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Zionism: From Ideology to Action: Israeli and American Perspectives

On Sunday-Monday, October 20-21, the American Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization will be bringing together thinkers, educators, activists and leaders for an in-depth discussion of Zionism. On Sunday the conference will probe the meaning and relevance of Zionism for America Jewry today. On Monday the program will move to a more practical agenda of how do we “reclaim” the word Zionism, and how do we practice and project its meaning in the real world of campus, synagogue and community?

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A Shanah Tovah Message From Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

The period of the High Holy Days is a time of introspection and meditation. While we Jews do not necessarily make New Year resolutions, it is helpful to stand back to see how we have done this past year as we challenge ourselves to improve in the coming year.

From the point of the work of the American Zionist Movement we need to ask ourselves the following questions: Have we strengthened our bond to Zion, to the State of Israel, to the Jewish people around the world this past year?

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AZM Brings Layla Lavan to New York City

The first New York Layla Lavan took place on Wednesday evening, July 17th in the midst of one of the worst heat waves in years. An annual event in Tel Aviv, Layla Lavan was first instituted there as an all-night cultural festival in 2003 to mark UNESCO’s awarding it World Heritage status. The record-breaking hot and humid weather was no deterrent for the Manhattan revelers who flocked to the west side for “a taste of Israel” in New York.

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Dr. Ruth Calderon, MK, on Building Bridges Among Jews

Dr Ruth Calderon, renowned academic and educator, and now a Member of Knesset from the Yesh Atid party, will be speaking on “Building Bridges Among Jews” on Thursday, April 11th. The program will be held at the Jewish Theological Seminary at Broadway and 122nd Street in Manhattan. This promises to be a thought provoking program. There has already been a great response so if you are interested, please RSVP quickly.

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More Than 1000 Mishloach Manot Delivered to Southern Israel for Purim

For more than 25 years, the American Zionist Movement has proudly been donating mishloach manot (traditional Purimgift baskets) to Israeli children and soldiers for Purim. Because of the numerous recent attacks faced by those living in the south of Israel, this year AZM focused on Ashkelon and its surrounding areas in order to show solidarity with residents there.

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Learn Some Hebrew Words and Roots;Learn About Zionism As Well

Just as fidelity to the Hebrew language was a key to our redemption from Egypt (Midrash Vayikra Rabba 32:5), so, too, was it a key to our survival throughout the long exile from our homeland. Dispersed to the four corners of the earth, our diligence in continuing to study and pray in Hebrew united us in a collective bond to our common inheritance and its values.

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Painting by Sharona Eliassaf

Feminism, Zionism and the Identities of Jewish Women Activists

FeminIsrael has been a joint project of the World Zionist Organization and the American Zionist Movement for many years. Originally a campus-based program, it has moved into the community in recent years. To mark FeminIsrael and Wmen’s History Month his year, AZM and WZO are sponsoring a panel at B’nai Jeshuran on the multiple identities of Jewish women activitists. All are invited to participate.

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Monopolity Game Box

Monopolity: The Fun Game of Israeli Politics

The WZO: Department of Diaspora Activities presents Monopolity- a life-size game board and simulation of the political parties and issues in Israel today. Monopolity is a fun, inter active game that explores the complexities of the Israeli Society and Knesset! Using the game, you can debate and discuss some of the major issues in Israeli society: State vs. Religion, Peace & Security , Immigration, the Israel-Diaspora relations, to name a few. It is suitable for a wide variety of venues and groups, including Hillels, youth movements, congregations, Jewish Day

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DONATE NOW: Purim 2013 Heads South to Ashkelon and Beyond

It was just a few short weeks ago that Israeli children in the southern part of the country were terrorized by missile attacks numbering in the hundreds. Many lived in safe rooms and shelters for close to two weeks. There was no school to attend. The sanitary and living conditions were primitive. And the rockets kept coming. Yet the children found it within themselves to stand up to the attacks and resumed their lives as soon as they were able. It takes a special strength to do this: Jewish strength supported by a Zionist spirit.

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Bill Hess and Marlene Post

New Leaders Elected at AZM Biennial Assembly 2012

The room was full to capacity. Hurricane Sandy had caused a change in both date and venue for AZM’s Biennial Assembly in New York, but it hadn’t diminished enthusiasm levels. On December 17, the audience was eager to hear the different perspectives offered by speakers about Zionism and our role in it. The short program packed a good punch, providing serious substance as Conference of Presidents Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein, Ameinu National President Kenneth Bob and ……..

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Joel Chasnoff Presents the Schizophrenic Zionist in Chicago

Should all Jews live in Israel? What role does Israel play in your Jewish identity? Is Zionism relevant – and does it even exist – now that we have a Jewish state? Stand-up comedian Joel Chasnoff will engage you – and entertain you – in a
remarkable interactive workshop that brings to life five distinct characters, each with a different perspective on what it means to
love Israel in today’s world.

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AZM Biennial Assembly Rescheduled To December 17th

Join AZM on November 18, 2012 as we review our achievements and plan for the next two years. We will bid farewell to our outgoing officers and elect a new officers and a new administration. The Assembly will feature a dinner in honor of William Hess who has so ably served AZM as President for the past five years.

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ViZionYLD’s First Intimate Shabbat Dinner a Success!

On Friday, May 18th, ViZionYLD (AZM’s Young Leadership Division) co-sponsored a very successful, intimate Zionist Shabbat dinner with B’nai B’rith International. The 18 young professionals who attended agreed that the ability to have a meaningful Shabbat discussion about social justice and Zionism in such a small group made the evening a truly unique one.

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“Israel in the Write Light” Leaves Audience Wanting More!

On May 21st, AZM sponsored a program targeted to young professionals interested in advocacy and communications in New York City. Entitled Israel in the Write Light, it featured some of the field’s outstanding younger practitioners who spoke about their craft and the Zionist context of their writing, blogging and tweeting.

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AZM Returns From TribeFest With Over 1500 Attendees!

This year, AZM was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a partner organization of TribeFest, Jewish Federation of North America’s gathering of over 1,500 Jewish young adults from around the US. Taking place in Las Vegas, Sunday, March 25- Tuesday, March 27, participants came together to explore and celebrate Judaism through the lens of politics, entertainment, art, music, and of course, Zionism.

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This Year Add a New Dayenu to Your Seder

It is part of the Passover tradition to add new songs and stories to the seder. This year add a contemporary version of Dayenu, one which calls upon the Jewish People to give thanks for the return to Israel and for all of the accomplishments of the Jewish People since the establishment of the State.

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