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FOR NEW ZIONIST VISION

Brought together by LAVI, the ALLIANCE FOR NEW ZIONIST VISION is a coalition of grassroots movements committed to inspiring a new vision for our current chapter of Jewish history. We are the collective voice of the Jewish young adults most passionately engaged in the struggles of our people. From battles over Jewish rights and Israel’s legitimacy on university campuses to questions of Jewish identity and national consciousness in modern society, our activists, artists and theorists are at the forefront of advancing the Jewish people’s historic aspirations.

To make Zionism relevant to our generation and to effectively advance the Jewish people to the next stage, the ANZV is committed to identifying where we currently find ourselves in Jewish history, what national aspirations have yet to be fulfilled and how we as individuals can participate in the story of our people.

We encourage independent thinking and facilitate vigorous discussion amongst young adults seeking leadership roles in the Jewish world. Our programs and initiatives reflect the spirit of our ancient culture and universal values in crafting an inspiring vision for the State of Israel’s future rooted in the collective Jewish experience and age-old national yearnings.

The ANZV aims to empower our generation’s most dedicated young leaders with the tools to formulate new ideas and the means to become active participants in the story of their people.

LAVI is a student-led movement committed to identifying where we currently find ourselves in history, what Jewish national aspirations have yet to be fulfilled and how we as individuals can participate in the story of our people. We encourage independent thinking and facilitate vigorous discussion amongst young adults seeking leadership roles in the Jewish world. Our programs and initiatives reflect the spirit of our ancient culture and universal values in crafting an inspiring vision for the Jewish people’s future firmly rooted in our collective experience and age-old national yearnings.

KUMAH is a non-profit organization based in Israel and North America that aims to educate the public about the Jewish state and dispel myths and stereotypes about the Middle East. KUMAH seeks to enhance the Jewish Diaspora’s connection to Israel through innovative media projects, seminars and speaking tours. KUMAH also works in Israel to strengthen the Jewish character of the state through media, educational initiatives and new parliamentary legislation.

DOREINU was founded by a group of young professional in Los Angeles who sensed a fundamental need for discovering our roles in Jewish history. Looking holistically at our story spanning thousands of years has brought us to the realization that Israel’s modern return to nationhood has significantly altered the Jewish experience worldwide and placed us in a unique generation unlike any before. Recognizing that we are living in one of the most incredible chapters in the story of our people, we work to promote and inspire Jewish community, identity and the will to participate in history by providing cutting edge social, cultural and educational programs in an accepting, open minded and agenda-free environment.

The Question

Is Zionism still relevant in the 21st century? The answer to this question largely depends on how we define the term. If Zionism was a movement aimed at solving a “Jewish problem” through establishing a state, then today we should acknowledge ourselves to be post-Zionists. But if the cultivation of our soil, the revival of our language, the ingathering of our exiles and the attainment of Jewish independence merely represent an important stage in a larger revolution, then Zionism must still hold relevance for us.

Israel’s detractors have successfully dominated the political discourse in recent years largely because they present a story and a cause more compelling than what currently passes for the Zionist narrative. Thousands of our most idealistic Jewish peers have either shied away from affiliating with Zionism in any way or have actively joined the ranks of those committed to Israel’s destruction. And most bewildering of all is the mainstream Zionist reaction to this trend. Fearful of alienating even more young Jews, pro-Israel advocacy has actually become blander and more ahistorical than ever before.

But Israel’s true story is an extraordinary drama verging on the sublime. There is no other people today or in history that had been broken and scattered throughout the world yet managed thousands of years later to reunite in its ancestral homeland, revive its ancient language and restore its independence against all odds. An ancient nation dead for two millennia not only came back to life but also became a central focus of international affairs on the world stage. An authentic Zionist Narrative based on deep ideological foundations and historic vision would express our incredible story in a manner compelling enough to compete with the rhetoric of Israel’s enemies. But the Jewish establishment, Israel advocacy organizations and official Zionist institutions seem unwilling to advance such a message. So it has fallen to us to become the voice of our people’s aspirations and to provide a vision capable of inspiring our generation.

In order to effectively advance Jewish history to the next stage, those most committed to Jewish liberation have an obligation to examine our own ideological foundations, national aspirations, past achievements and current challenges in order to properly apply our ideological foundations to the current challenges within the context of our aspirations and what has already been achieved. We cannot be satisfied with outdated paradigms of previous generations but must create a new Zionist vision relevant to today.

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Is Zionism a late 19th century national movement aimed at achieving a state for the homeless Jewish people? Or is Zionism a modern word for an ancient struggle for Jewish liberation stretching back thousands of years?

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Do we relate to the Jewish people as an object with a problem (anti-Semitism, statelessness, assimilation, etc.) for Zionism to solve? Or do we self-identify as a subject with desires (including self-determination in our homeland so that we may actualize a greater vision for all humankind)?

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Was the Jewish return to our soil merely an act of running away from persecution? Or are we racing towards the attainment of an ancient dream?

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Was the establishment of a Jewish state Zionism’s ultimate goal? Or is the State of Israel merely a tool with which to now achieve our ancient national aspirations?

Visionaries

The ALLIANCE FOR NEW ZIONIST VISION aims to empower our generation’s most passionate and talented Zionist visionaries to advance the struggle for Jewish liberation to the next stage

Leah-Karchmer
Yosef-Esshaghian
Yehuda-Katz
Maor Shapira
Britt-Henoch
Raanan Mallek
Michaela Fried

At the World Zionist Congress

The Alliance for New Zionist Vision participated in the 37th World Zionist Congress and fought a successful battle to force the official Zionist movement to declare the Jewish people indigenous to the Land of Israel (by a slim 51% majority). While this might be a given to anyone with a semi-decent understanding of Jewish identity and history, no official body representing the Jewish people has made any effort to declare what so many of us take for granted.

This was an important step for two reasons:
1. The core anti-Zionist accusation today is that Jews are foreigners to the Middle East with no legitimate connection to our homeland
2. Jewish identity has become confusing to an entire generation of Diaspora Jews

But official statements of Jewish indigeneity by the official Zionist movement are not enough. We need to take the next steps to clarify Jewish identity and inspire our most talented young people to champion Jewish rights in a way that actually advances our people’s story to the next stage.

You have a vital role to play
in the story of the Jewish people

The next congress is scheduled for 2015

Every JEew Over The Age Of 18 Can Register As a Member Of Their Local Zionist Organization And Become Eligible To Vote

The next congress is scheduled for 2015

Our Coalition

LAVI is a student-led movement committed to identifying where we currently find ourselves in history, what Jewish national aspirations have yet to be fulfilled and how we as individuals can participate in the story of our people. We encourage independent thinking and facilitate vigorous discussion amongst young adults seeking leadership roles in the Jewish world. Our programs and initiatives reflect the spirit of our ancient culture and universal values in crafting an inspiring vision for the Jewish people’s future firmly rooted in our collective experience and age-old national yearnings.

 

KUMAH is a non-profit organization based in Israel and North America that aims to educate the public about the Jewish state and dispel myths and stereotypes about the Middle East. KUMAH seeks to enhance the Jewish Diaspora’s connection to Israel through innovative media projects, seminars and speaking tours. KUMAH also works in Israel to strengthen the Jewish character of the state through media, educational initiatives and new parliamentary legislation.

 

DOREINU was founded by a group of young professional in Los Angeles who sensed a fundamental need for discovering our roles in Jewish history. Looking holistically at our story spanning thousands of years has brought us to the realization that Israel’s modern return to nationhood has significantly altered the Jewish experience worldwide and placed us in a unique generation unlike any before. Recognizing that we are living in one of the most incredible chapters in the story of our people, we work to promote and inspire Jewish community, identity and the will to participate in history by providing cutting edge social, cultural and educational programs in an accepting, open minded and agenda-free environment.

Click here to see our 10 Point Plan

A NEW ZIONIST VISION

As active participants in the story of our people, we aim to revitalize the Zionist movement so that it play a central role in advancing Jewish aspirations forward to the next stage of our national rebirth, towards a stage of spiritual renewal based on our authentic Hebrew culture and towards the establishment of a model democratic society that will set a moral example to all of mankind. We have successfully liberated our homeland from foreign rule, achieved political independence, revived our ancient language to every-day use and begun an ongoing process of ingathering our exiles. Now we must foster a new Zionist vision that can overcome today’s challenges and advance the Jewish people forward.

Time for a change:
It is time for our generation to take responsibility for Jewish history into our hands

It is time we take the massive budgets of the Jewish institutions and invest them in fostering a national consciousness and sense of peoplehood within Diaspora youth

It is time we effectively answer the accusations of Israel’s critics by creating programs that will actually address their indictments and teach Jewish students throughout the world to confidently champion Jewish national rights in a manner far more effective than the faltering hasbara industry

It is time we present a deeper and more holistic Zionist narrative that does not fear the Palestinian narrative but can effectively engage it

It is time we make clear that Israel is not a colonialist presence in the Middle East but rather an indigenous people with an inalienable right to self-determination in our homeland

Join the ALLIANCE FOR NEW ZIONIST VISION and help us advance Jewish history to the next stage.

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