World Zionist Organization

  • Decades After Their Deaths, Bodies of Herzl’s Children Brought to Israel

    More than a century ago, Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, sat down to write his will. His heart was growing weaker and he feared his end might be near. He stipulated his desire to be buried in the Jewish state — once it was established — alongside his children. On Wednesday, two coffins… More ▸

  • U.S. Activists Outraged As Israel Proposes Cutting Falash Mura Aliyah

    Israel’s Finance Ministry is proposing substantial cuts to Ethiopian immigration next year as part of widespread belt-tightening following Israel’s war in Lebanon. The plan, announced Tuesday as part of Israel’s proposed budget for 2007, would halve the number of Ethiopian immigrants brought to Israel per month, to 150 from the current rate of 300. If… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The World Zionist Organization is planning pro-Israel rallies around the world over the next week. The group is planning events in some 40 cities, said David Breakstone, head of the organization’s Zionist activities department. More ▸

  • With Soldier Still in Captivity, Jews Around World Say: ‘free Gilad Now’

    With Israeli and international efforts continuing to free a 19-year-old soldier captured in a Palestinian raid and held hostage in Gaza, Jews around the world are sending the message, “Free Gilad Now.” In New York, Washington, Ottawa and Santiago, Chile, thousands of protesters called on the Palestinians and Syria — which hosts some of the… More ▸

  • Green Alliance Sprouts Up at World Zionist Congress

    For the first time, the World Zionist Congress passed resolutions on recycling and clean rivers thanks to one of the newest players in the arena – the Green Zionist Alliance. An umbrella group of Jewish environmental organizations in the United States, the alliance hopes to influence Israel’s environmental policy through its affiliation with the World… More ▸

  • News Brief

    * Ze’ev Bielski was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the World Zionist Organization. Hagai Merom was elected as the organization’s treasurer. Next week the two are scheduled to be elected as chairman and treasurer, respectively, of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Delegates at the World Zionist Congress on Thursday also elected the 32 members of… More ▸

  • Under Herzl’s Gaze, Zionist Congress Emphasizes Need to Empower Youth

    On a sun-drenched window ledge, three young European delegates to the Zionist World Congress sit poring over resolutions on anti-Semitism and Zionist education, debating which ones to oppose and which to support. Dana Landau, 21, from Zurich, and Jeremy Uhr, 25, and Ilan Tojerow, 29, both from Brussels, are among the younger generation of faces… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Zionist Congress Works for Future by Reflecting on Its Storied Past

    Theodor Herzl launched his vision of a Jewish state at the First Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland. More than a century later, Israel exists — and so does the congress Herzl launched. Under the banner “The Dream Still Matters,” more than 2,000 representatives from across the globe will gather in Jerusalem from June… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Ehud Olmert officially called on the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization to continue in his post. Zeev Bielski was elected last year and will be up for re-election at the WZO Congress at the end of June. It’s not clear who might run against Bielski, a former mayor… More ▸