Dana Landau, 21, from Zurich, and Jeremy Uhr, 25, and Ilan Tojerow, 29, both from Brussels, are among the younger generation of faces at the Congress. Committed and intelligent, they wonder, like many of their fellow delegates, how to keep the World Zionist Organization relevant and results-oriented in the 21st century.
“The Zionist movement is living in the past,” said David Borowich, chairman and founder of Dor Chadash, a New York-based group that seeks to build ties among young Israelis and American Jews. “What are we revitalizing? What is the Zionist movement?”
A vote at the last Congress four years ago decided that future gatherings would set aside 25 percent of seats for delegates age 30 or under.
At a plenary session held at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, many delegates spoke in favor of giving the younger generation more clout.
“We stand here and we talk about renewal and pay lip service to you. We have 25 percent of the delegates, but the decisions are made at the (Zionist) executive, and there is no voice there for youth,” said a younger delegate from Canada, Tomer Sadetsky. “We have to find a way to make us involved in the real decisions.”
Sound familiar? I thought so. Expect more of the same.