The 35th Zionist Congress will open in Jerusalem on Monday evening, an event held every four years.
Over 2000 representatives of Jewish communities around the world and Israel will demonstrate their solidarity with Israel. The Congress will mark the opening of two consecutive weeks of “Jewish Solidarity”
The 35th Zionist Congress will be held in Jerusalem from June 19-22 at the International Convention Center under the slogan “Because the Dream Still Matters."
This is the 35th Zionist Congress since the first Zionist Congress in 1897. The Zionist Congress is the supreme legislative body of the World Zionist Organization and meets every four years in Jerusalem.
Representatives of Jewish communities in 33 countries around the world and Israel will participate in the gathering which will deal with the major issues on the Jewish agenda, among them aliyah, strengthening the connection with the Diaspora, the struggle against anti-Semitism, the development of the Negev and Galilee and bridging the social gaps in Israel.
In the framework of the Congress, senior officials of national institutions - World Zionist Organization, Jewish Agency and Jewish National Fund - will be elected.
Katsav, Olmert and Netanyahu
President Moshe Katsav will address the Congress as will Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the leader of the opposition Binyamin Netanyahu.
Delegates from the Diaspora were chosen by their communities in a long and complex election process in which thousands of members of the Zionist movement took part. Actual elections were held in some regions and in others, a mail or Internet vote was held. The Israeli delegates were chosen by the Zionist political parties, the division among them being according to party representation in the Knesset.
The Zionist Congress will open the two-week period of “Jewish Solidarity.” The Congress will be followed by the Jewish Agency Assembly and Board of Governors.