Important elections affecting the Jewish people are on the horizon. The first is the special elections for Israel's government. This March election is exciting, as polls show the Zionist Union and Likud in a virtual tie. We eagerly watch the campaigning and await the results -- from the sidelines.
The other election is for the World Zionist Congress, which we need not watch from the sidelines. We can vote.
If you believe Jewish life in Israel should be pluralistic and egalitarian -- open to all genuine expressions of Judaism, like ours -- then vote! If you believe important decisions regarding Jewish life in Israel should not rest with a fundamentalist minority, vote! The composition of the World Zionist Congress has critical implications, for significant financial resources in Israel are distributed based on the size of each party's slate within the World Zionist Congress.
Our movements -- United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities -- are urging members of their affiliated congregations throughout America to support their respective slates. Please check out their websites -- votemercaz.org and jewishrecon.org/VoteARZA. These sites will educate you on the issues at stake and will guide you through the voting process. There is a $10 fee for voting.
Engage with your people, amcha, the Jewish world, at this important time. Vote.
Rabbi Jeffrey Weill