What They Are Saying
From Reform Movement:
A strong election turnout among North America’s Reform Jews and our supporters and allies will ensure that financial resources will continue to flow to our Israeli movement – including Reform congregations and institutions. It also will allow us to fill leadership positions in some of Israel’s national institutions, including the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF).
A leadership role in KKL-JNF will enable us to ensure that decisions about government and public spending over the Green Line, including land purchases, reflect the Reform Movement’s values and positions. Only in this way can we continue to build a democratic society in Israel that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace.
What’s more, because JAFI and the WZO support programs of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), high voter turnout will prove beneficial for WUPJ congregations and for Netzer Olami and Tamar, which offer programming for Progressive Jewish youth and young adults in communities around the world.
From Conservative Movement:
Finally, he participated in the planning stages of our movement’s participation in the next World Zionist Organization (WZO) elections to the Congress. Rabbi Wernick explains, “The WZO and Jewish Agency function as a parliament of the Jewish people. The better the election results, the more influence we have at these, the National Institutions of the Jewish People, with regard to Diaspora-Israel relations, Zionist education, religious pluralism in Israel around personal status issues, applying our values with regard to Israel’s social challenges and having a meaningful, more nuanced voice with regard to matters of Peace and co-existence for Israel and her neighbors. Positive WZO election results also lead to assuring and growing funding for our movement worldwide totaling approximately $3 million annually in which our values are brought to life every day in our kehillot throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Israel.”
JOFA – Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance:
Dear Friend of JOFA,
Once every five years …
In the coming election, JOFA has joined with The International Rabbinic Fellowship, Porat, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah to form Dorshei Tzion ve-Torah – Torah and Israel for All (DTT) to bring the voice of a committed and open-minded Modern Orthodox Zionist worldview that is committed to Orthodoxy, dedicated to working with all Jews, open to expanding the role of women in all areas of religious and spiritual and political life, and focused on strengthening the ties between the Diaspora and the State of Israel. Our complete platform is attached below.* Please join us by registering to vote and signing the petition that will allow our slate to run. We need 500 signatures by September 27, 2019. To register and sign the petition, please take the following steps:
1. Please go to www.ZionistElection.org, and click the “Registration” button at the bottom of the page (left side).
2. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee of $7.50.
3. Return to www.ZionistElection.org, and…
Thank you in advance for your support.
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov,
Pamela Scheininger, President
Daphne Lazar-Price, Executive Director
*Dorshei Torah V’Tziyon, DTT
[… They list a number of platforms, and among them is the following…]
DTT supports efforts to strengthen the Jewish identity of Israel as a state and to connect individual Jewish Israelis to their heritage. We support efforts to allow multiple religious options in the public and private sphere which reflect the reality of the State of Israel as the nation state of the entirety of Klal Yisrael. We support efforts to give Israelis choices in kashrut supervision (such as Hashgacha Pratit), weddings (Chupot and Tzohar) and prayer spaces for all at the Kotel (including Original Women of the Wall/Tefillat Nashim BaKotel and Women of the Wall/Nshot Hakotel). We also support alternative efforts for those not deemed Jewish by halacha to find alternative acceptable paths to conversion (Giyur K’halacha). We further support the right of all Jews eligible to make Aliyah under the law of return to have a path to marry legally within the State.