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The 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC), the international “parliament of the Jewish people” was held online October 20-22, 2020. In early 2020 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 joined 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. The American delegation hailed from 28 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico) and ranged in age from 18-89. Seven hundred twenty delegates and observers from over 30 countries participated in the Congress.
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 was scheduled to be held in Jerusalem. However, given the COVID pandemic restrictions, the 2020 WZC sessions and deliberations were 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.
At the Congress in October 2020:
- There were votes on important resolutions affecting Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.
- Elections were held for key positions in Israel’s National Institutions. Read a message from the new WZO Chairman and see the Members of Zionist Executive.
- Many prominent Israeli officials and world Jewish leaders addressed the Congress and its theme: “Mutual responsibility and Aliyah: Leading and Innovating Together”. You can watch the proceedings and presentations.
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Presentation About The Congress (October 2020 AZM slides)
AZM Information on the 2020 US Election for the WZC (slates and candidates)
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