Dec. 7, 2009
The 35th World Zionist Congress will be meeting in Jerusalem on June 15-17, 2010. ARZA’s delegation is now being formed and we invite you to represent our Movement as part of our delegation which will consist of voting delegates, alternates and observers.
We hope that all North American members of the Reform Movement WZC delegation
will be able to fly together to Israel immediately following the URJ Board
meeting on Sunday, June 13, 2010 (to be held in the greater New York City area).
This will allow delegates to meet the leadership of the other worldwide Reform
Movement delegations and with leaders of the Israel Movement for Progressive
Judaism before and during the Congress. More details will be available in
We understand, however, that you may not be fully aware of how important the
World Zionist Congress is to our Movement’s congregations in Israel. Here are
- In the most recent elections (2006), the Reform Movement won almost 40% of
the total American vote, the largest single Diaspora delegation to the Congress.
- Due to the size and strength of our delegation, we were able to ensure over
$1,500,000 of annual financial support for our partners in Israel for efforts of
the IMPJ and the WUPJ, including our two kibbutzim in the Arava.
- As a part of the negotiated coalition agreement at the 2006 World Zionist
Congress, we were able to get the government to agree to provide four pre-fab
congregational buildings for Reform communities: Modi’in, Zichron Ya’acov, Tzur
Hadassah, and Tivon. These buildings have created tangible facts on the ground,
recognition by the Israeli government for Reform Jewish life in Israel, and
significant fundraising savings that otherwise would have had to be used to
construct these buildings.
- With the largest delegation to the World Zionist Congress from North
America, the Reform Movement was able to achieve significant political
arrangements and the capacity to ensure that our voices are being heard in the
halls of power in Israel and abroad;
- Our numbershave enabled us to remain the most significant player in the
national and international Zionist world and to back our public statements up
with substantial political clout and numbers.
While we would like for you to seriously consider joining us in Jerusalem for
the World Zionist Congress and we hope you’ll agree to serve as part of the
delegation, there are certain requirements that delegates must meet. So
please carefully read the certification requirements on the linked form. Fill
out the form and gather the required documentation. Please return the form
and the documentation to the ARZA office via email, fax or snail mail by
December 14, 2009.
We must have our delegation certified by December 31, 2009.
It is imperative, therefore, that this form is returned,
with the required documentation no later than Monday, December 14, 2009.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming World Zionist Congress or
the process of joining ARZA’s delegation, please write directly to Rabbi Scott
Sperling, Executive Director of ARZA at email@example.com or contact him by phone
We thank you in advance for your willingness to serve the Reform Movement in
this important capacity.