Why should I vote?
Because your voice matters
Because the progressive American Jewish voice matters
Because the World Zionist Congress elections are your opportunity to make that voice heard in Israel
The World Zionist Congress elections directly impact the flow of $1,000,000,000 in budget annually. That billion dollars impacts every aspect of Israeli society and global Jewish life, whether you are talking about the occupation, religious pluralism, gender equity, LGBTQ equality, environmental sustainability or economic justice.
What is the World Zionist Congress?
For 123 years, the World Zionist Congress has been the democratic assembly of the Jewish people where every Jew in the world can have a voice in the most important issues confronting the Jewish state. The Congress makes funding and policy decisions for the World Zionist Organization, and its makeup helps determine the leadership of the Jewish Agency for Israel, The Jewish National Fund, and the United Israel Appeal.
Who is HATIKVAH: Progressive Israel Slate?
The HATIKVAH: Progressive Israel Slate is comprised of leaders representing of a broad range of organizations, including ALPEH, Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair, J Street, Jewish Labor Committee, National Council of Jewish Women, New Israel Fund, Partners for Progressive Israel and T'ruah, along with Rabbis, activists, academics, artists and others who have joined together to best represent you and your vision for a progressive Israel and world Jewry.
What has Hatikvah accomplished?
At prior World Zionist Congress, Hatikvah representatives have chaired the Settlement Committee and in doing so led a successful campaign to pass a resolution endorsing a two state solution and disallowing funding over the Green Line. This happened in spite of the violent objections of right-wing extremists from other slates. Hatikvah candidates have become leaders in the WZO and Jewish Agency Executive Committees on the strength of Hatikvah’s delegation to the Congress, and those leaders are pivotal in maintaining financial support for youth movement shlichim, diverse religious streams, and other progressive priorities.
How do I vote?
Any self-identified Jewish person, who is or will be at least 18 years of age on June 30, 2020 and lives in the United States, and who did not vote in the September 2019 Israel Knesset election, can vote in the American Zionist election for delegates to the 38th World Zionist Congress. You can cast your vote online starting January 21st, 2020 (until March 13th) at: www.zionistelection.org.
The future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state hangs in the balance. This is a critical moment for peace and economic justice. As Progressive Zionists, we are committed to transforming the State of Israel into the dream of a just and thriving state for all its citizens.