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Statement from the American Zionist Movement, which administered the US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress

July 16, 2020

Voting for U.S. representatives to the World Zionist Congress (WZC), the international “parliament of the Jewish people,” ended on March 11, 2020 and was conducted primarily online.  The seven-week US election for the World Zionist Congress garnered 123,575 votes, from American Jews in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories.  This represents a 115% increase – more than double – from the turnout of the last WZC election in the US in 2015 and is the highest number of votes since an open election began for the entire American Jewish community 30 years ago.

There were 15 slates, comprised of 1,800 delegate candidates, which competed for the 152 American elected seats at the Congress during the election administered by the American Zionist Movement (AZM).  VOTEM, the independent private election management company retained by AZM to conduct the ballot process, tallied the votes and presented the official final results to AZM.  Information on the slates, candidates and election process can be seen at

After the votes were certified, the number of delegates elected per slate were apportioned using the formula outlined in the official election rules. The 38th World Zionist Congress has long been scheduled for October 20-22, 2020 in Jerusalem. However, given the current COVID pandemic and travel restrictions, the initial WZC sessions and deliberations may be conducted via a global virtual platform.  Additional details on the Congress will be provided as available from the World Zionist Organization.

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Vote Reform 31,483 39
Orthodox Israel Coalition – Mizrachi 21,692 27
Eretz Hakodesh * 20,045 25
MERCAZ USA 14,655 18
ZOA Coalition 10,312 13
American Forum for Israel 8,096 10
Hatikvah 7,936 10
Shas Olami * 2,045 2
Kol Yisrael * 1,749 2
Dorshei Torah V’Tziyon * 1,371 2
Herut Zionists 1,154 1
Vision 1,038 1
Americans4Israel 856 1
Israel Shelanu * 769 1
Ohavei Zion 374 0
Total 123,575 152

*new slate running in this election

Vote Reform31,48339
Orthodox Israel Coalition – Mizrachi21,69227
Eretz Hakodesh *20,04525
MERCAZ USA14,65518
ZOA Coalition10,31213
American Forum for Israel8,09610
Shas Olami *2,0452
Kol Yisrael *1,7492
Dorshei Torah V’Tziyon *1,3712
Herut Zionists1,1541
Israel Shelanu *7691
Ohavei Zion3740

*new slate running in this election