The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Earlier today, Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, called on American Jews to stand with her as she votes in Israel’s elections by voting in the World Zionist Congress elections. To vote in the World Zionist Congress elections, click here, and to learn more about the elections and what’s at stake, click here. In addition, we’ll have coverage of the Israeli elections on the RACblog on Wednesday, so stay tuned!
Israel is all abuzz with excitement in anticipation of tomorrow’s elections. The results are going to have big consequences on the direction of Israel’s future, and people sense it.
I'm flying back home later today to fulfill my civic duty. I'm not the only one who needs to vote. There's another important election going on where your vote matters: the elections to the 37th World Zionist Congress (WZO).
Any person who is Jewish, over the age of 18 by June 2015, and a resident of the United States can vote.
Why is this election important? Money. Plain and simple. The WZO distributes tens of millions of dollars annually to the various organizations in Israel whose slates are elected to the WZO Congress. The funds are distributed in proportion to the number of delegates elected. More Reform votes, more Reform delegates. More Reform delegates, more money to the Reform Movement in Israel and IRAC. A large portion of the money allocated by the WZO to Reform Judaism in 2015 will go directly to fund new, progressive religious communities throughout Israel. Reform Rabbis will get the resources they need to introduce Israelis to a Judaism they can practice, believe in and be proud of.
If you support egalitarian prayer, if you believe in freedom of religion, the right of Reform rabbis to conduct marriage, divorce, burial and conversion, if you believe that women should have full religious and civil equality in Israel, here is your chance to make a difference.
Israel needs your vote as much as it needs mine. If you live in the United States, click here to cast your vote for the Reform delegates. If you live outside the United States, click here to invite anyone you know in the US to cast their vote.