Shalom Chaverim:

The World Zionist Congress convenes once every five years in Jerusalem, bringing together over 2,000 Zionist activists from around the world, and is the supreme ideological and policy-making body of the World Zionist Organization. It represents the entire political and religious spectrum of the Zionist movement and is the largest democratic exercise in the Jewish world today.

As you may be aware, we have had to delay the election for a delegate to represent NZ at the 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC). There has been some debate around the question of who can vote. The Central Election Committee of the WZC has now ruled on this and confirmed that only members of the Zionist Federation of New Zealand may vote.

For this reason, and because there may be people in the Jewish community who wish to vote, but are not eligible to do so as they do not have current membership, we are extending the period to join the Zionist Federation and be eligible to vote
Anyone joining the Zionist Federation between now and the 30th July will be eligible to vote. We attach an application form for you to complete. You can also ask for a form by emailing Idit Forster on Please ensure your filled-in application is received at the latest by 5pm on Thursday 30th July for emails to be collated and added to the list of those who will be voting.

For family membership, we require a separate email address for each person over 18 years of age who lives at the same address and wants to vote. Voting will take place between 9th August and 11th August. We will also delay sending out the delegate platform statements, to ensure that all voters receive this information.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Kind regards,

Shirley-Anne Hodgson
Chair, Area Election Committee
38th World Zionist Congress.