diplomatic delegation at the Western Wall (Kotel)

Members of the Diplomatic delegation in Jerusalem

 

 

Letter from the Prime Minister of Israel

 

We are pleased to share with you the following message from Prime Minister Netanyahu:

 

UN Ambassadors Visit Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah with AZM Diplomatic Delegation

Thursday, April 12, 2018

(Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland):   Ambassadors to the United Nations from Africa, Europe and Latin America visited, Auschwitz-Birkenau the Nazi concentration camps, in Poland today and participated in the 30th annual March of the Living under the auspices of the American Zionist Movement (AZM).  The delegation, convened together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representatives to the UN, is part of a larger Diplomatic Mission of forty Ambassadors to the UN, who are visiting Poland this week and will be joining the delegation in Israel next week for Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day).

Richard D. Heideman, AZM President, said: “This Diplomatic Mission takes on great meaning in the year when we commemorate Israel’s 70th anniversary and just recently marked the important role of the UN Partition Resolution on November 29, 1947, an important day in our history.  As many remember the odious Zionism=Racism Resolution of the UN, the fact that Ambassadors to the UN are marching together in Poland and Israel under the auspices of The American Zionist Movement is especially significant. This delegation will gain a greater appreciation for Israel’s positive contributions, help improve Israel’s standing within the UN and help build greater ties for the Jewish people among diplomatic leaders from many nations.”

Ambassador Danny Danon said: “As we witness an increase in anti-Semitism around the world, and dangerous attempts to rewrite history, now more than ever we must ensure that the memories of the survivors pass on to the next generation.  By joining us on this meaningful march, UN ambassadors from around the world are speaking out against antisemitism and sending a message to all those who peddle in hatred.”

The delegation arrived in Krakow on Wednesday and toured the historic synagogues and Jewish Quarter and visited the Krakow Jewish Community Center.  They participated in a Yom HaShoah commemorative ceremony, which concluded with the singing of Hatikvah, the Israel national anthem, which was the song of the Zionist movement, now marking the 120th anniversary of its founding in Basel by Theodor Herzl. Leaders of the World Zionist Organization and American Forum For Israel, the organization for Russian American Jews, also joined the AZM group in Poland.  Players and officials of the Chelsea Football Club in the United Kingdom, which has launched an initiative to raise awareness of anti-Semitism, also took part in the AZM delegation.

 

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

 

 

Photo Release: Visiting UN Ambassadors Meet Rivlin & Netanyahu on Independence Day

For Immediate Release (photo below)
Thursday, April 19, 2018, Jerusalem
Contact:   Herbert Block

Photo Caption:  A delegation of forty UN Ambassadors concluded their week-long visit in Israel today with a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a diplomatic reception to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, (Independence Day) at Beit HaHassi, the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.  The Ambassadors celebrated Israel’s 70th anniversary on a visit hosted by the American Zionist Movement together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN.

Forty UN Ambassadors Visiting Israel During 70th Anniversary

 
For Immediate Release    (photo below)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Contact:   Herbert Block
 

Forty UN Ambassadors Visiting Israel During 70th Anniversary

(Jerusalem, Israel):   Forty Ambassadors to the United Nations, from a quarter of the countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations, are visiting Israel this week on a delegation organized by The American Zionist Movement in cooperation with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN.

The Ambassadors, who hail from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, covering all UN Regional Groups, are meeting government officials, touring historical, religious and strategic sites and participating in events to commemorate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the nation.

Richard D. Heideman, AZM President, said: “Seventy years after the United Nations played a key role in the founding of the State of Israel, it is significant that so many foreign Ambassadors to UN are visiting Israel to see firsthand the history and accomplishments of the country.  By being in Israel these diplomats will gain a greater appreciation for the threats and challenges which Israel faces daily, as well as an understanding of the importance of the country to the Jewish people and to all its inhabitants.  At a time when UNESCO denies the Jewish connection to Jerusalem it is important that the Ambassadors have seen the Jewish history of the city as well as the respect accorded to all faiths by Israel. Israel’s commitment to protecting access to the Holy Places and respect for people of all religions is exemplary and noteworthy to the Ambassadors.”

Ambassador Danny Danon said: “As we celebrate seventy years to our independence, it is heartening to be joined by senior representatives of so many countries from around the world. While Israel faces many challenges at the UN, we also know that we have many friends, and that this number continues to grow as more and more countries come to appreciate our beautiful thriving country and the contributions that we make to the international community.”

The delegation has met with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and visited the Western Wall, City of David and Masada.  They will be visiting towns on the Gaza Border, Yad Vashem, Christian holy sites, and meeting other senior national officials.  Last week Ambassadors on this AZM Diplomatic Mission participated in the 30th annual March of the Living in Poland in Krakow and in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Jerusalem, April 16, 2018:  Delegation of Ambassadors to the UN, visit the Kotel (Western Wall) together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representatives to the UN and Richard D. Heideman, President of the American Zionist Movement.

 

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

 


FemInIsrael 2018

Zionism and Feminism are both movements dedicated to civil rights, freedom, and self determination.

The American Zionist Movement’s mission is to strengthen the connection of American Jews with Israel as well as encourage and participate in collective action to further the cause of Zionism in the United States and abroad.

Every year in March, as the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women during Women’s History Month, AZM has brought forward an initiative called FeminIsrael created to focus on and draw attention to the achievements of Israeli women, and their tremendous contributions to the State of Israel and the world.

In March  AZM held its annual FeminIsrael programming “Celebrating Israel’s Women” through a panel chaired by Alicia Post, AZM’s Program Director, and designed by Rabbi Paul Golomb, AZM National Vice President, Programming.  Keynote remarks were given by Dr. David Breakstone, Deputy Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, and Dr. Esther Serok, World Zionist Organization North America.

The four FeminIsrael panelists – from the four Zionist women’s organizations which are members of AZM  – represent the central roles that women play in the organizations as well as for the feminist and Zionist values they all share.  Each spoke about the role their organization plays today as a Zionist and Women’s organization as well as the endless contributions that have been made throughout their history.

The panel comprised: Sondra Sokal, Past National President, Board of Governors of AMIT Children; Johanna Guttmann Herskowitz, National President of Emunah America; Ellen Hershkin, National President of Hadassah – Women’s Zionist Organization of America; and Jan Gurvitch, National Vice President Fundraising of NA’AMAT USA (pictured below).

 

AZM’s 2018 Purim connection brings Purim joy to Israel’s Border Police and children

An important aspect of Zionism is maintaining our global Jewish unity and our personal ties to the people and land of Israel. Therefore, for nearly 30 years the “Purim Connection” program of the American Zionist Movement has helped maintain that bond by providing Mishloach Manot packages to those living in and protecting Eretz Yisrael.

This year, for the 2018 Purim Connection, the American Zionist Movement collaborated with its member organizations, networks and volunteers in Israel on two exciting projects in celebration of Purim. This includes partnerships with our Purim Connection coordinating partner, the Israel Forever Foundation, along with  Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, Yashar L’Chayal, AMIT Children and Bnei Akiva.

Mishloach Manot – baskets of treats – were distributed to impoverished Israeli children and to Israel’s Border Police “Magav” (מִשְׁמַר הַגְּבוּל) to bring Purim joy to the guardians and citizens of Israel. The brave men and women of the Border Police guard and protect the State of Israel and are often the first line of defense against urban and cross-border terrorism.

Students from AMIT volunteering

The Purim baskets were distributed with the help of the Israeli organization Yad Ezra v’Shulamit whose main goal is to help end hunger among Israelis. Miri Schreiber, the volunteer coordinator of the organization, wrote to AZM the following heartfelt thank you note: “Thank you once again for helping increase the Purim joy. It was a true testament of the power of unity, bringing together different groups within the ‘Klal’ for such a beautiful case. May we continue to work together to change the face of poverty in Israel.”

 

 

 Members of the Border Police sent videos thanking AZM and our partner organizations for organizing the Purim initiative and for providing them with Mishloach Manot. Austin, a lone soldier from Colorado who drafted into the Border Police, spoke emotionally about how truly wonderful the initiative was, and how deeply appreciative their entire unit was of the caring gesture.

In addition, Amichai Bacharach from Yashar Lachayal – an organization aimed at providing support to IDF soldiers – thanked AZM by mentioning that “the soldiers were thrilled to receive them! They thought that it is amazing that so many people care about them from overseas, and they were also happy with the quality of the mishloach manot themselves.”

The Border Patrol is a special unit that is under the auspices of – but separate from – the Police Dept. of Jerusalem. They are a joint force between the army and the police, and the Border Patrol also works with officers from both. When Israeli young adults are drafted into the IDF, some are offered a job in “Magav”, which is the Border Patrol. If they accept the assignment, they are trained as specialty police officers, and technically do not serve in the IDF. The Israeli Border Police is renowned for including a large number of soldiers from minority backgrounds, being a particularly popular choice with Druze recruits, but also includes many soldiers from Arab Christian and Bedouin background.

Some go on to choose this as a career, and some move from the police dept or army into Magav, and are professionals, as opposed to those fulfilling their 3 (or 2) year national service commitment. The “magavnikim”, or border patrolmen/women do get called back for “miluim”, reserve duty, but fulfill that reserve duty within the Border Patrol, not the IDF. The Border Police has recently become among the most popular and competitive combat units for new IDF recruits, presumably because of the increase in tensions and violence in Jerusalem and surrounding areas.

Through the 2018 Purim Connection, AZM sent over 400 packages to the Border Police women and men and just as many to Israeli children that enabled them to receive some Purim joy, and we are so thankful to our supporters who allow us to carry on such meaningful projects. 

 

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