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About the 38th World Zionist Congress

The 38th World Zionist Congress will be broadcast live starting Tuesday October 20th at 9:30AM (EDT). 

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The 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC), the international “parliament of the Jewish people” will be held online October 20-22, 2020. Earlier this year the American Zionist Movement (AZM) administered the election for the US Delegates to the WZC in which 123,000 American Jews voted and participated. The 152 Delegates (and 271 Alternates/Deputy Delegates) elected from the US will join those from Israel and from countries around the world at the WZC to make decisions regarding the four National Institutions that support Israel and World Jewry.

AZM presents this page with information on the WZC, which is arranged by the World Zionist Organization (WZO) based in Israel.

The 38th World Zionist Congress has long been scheduled to be held in Jerusalem. However, given the current pandemic restrictions, the 2020 WZC sessions and deliberations will instead be conducted via a global virtual platform. The World Zionist Organization hopes to convene an additional extraordinary worldwide in-person Zionist Congress gathering in Israel in Fall 2021 or during 2022.

The WZC is the only democratically elected global Jewish forum and is the direct continuation of The First Zionist Congress, convened by Theodor Herzl in 1897. Today, the WZC, which now meets about every five years, is the overall supreme ideological and policy-making body of the Zionist movement. The delegates and the bodies they form at the WZC determine the leadership and influence the policies of Israel’s National Institutions: the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet LeIsrael (JNF) and Keren Hayesod – which together allocate nearly $1 billion annually in funding in support of Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

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Website of the 38th World Zionist Congress

Congress Schedule

Proposed Resolutions (pdf)

List of Elected US Delegates/Alternates

Presentation About The Congress (October 2020 AZM slides)

AZM Information on the 2020 US Election for the WZC (slates and candidates)

Results of the US Election

About the World Zionist Organization

Background on World Zionist Congress

History of Theodor Herzl 1897 and the Zionist Congress, Then & Now

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