MERCAZ, the Zionist arm of the Conservative movement, represents Conservative Judaism in the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Jewish Nation Fund-KKL. As the official lobby of Conservative/Masorti Judaism in these world Jewish institutions, MERCAZ brings about benefits in excess of $2 million annually to Masorti institutions in Israel and around the world.
The strength of the MERCAZ lobby within the “National Institutions” is in direct proportion to the size of the MERCAZ delegation at the Zionist Congress. The next Zionist Congress will take place in October 2015, with elections in the United States to determine the composition of the 145-delegate American contingent scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. Look for print and electronic mailings starting in December with information about voter registration.