January 2015 VOTE MERCAZ USA SLATE #2 Shvat 5775  

Dear Friends:

As you may remember learning, Theodore Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, convened the First Zionist Congress in 1897 to serve as the platform for creating the Jewish State for the Jewish people. One hundred and twenty years later, we continue to convene Zionist Congresses.

Now you have the opportunity to select the 145 American Jewish delegates who will participate in this international parliament of the Jewish People which will take place later this year. Through our vote for MERCAZ USA, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement, we can:

1. Demonstrate Pride in Conservative Judaism: Conservative Jews are second to none when it comes to supporting Israel. The Zionist Congress elections give Conservative Jews an opportunity to proudly stand up for Israel in a way that reflects our pride in our own Movement. This is particularly important at a time when many pundits are counting the Conservative Movement out here in the United States.

2. Shape the Jewish Character of Israeli Society: While Jews in the Diaspora cannot vote in Israel's Knesset elections, the Zionist Congress elections are our one opportunity to impact Israeli society. The recent progress on behalf of religious pluralism in Israel has come about as a result of decisions at previous World Zionist Congresses. Help us continue the work to strengthen Israel as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state and shape it as an exemplary society.

3. Secure Communal Funding for the Worldwide Conservative Movement: Since the World Zionist Organization controls 50% of the Jewish Agency, success in the WZO Congress elections translates to success in impacting the allocations of the WZO and Jewish Agency and their more than $320 million budget to secure more than $2 million annually for the institutions of Masorti Judaism in Israel and around the world, including those serving North American Jewry like USY NATIV, Ramah Seminar and the Conservative Yeshiva.

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The Zionist Congress elections will run through April 30th.

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