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ARZA 2015 Vote

November 2014

Please vote for the ARZA-Representing Reform Judaism slate

Reform Jews 4 Israel needs you to register to vote…

Not for the normal political parties that you see on the sample ballot that you will be receiving shortly, but for the ARZA slate to the American Zionist Movement election of delegates to the 2015 World Zionist Organization Congress.

Reform Jews 4 Israel is the campaign to encourage American Reform Jews to vote for the ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) slate in the upcoming World Zionist Congress Elections. Voting begins on January 15, 2015 and runs until April 30, 2015. ARZA is managing the campaign on behalf of the entire Reform movement.

 

From January 15th through April 30th, the American Zionist Movement will hold open voting for all American Jews to determine the United States’ delegation to the 2015 World Zionist Organization Congress. The Congress is the WZO’s legislative body which meets every four years in Jerusalem. The Congress makes decisions which affect the status of Reform Jews in Israel and around the world as well as the funding available to Progressive Jews in Israel. In addition, the Congress will help determine the leadership of major global Jewish organizations, budgetary decisions, and policy in Israel and worldwide.

The composition of the American delegation is critically important to Reform Jews in The United States and Israel because the 145 American delegates make up the largest delegation from outside of Israel.

By pledging below, you’re committing to vote for the ARZA-Representing Reform Judaism slate in the 2015 World Zionist Organization elections. By doing so, you’re pledging to vote for:

  • Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
    We strive to create a world in which gender equality is the rule – where men and women can pray, work and live together as equals deserving of the same respect and honor.

  • Religious Equality
    we envision and work for a society in which all denominations are treated fairly and with respect – and all of us are seen as Jews, regardless of our level of observance.

  • Security in the Region
    Lasting peace, security and stability for Israel, the Palestinians and the surrounding Middle East region is possible and although the road may seem long, we are building the path to that peace every day.

There is much at stake if we want to determine that the values we hold dear will become reality in the Israel that we love.

First, we urge that that you pledge now. By doing so, you’ll receive all the information you need, when you need it, on how to cast your vote.  You can do this my filling out one of the registration cards in the temple lobby, or online at www.ReformJews4Israel.org

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 ARZA.

Finally, as soon as you register, you can vote in the World Zionist Congress elections – again between January 15th and April 30th, 2015.

Please remember the Tekiah from Rosh Hashanah, and become an advocate for Reform Jewish Values in Israel. Thank you!

L’Shalom

Marc S Willner

TRT ARZA Chair

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