Zionist Organization of America

Founded 1897

aka ZOA   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.zoa.org

Mission

Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel. ZOA is committed to promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations. ZOA works to protect Jewish college and high school students from intimidation, harassment, and discrimination, and fights anti-Semitism in general in every arena.

The objectives and purposes of the ZOA are as follows:

a) To continue to foster and strengthen the concept of Jewish renaissance through the rebirth of Israel as a nation in its ancient homeland.

b) To educate the public about threats to Israel, fight anti-Semitism through any and all lawful means, and strive for the survival of Judaism wherever Jews may be, particularly in the United States of America.

c) To aid in the further development of the State of Israel as the home of the Jewish people and the spiritual and cultural center of Jewish life.

d) To foster among its members, and particularly among Jewish youth, the objectives and ideals of Judaism, through a program of education, and to strengthen the spiritual unity of the Jewish people.

e) To build a bridge of understanding between the Jewish people of the United States and the Jewish people in other countries, especially in Israel.

f) To gather and spread information among its members and the public at large, with respect to happenings and events that may affect Israel and the Jewish people.

g) To foster and encourage among its members an abiding appreciation for the democratic way of life in the United States of America and the ideals upon which it is grounded.

Ruling year info

2013

National President

Morton A. Klein

Main address

633 Third Avenue Suite 31-B

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-5628475

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

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Public Affairs & Zionist Education

To create public awareness in communities around the country about the happenings affecting the Jewish people and to education the public concerning the values of Zionism.

Population(s) Served

The ZOA Center for Law and Justice (ZOA-CLJ) was established to meet the need for greater organizational involvement in legal matters that affect relations among the United States, Israel and the Jewish people.

We work to educate the American public and Congress about legal issues in order to advance the interests of Israel and the Jewish people.

We assist American victims of terrorism in vindicating their rights under the law, and seek to hold terrorists and sponsors of terrorism accountable for their actions.

We fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses.

We strive to enforce existing law and also to create new law in order to safeguard the rights of the Jewish people in the United States and Israel.

Population(s) Served

The government relations department focuses on three main themes in its advocacy with Congress at present. ZOA remains the only major American Jewish organization advocating for an end to US aid to the Palestinian Authority until the PA fulfills its signed commitments under various "peace process" agreements, including to arrest and imprison terrorists; dismantle and outlaw terrorist groups; end incitement to hatred and murder within the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools, and youth camps; end the PA alliance with Hamas; and recognize Israel as a Jewish state. ZOA has been a major force advocating for firm US support of Israel's defensive war this past summer against Hamas, the Islamic Resistance terrorist organization. Finally, Iran continues its relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and ZOA is at the forefront of the congressional fight to stop Iran from achieving this capability.

Population(s) Served

Bringing pro-Israel programs to college campuses. ZOA Campus educates students about Israel, and teaches students to counter anti-Israel propaganda. ZOA Campus also selects a number of student leaders every year to bring on a mission to Israel. ZOA Campus also coordinates a summer internship program for students to work in the NY office, and a Campus Fellowship program. The campus department is active all over the United Staes creating strategies on campuses for promoting Zionist activity and pro-Israel programming> ZOA Campus has become a vital network of students all over the country.

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Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, media, elected officials, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel. ZOA is also committed to promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations. ZOA works to protect Jewish college and high school students from intimidation, harassment and discrimination, and in fighting anti-Semitism in general.

Under the leadership of such illustrious presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies, Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, and current National President Morton A. Klein, the ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism for over a century. With a national membership of over 30,000, and chapters throughout the United States, the ZOA today works to strengthen US-Israeli relations, through educational activities, public affairs programs, working every day on Capitol Hill, and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media, textbooks, and on college campuses.

ZOA's Center for Law and Justice utilizes the American justice system to help Israel and the Jewish people. The Center files suit with the Federal Department for violations of law where anti-Semitism or anti-Israel policy is at issue. The Center for Law and Justice helped bring about the shutdown of ten pro-terrorist web sites. The ZOA initiated a groundbreaking case under federal civil rights laws to rectify the dangerous anti-Semitic/anti-Israel climate on college campuses. The Center also addresses and confronts the leadership of universities, companies, and organizations that seek to knowingly or unknowingly put forth anti-Semitic or anti-Israel bias in the public sphere.

Our long-term goal is the continued thriving of the Jewish State of Israel. So long as ZOA keeps working to ensure this truth every day, we are making tremendous meaningful strides.

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Zionist Organization of America

Board of directors
as of 12/4/2017
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Board chair

Dr. Michael Goldblatt

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No