MERCAZ USA Newsletter — Summer 2012
How MERCAZ Secures Benefits For Worldwide Conservative Judaism
MERCAZ, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement, represents Conservative Judaism in the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).
Conservative/Masorti Jews in Israel and around the world profit directly in numerous ways as a result of our presence within these two international Jewish arenas.
The following are among the benefits accrued as a direct result of the size of our MERCAZ delegation at the Zionist Congress, and translate into an annual net equivalency of cash and services in excess of $2.5 million, as well as significant influence in decision-making that impacts on the global Jewish agenda and the Jewish Agency budget of more than $300,000,000:
The size of the MERCAZ delegation at the Zionist Congress is in turn a direct outcome of our involvement in Zionist Federations around the world, such as the American Zionist Movement, and the results of our annual membership campaign and our participation in the elections for the Zionist Congress every four years.
With the next Zionist Congress tentatively scheduled for June 2014, now is the time that we need to sign up as many MERCAZ members as possible. This way we will have a large Conservative Zionist electorate, all ready to vote on behalf of MERCAZ in planned Zionist Congress elections, anticipated starting in 2013.
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