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What is ARZA?
ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, is the Zionist arm and voice of the Reform Movement and an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, serving 1.5 million Reform Jews in North America.
ARZA's mission is to make Israel fundamental to the sacred lives and Jewish identity of Reform Jews. A Zionist organization, ARZA unconditionally supports Israel and champions activities that further Israel as a pluralistic, just and democratic Jewish state.
How does ARZA help Reform Judaism in Israel?
ARZA provides the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) with financial support generated through membership dollars. ARZA facilitates the first hand experiences of 3,500 Reform Jews who travel to Israel each year. ARZA represents Reform Judaism in the World Zionist Organization thereby providing a strong voice for Reform Jews in America and Israel in this worldwide organization.
What is the World Zionist Organization?
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) was founded by Theodor Herzl at the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897. Today it chooses representatives for The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish National Fund, and other affiliates. The WZO utilizes the World Zionist Congress to establish its policies and internally elect leadership to the bodies which define executive policy, departmental direction, and budget decisions.
What is the World Zionist Congress?
The Zionist Congress is the World Zionist Organization’s supreme institution and legislative body. The Congress meets every four years in Jerusalem. The Congress is the only body in which all of World Jewry is represented democratically. It determines policy, designates its course of action and chooses the leadership of the World Zionist Organization. These decisions influence hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and paid portfolios. The Congress also makes decisions which affect the status of Reform Jews in Israel and across the world, and the funding available to Progressive Jews in Israel.
An Election Critical to the Reform Movement is Happening now!!!!
WHY should I vote?
A successful election, in which ARZA, on behalf of the Reform movement, receives a significant majority of votes and therefore delegates to the World Zionist Congress, is the single most effective way for the Reform movement to influence policy and shape the society of Israel. The election determines:
WHEN and HOW does voting take place?
Voting will run from January 15th to April 30, 2015; Sunday through Thursday weekly. Registration and voting can be done on the election website in one session or can be accomplished by completing a paper registration and ballot. (Call 914-725-5175 to get one sent to you).
And, if you need another reason, we have great raffle prizes! See the left side of this page for details.
WHO is eligible to vote?
To be eligible to vote you must be:
Do I need to register in advance?
No, unlike previous elections registration and voting are completed all in one session.
Do I need to be a member of ARZA to vote?
No, any American Jew of age can vote.
How can I do more, I want to help?
Everyone can do more to help.
How much does this cost?