Zionist Organization of America

  • Behind the Headlines: Labor Party Sources Confident Their Man Will Win Top Zionist Post

    Akiva Lewinsky, nominated unanimously by the Labor Party Central Committee last week as Labor’s candidate for the chairmanship of the world Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, “is virtually certain of election” at the 31st World Zionist Congress to be held here in December, according to Labor Party sources. They base their confidence mainly on… More ▸

  • Parties Espousing Religious Pluralism Gain in Zionist Congress Elections

    Results of the American elections to the World Zionist Congress indicate a substantial victory for Zionist parties promoting religious pluralism in Israel and losses for all traditional parties except Friends of Labor Israel. Two parties running on the platform of religious pluralism — MERCAZ, the newly formed organization for Conservative Judaism; and ARZA, the Association… More ▸

  • Orthodox Groups Tell Jewish Agency to Stay out of Law of Return Issue

    The heads of five major Orthodox groups in the U.S. have accused the Jewish Agency of applying unwarranted pressure on Premier Yitzhak Shamir to refrain from initiating legislation that would affect the status of non-Orthodox conversions in Israel. In a letter to Jerold Hoffberger of Baltimore, chairman of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, the… More ▸

  • 23 U.S. Jewish Organizations Urge Shamir to Spurn Deal Amending Law of Return

    The leaders of 23 national Jewish organizations protested vigorously to Israel government leaders and key members of the Knesset this week against any political deal that would give the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate of Israel sole authority to determine the validity of conversions to Judaism performed outside Israel. A cabled message warning that such a move… More ▸

  • Election of Delegates to the Zionist Congress is Under Way

    Close to a million ballots were mailed within the last week to members of American Zionist organizations to elect delegates to the 31st World Zionist Congress which will open in Jerusalem on December 7, it was announced here by the American Zionist Federation (AZF), the umbrella group for all the Zionist membership organizations in the… More ▸

  • Black South African Women Inspired by a Tour of Israel

    A move to improve relations with South Africa’s Black community was undertaken recently by NA’AMAT and the Afro-Asian Institute of Histadrut. From all indications, the effort was successful. Thirty-one representatives of the Organization of Black South African Women, an umbrella group encompassing five organizations, came to Israel as the guests of the two Israeli organizations… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewish Emigration Figures Gladden Two Jewish Organizations

    Two national Jewish organizations said Wednesday they were heartened by reports from Moscow that 400 Jews will have been allowed to leave the Soviet Union by the end of March, but stressed their reservations over whether this “welcome step” signified a meaningful change of policy or a gesture aimed at improving the Soviet image. Alan… More ▸

  • Hadassah Leaders Press USSR to Free Ida Nudel

    Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, pressed the Soviet Union Monday to permit Jewish activist and refusenik Ida Nudel to emigrate to Israel. Three thousand Hadassah leaders, here to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary, endorsed a statement adopted by the Hadassah National Board urging that the Soviets allow Nudel “to achieve her dream and… More ▸

  • Funding Israel Outside Established Channels Attacked by Zionist Assembly

    The American Zionist Federation (AZF) biennial convention here last week unanimously passed a resolution deploring allocation of Jewish community funds outside established channels. The measure obviously was a reaction to the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s (JCF) recent decision to bypass the Jewish Agency by allocating $100,000 directly to projects in Israel — even though… More ▸