Are you an American 4 Israel?

Are you an American 4 Israel?

Voice  |  December 9, 2019
Like Bnai Zion, Americans 4 Israel has no political or religious affiliation, welcoming all members.

Are you an American 4 Israel?

The World Zionist Congress serves as the Parliament of the millions of Jewish people worldwide with the 38th convention scheduled for October 2020 in Jerusalem, where 145 of the 500 delegates will have been elected from the U.S.

You can vote if you are age 18 or older, identify as Jewish, reside in the United States, and accept the Jerusalem Program. And when you do, vote for Americans 4 Israel, which includes Bnai Zion among its three founding coalitions.

Like Bnai Zion, Americans 4 Israel has no political or religious affiliation, welcoming all members. As such, the platform represents the type of mindset to get this kind of voting done. Many Bnai Zion officers are on the slate, including Cheryl Bier (Chief Executive Officer) and Stephen Savitsky (National President), among other familiar names.

Voting begins January 21, 2020. On that date, just go to bnaizion.org and click on the link.

About the World Zionist Congress

On August 29, 1897, Theodor Herzl convened 200 people at the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, as a symbolic Parliament for support of Zionist goals. Today, subsequent Congresses convened in Basel, London, Hamburg, Vienna, Zürich, Lucerne and Geneva. Following Israel’s 1948 establishment, all Congresses convene in Jerusalem.

The Zionist Congress formed the World Zionist Organization (WZO), over which Herzl presided until his passing in 1904. The WZO’s flag and anthem were later adopted by the State of Israel. The WZO also formed or opened the Jewish Colonial Trust (today, Bank Leumi), Keren Hayesod (United Israel Appeal), and Hebrew University.

In 1898, at the second Congress convened, 400 participants representing 913 member groups discussed implementing the WZO’s goals, such as:

• establishing settlements in Eretz Yisrael,

• gathering Jews into action in various countries,

• strengthening the Jewish national feeling and consciousness,

• working towards world recognition of the Zionist purpose, and

• introducing the Zionist Shekel as a certificate of WZO membership.

In 1901, the fifth Zionist Congress established the Jewish “national fund” (JNF), which acquired its first parcel of land – 800 acres in Hadera – in 1903, and first planted olive trees at Hulda in 1908 to commemorate Herzl.

In 1929, the 16th Congress established the Jewish Agency as a partnership between the WZO and non-Zionist public Jewish groups represented there. David Ben-Gurion chaired the Jewish Agency Executive from 1935 – 1948.

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) was created as the Zionist Federation representing the WZO in the United States and the umbrella group for all Zionist organizations in America.