Non-Stop Zionism is the theme of this 37th World Zionist Congress and you might think that's a straightforward concept and easily defined. If you think that, you would be completely wrong! The Congress theme, as well as almost every issue with which the Congress deals, is incredibly involved, complex and confusing! So in an effort to clarify, I will divide the entire three days of the WZO Congress into three separate categories.
Secondly, there are wonderful panel discussions such as:
I am honored to be here and because of the intensity of the experience, my mind is buzzing. The visual impact alone is quite amazing as the view from the auditorium stage attests. To the 'right' are representatives of the Likud and other Orthodox and traditional parties. In the 'center' are representatives of Kulanu, Hadassah, and other centrist parties. On the 'left' with our ARZENU (ARZA) delegates are representatives of Meretz and other liberal parties. My mind is also buzzing with the enormity of what we accomplished. Who could have dreamed that we passed a resolution favoring the establishment of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall? With overwhelming support from all factions, we resolved to oppose hate crimes. And, again with wide support, we passed a resolution recognizing support of the LGBT community. We are clearly several steps closer to our vision of a democratic, egalitarian Jewish state. We head home with bittersweet feelings. I’ll miss my family here, as well as my international friends and colleagues. I’ll miss eating halvah for breakfast! On Friday, I'll miss the awesome feeling that the whole world is preparing for Shabbat. I do look forward to being home and sharing the joy of having been here "at home" in eretz Yisrael.