The three-day 37th World Zionist Congress began in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Among the Atlantans attending as part of the U.S. delegation are (from left) Congregation Etz Chaim Rabbi Shalom Lewis (Mercaz USA), Shirley Michaelov (ARZA), The Temple Rabbi Peter Berg (ARZA), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism International President Margo Gold (Mercaz USA), and Peter Savitz (ARZA). ARZA, the Reform movement’s slate, accounts for 56 of the 145 U.S. delegates, while the Conservative movement’s Mercaz has 25. Overall, the Congress has 500 delegates, whose decisions affect policies, leadership and funding allocations for the World Zionist Organization, whose responsibilities include the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael/Jewish National Fund.
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