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  • 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 ▸

  • WZO Elections Send a Message on Pluralism — but Who’s Listening?

    America may be thousands of miles from Israel, but some here hope that the results of recent World Zionist Organization elections send a powerful signal to Israeli leaders about American Jewry’s commitment to religious pluralism in Israel. Of the 145 delegates up for grabs in balloting for the U.S. slate to the WZO’s 35th Congress… More ▸

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    The Association of Reform Zionists of America easily won elections for the American slate to the World Zionist Organization’s 35th Congress of the Jewish People. ARZA took home just over 38 percent of the 75,686 votes cast, garnering it 55 delegates to the June congress in Israel. ARZA was followed by the Religious Zionist Slate,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Voting concluded in the World Zionist Organization elections. As of Wednesday, 74,358 people had voted to select the American slate to the WZO’s 35th Congress of the Jewish People, to be held in Israel in June, said Karen Rubinstein, executive director of the American Zionist Movement. Some mail-in ballots were still expected to come in… More ▸