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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • News Brief

    Close to 50,000 people have voted so far in the World Zionist Organization elections. With the registration deadline approaching on Feb. 15, the number represents a little more than half of those who voted in the last elections in 2002. Voters cast ballots ( for representatives to the WZO’s 35th Congress of the Jewish People,… More ▸

  • As It Prepares for an Election, WZO Seeks to Assert Its Relevance

    Earlier this year, Yossi Beilin, leader of Israel’s Meretz-Yahad Party, called for the establishment of an assembly of Jewish lawmakers from around the world to address issues of consequence to global Jewry. Beilin’s call echoed an idea two years earlier from Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who recommended creating a “second chamber” of the Knesset to… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Elections got under way for U.S. representatives to the World Zionist Organization’s 35th Congress of the Jewish People in Israel. Voting began Tuesday and will run through Feb. 28. Twelve different slates are running for the 145 available slots. More ▸