World Zionist Congress Election 2020 Update

The preliminary results for the 2020 World Zionist Congress election in the U.S. were released by the American Zionist Movement on March 23.

We recognize that in the short time since the election for the World Zionist Congress has ended, that the world has changed dramatically in the wake of Covid-19. We hope you and your loved ones are all well and safe. We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the MERCAZ Slate during the recent World Zionist Congress election.

We need to acknowledge that without the diligent efforts of Laurie Moskowitz, David Joseph, Melissa Kerbel, Howard Goldberg and our interns Jordana Meyer, and Alan Imar, we could not have mounted such an active campaign. We are indebted to them and to you for your efforts.

This election happens only once every five years and yet it is critically important if we want Israel to be a place that recognizes a thriving pluralistic society in which all streams of Judaism are welcome and supported.

Six weeks was a long time to have voting open, and our goal was to get as many people as possible to vote for the MERCAZ Slate. We know that many of you received multiple messages from us – even when you voted early. Many of you shared our materials and got your family, friends, and networks to vote. Some of you made videos for the cause. We appreciate it all.

The final results of the election are not yet known, there are many paper ballots that came in during the last days of the election that are still being counted. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we have it, including what the overall election numbers mean for our mandates.

We hope that you will continue to engage with MERCAZ. We would very much appreciate your feedback on the campaign – what we did well, what we could do better and any other ideas for 2025. Please reach out to Sarrae at with an email or to schedule a conversation.

On behalf of MERCAZ and the entire campaign team our deepest and sincere appreciation. Stay safe and healthy.


Marilyn Wind
President, MERCAZ

Sarrae G. Crane
Executive Director

For Congregations