Hatikvah Slate on the News:

As Zionist Elections Get Underway, the Battle for Progressives’ Votes Heats Up

The New York Jewish Week, Jan 22,2020

Competition for progressive Jewish votes is heating up as balloting opens in the World Zionist Congress elections.

The elections, held every five years, offer Jews outside of Israel the rare opportunity to vote on issues there that reflect their values — specifically, by picking delegates to a global “parliament” that chooses leadership for three Israeli quasi-governmental organizations that control approximately $1 billion in annual funding...

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PeaceCast - Voting Peace at the WZO

Americans For Peace Now Podcast, Jan 22 2020

Hadar Susskind is a longtime activist and Jewish nonprofit professional. Currently, he is the campaign director for Hatikvah Slate, a slate that several progressive Jewish organizations – including Americans for Peace Now – have put together to run for the World Zionist Congress.

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The Most Important Jewish Election Nobody’s Heard Of

Moment Magazine, Nathan Guttman, Jan 20,2020

You can just feel the tension in the air. Millions of Jews all across the world are getting ready to fulfill their democratic duty and send in their ballots. And it all starts this week.

Wait, you’re not excited about the World Zionist Congress elections?

Oh, you mean you’ve never heard of the World Zionist Congress? Or any of the 15 slates vying to represent American Jews in the WZC?

Well, you’re not alone.

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8 Minnesotans Vying For World Zionist Congress Delegate Spots

Tc|Jewfolk, Lonny Goldsmith, Jan 20,2020

Rabbi Michael Latz quotes Hamilton when asked why he wanted to be on the Hatikvah: Progressive Israel Slate for the World Zionist Congress elections: “’We need to be in the room where it happens.’ Especially with a billion dollars at stake.”

The World Zionist Congress is the legislative body of the World Zionist Organization, which Theodore Herzl founded in 1897. The WZC meets every five years in Jerusalem, and, as Latz referenced, makes the allocation decisions on roughly one billion dollars in funding.

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Anti-occupation, Pro-religious Pluralism Activists Aim Big in World Zionist Congress Vote

Haaretz, Dina Kraft, Jan 20,2020

Over 122 years since Theodor Herzl founded what is today known as the World Zionist Organization – the gathering that launched the movement to create a Jewish national home – Jewish American progressives are running together for the group’s congress at a time when Zionism and progressivism can seem at odds.

The name of the slate is Hatikvah, Hebrew for “The Hope” and later the title of the poem that became Israel’s national anthem. Hatikvah aims to have an impact on the organization that allots $1 billion annually to Jewish causes, though some of the money has gone to settlement building in the West Bank – something the new slate hopes to block.

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“Hatikvah” Means “the Hope” in Hebrew. For These Two Hatikvah Slate Members, It Also Means Integrity.

JewishSchool.com

“Hatikvah means “the hope” in Hebrew. For these two members of the Hatikvah slate of candidates for the World Zionist Congress, who come from different backgrounds, generations, and professions, “hatikvah” also means “integrity.”

The Challenges For Molly Wernick, it began when she arrived on her college campus in the late ‘00s after spending a gap year on a Habonim Dror program in Israel. During that year, she lived in Akko, taught in the Israeli Arab community, and grew to understand the nuances of, not only the Israeli Arab experience, but also Israeli and Palestinian experiences more broadly. Yet when she got to campus for her freshman year, she was confronted with activists telling her Israel was, in essence, responsible for genocide and that any connection she had to Israel was problematic.

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Diaspora Jews Have Their Say: World Zionist Congress 2020

Jewish Exponent (January 15, 2020)

The World Zionist Congress, in a sentence: “Nobody knows what it is,” laughed Mort Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America and a WZC delegate-candidate.

Though that is perhaps a bit of hyperbole — 56,000 people voted in the last election — Klein was speaking to a true blind-spot for many Jews across the world when he characterized the general lack of knowledge relating to the WZC.

The WZC, a 500-delegate legislative body, is the major voice of the Diaspora in Israel, according to Judge Abraham Gafni, a professor at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law and chairman of the U.S. Area Election Committee of the American Zionist Movement. The delegates, made up of Jews from all over the Diaspora, have decision-making power and influence with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish National Fund and the World Zionist Organization. Those organizations and their significant funds will, in turn, have serious impacts on Jewish life in Israel, in every sector — education, security, immigration, religious authority and more.

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Zionist critic runs for Zionist Congress

Jewish Standard (January 9, 2020)

Peter Beinart entered the American Jewish communal conversation in 2010 with an article in the New York Review of Books, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.”

There, the already former editor of the New Republic argued that by ignoring Israel’s continuing occupation of the West Bank, Jewish leadership was alienating a generation of young American Jews. He expanded his argument in his 2012 book, “The Crisis of Zionism.”

Mr. Beinart, who now is a professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a member of an Orthodox partnership minyan in Manhattan, wrote from the position of the Zionist left, advocating for a Palestinian state while supporting a strong Israel. Now he has made his Zionism official; he is number 14 on the Hatikvah slate for the Zionist Congress elections being held later this month. (He also is speaking in Teaneck this weekend; see box.) The Zionist Congress, founded by Theodor Herzl in 1898, guides policy for the World Zionist Organization and other Jewish institutions, including the Jewish Agency for Israel. 

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An expression of Jewish nationalism

Jewish News (December 31, 2019)

Within our tradition, there are a number of ways of looking at Judaism. It’s founded, of course, upon a belief system with religious components, but it’s also composed of social, cultural, intellectual, political and national characteristics. Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan pulled them all together when he described Judaism as a civilization.

In the late 19th century, Jewish national identity took a political form through the Zionist movement, which ultimately succeeded in establishing the State of Israel. Known to many of us as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, Zionism still plays an important role in how Jews around the world express their ongoing concern for the safety and welfare of the Jewish people.

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"Vying for seats at World Zionist Congress, liberal newcomers like Peter Beinart hope to block Israeli settlements funding"

By Ron Kampeas (December 24, 2019)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The list includes names like Peter Beinart, the liberal writer; Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of the liberal Middle East policy group J Street; and Sheila Katz, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.

No, it’s not an ad for a symposium on the Upper East Side, but a slate of first-time candidates seeking seats in the 38th World Zionist Congress, the legislative authority of a 120-year-old Zionist organization that helps determine the fate of $1 billion in spending on Jewish causes.

Elections, which are open to Jews 18 and over anywhere in the world, are held every five years. The next ones will be held between Jan. 21 and March 11...

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