Shalom! I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors of MERCAZ USA, the Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement, representing Conservative Judaism within the World Zionist Organization and other agencies. Our mission is to support religious pluralism in Israel and strengthen the connection between Israel and the Diaspora. We are the advocates and the force that guarantees funding for pluralistic religious streams, such as Masorti, that are so crucial to our movement’s growth in Israel and around the world.

With the start of a new year (Happy 2020!) we have a rare chance to make a difference – one that comes only every 5 years. Between January 21 and March 11, 2020, we can vote to elect MERCAZ representatives to the World Zionist Congress, where they will defend Conservative/Masorti values, our recognition as a movement, and religious pluralism. Elections have consequences. This election gives us the opportunity to raise our voices and send the strongest possible message to leaders in Israel that we seek equal stature for Conservative/Masorti Judaism.

In addition, this election can help us secure critical leadership positions and funding for our synagogues and programs, both in Israel and around the world. But to do this – we must elect the strongest possible slate for MERCAZ and that requires your vote.

Please take action today and PLEDGE!! – COMMIT to vote between January 21 and March 11, 2020 by texting VOTE to 917-336-1162. You will get a reminder when voting begins. This new year let us seal the past and assert ourselves in the future. It is not only our privilege; it is our responsibility. For more information about MERCAZ, please go to mercazusa.org.

L’hitraot, Cantor Alan Sokoloff