Many American Jews are concerned about what is happening in Israel, the state of relations between Israel and American Jewry and about funding for programs that they support in Israel. Now, Americans can also vote to express their opinions. The elections to the World Zionist Congress are the opportunity for Americans to ensure that their views are expressed. These elections are conducted by the American Zionist Movement, and 13 different American-based slates of candidates are running for seats in the World Zionist Congress. These slates include Reform, Conservative and Orthodox organizations, as well as secular groups, both progressive and right-wing. All members of the Jewish community in North America who are age 18 and over are invited to vote at https://azm.org/elections.
The American Zionist Movement 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 the central hub for Zionist resources in America. AZM is comprised of 33 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.
The 14 slates running in the 2020 World Zionist Congress elections are, in ballot order:
Eretz Hakodesh: Protecting the Kedusha and Mesorah of Eretz Yisrael
Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism
Israel Shelanu (Our Israel)
Orthodox Israel Coalition – Mizrachi: Vote Torah
Vision: Empowering the Next Generation
MERCAZ USA: The Voice of Conservative/Masorti Judaism
Dorshei Torah V’Tziyon: Torah and Israel for All
Hatikvah: Progressive Israel Slate
Ohavei Zion: World Sephardic Zionist Organization
Herut Zionists: The Jabotinsky Movement
ZOA Coalition: Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Torah from Sinai, MIG (Make Israel Great) & National Pro-Israel Partners – Courageously Defending Israel, Sovereignty & the Jewish People
American Forum for Israel
Americans4Israel: Unity, Peace & Security
Kol Yisrael: For the Love of Israel: Making Zionism Compelling in the 21st Century
Visit ZionistElection.org to learn more and sign up for updates. Party positions/visions, supporting organizations and lists of candidates may be found for each slate at this site.
Registration and voting opened on Jan. 21 and ends on March 11. The fee to register and vote is $7.50, or $5 for those 18-25, which goes to cover the operating costs of the election.