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AZM Announces How New US Slates Can Run for the 39th World Zionist Congress

Initial preparations are underway for the next US Election for the World Zionist Congress (WZC). The American Zionist Movement (AZM), which administers the vote, has announced that any group which may be interested in running a new party slate for the election must file an application by May 15, 2024 with its proposed platform and candidate list. Procedural details are posted at

The 39th Zionist Congress is currently scheduled to be held in the late Fall of 2025 in Jerusalem. The vote in the US Jewish community to elect the American delegates to the WZC will likely be conducted during early part of 2025. As the international “parliament of the Jewish people”, the WZC is the only democratically elected global Jewish forum and is the direct continuation of the Zionist Congress first convened by Theodor Herzl in 1897 in Basel. 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.

In the last election in 2020 nearly 125,000 American Jews voted for the 152 US delegates representing 15 party slates. Delegates were elected from 14 slates, including 4 new ones. Each slate presents a platform statement of their Zionist ideology and goals, as well as list of its individual delegate candidates for the WZC. For reference, past slate materials can be seen at

As there are many required steps in qualifying a slate for candidacy, interested organizations should contact Herbert Block, Executive Director of AZM at or for further details on the election rules, procedures and criteria.


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