Our campaign is designed to reach as many Russian Speaking American Jews as possible. We want our supporters to be prepared with the knowledge, materials, and information to spread the word, and make this campaign their own. Below you’ll find answers to some of the most important questions about voting, along with tools and materials for you and your campaign team.
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) was founded by Theodor Herzl at the First Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897. Today it forms the backbone for The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish National Fund, Keren haYesod, and smaller affiliates. The WZO utilizes the Zionist Congress to establish its policies and internally elect leadership to the bodies which define executive policy, departmental direction, and budget decisions.
The World Zionist Congress is the World Zionist Organization’s supreme institution and legislative body which meets every four years in Jerusalem. The Congress determines policy, courses of action, and chooses the leadership of the World Zionist Organization. These decisions influence hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and paid portfolios. The Congress also makes decisions which affect the status of Russian Speaking Jews in Israel and across the world as well as the funding available to American Forum for Israel.
The composition of the American delegation is critically important to all Jews in The United States and Israel because the American delegation of 145 delegates is the largest delegation from a single country outside of Israel and comprises nearly one third of the Congress. The decisions of the Congress influence hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. In addition, the Congress will help determine the leadership of the major global Jewish organizations, budgetary decisions and policy in Israel and worldwide.
A successful election in which American Forum for Israel, on your behalf, receives a significant number of votes and therefore delegates to the World Zionist Congress, is the single most effective way for you to influence policy and shape the society of Israel. The election determines the American Forum for Israel influence within Israel institutions, government bodies and provides you with the ability to influence important policy appointments. In addition, the election impacts the amount of funding that the American Forum for Israel receives in Israel and the diaspora. A successful election is our best means to assure the realization of our platform. Therefore, your vote is critical to the success of the overall election.
To be eligible to vote you must register and vote between January 15 – April 30, 2015. Registration and voting can be done on the election website in one session or can be accomplished by completing a paper registration and ballot.
First, we recommend that you pledge to vote. By doing so, you’ll receive all the information you need – when you need it – on how to vote. Second, between January 15th and April 30th 2015, you must register with the American Zionist Movement. The registration fee is $10.00 ($5.00 for those under age 30), and goes directly to the AZM – not to American Forum for Israel. Finally, as soon as you register, you can vote in the World Zionist Congress elections – again between January 15th and April 30th 2015.
You can vote online from January 15, 2015 to April 30, 2015. See easy to follow visual guide.