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At long last, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections have arrived, and voting has begun!
Participating in the WZC elections – by supporting “Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism” – is the only way North American Jews can weigh in democratically about issues in Israel – and ensure a society that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace.
It’s also quick and easy, so vote now.
Here are four reasons these elections are critically important to the Reform Movement – in North America, in Israel, and around the world.
The WZC, the Parliament of the Jewish People, includes 500 delegates and meets in Jerusalem every five years. Delegates can exert ideological influence on Israeli society and the global Jewish agenda, as well as allocate financial and other resources to various organizations – including the Reform Movement – in Israel.
Currently, the United States has the largest single delegation outside Israel. Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. delegates represent the Reform Movement, ensuring that significant funding is directed to the Israeli Reform Movement. With a strong election turnout, financial resources will continue to flow to our Israeli movement – including Reform congregations and institutions.
Robust participation in the elections will allow the Reform Movement to fill leadership roles in such institutions as the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). Reform leaders will then be well positioned to ensure that decisions about government and public spending over the Green Line, including land purchases, reflect the Reform Movement’s values and ideology.
Because JAFI and the WZO support programs of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), high voter turnout will prove beneficial for WUPJ congregations and for Netzer Olami and Tamar, which offer programming for Progressive Jewish youth and young adults in communities around the world.
Now that you’ve cast your own vote, here are some ways you can help us encourage others to vote before the March 11, 2020 deadline:
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