Jerusalem Program / 1951

The Jerusalem program was initially adopted in 1951 at the 23rd World Zionist Congress to replace the Basel Program. The Jerusalem Program differed from the original Basel Program in that it shifted the goals of the Zionist Movement once the State of Israel was already established.

THE JERUSALEM PROGRAM IS THE OFFICIAL PLATFORM OF THE WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION AND THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic, and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future.

The foundations of Zionism are:

The unity of the Jewish people, its bond to its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the nation;

Aliyah to Israel from all countries and the effective integration of all immigrants into Israeli society.

Strengthening Israel as a Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state and shaping it as an exemplary society with a unique moral and spiritual character, marked by mutual respect for the multi-faceted Jewish people, rooted in the vision of the prophets, striving for peace and contributing to the betterment of the world.

Ensuring the future and the distinctiveness of the Jewish people by furthering Jewish, Hebrew, and Zionist education, fostering spiritual and cultural values, and teaching Hebrew as the national language;

Nurturing mutual Jewish responsibility, defending the rights of Jews as individuals and as a nation, representing the national Zionist interests of the Jewish people, and struggling against all manifestations of anti-Semitism;

Settling the country as an expression of practical Zionism.

The Nature of Zionism

Zionism is a movement which adheres to the basic principles of justice, equality and democracy and which rejects discrimination based on origin, nationality, race, gender or sexual orientation. Zionism is committed to the State of Israel's landmark document, the Israel Declaration of Independence and to the State of Israel's fundamental values, as enshrined therein.

The Zionist Calendar

Listed on this page are many major events in our Zionist history. We hope you will find it useful for educational programming opportunities and to plan specific events in your community calendars.

What are the National Institutions?

From the very first Zionist Congress convened by Theodor Herzl in 1897, the Zionist movement began the process of building the State of Israel. To bring about the founding of the state, they established the so-called "National Institutions" – "national" in reference to their belonging to the Jewish people everywhere.

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