B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman has been elected as a member of the Zionist Executive. On Aug. 22, Saltzman was chosen at the meeting of the Presidium of the Zionist General Council. The Zionist Executive is the executive arm of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), which encourages aliyah, promotes Hebrew language proficiency and Zionist-Jewish education, combats anti-Semitism and sponsors Zionist programming in Israel.
The Zionist General Council enacts resolutions made by the World Zionist Congress and the Zionist movement. B’nai B’rith International’s roster of deputy members on the council was also elected at the Presidium meeting, along with representatives of other member bodies. B’nai B’rith International has been a member of the WZO since 1989, and, since then, B’nai B’rith delegations have taken an active role in the Zionist movement.
Saltzman is also due to be elected to the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Board of Governors at the next meeting in Jerusalem on Oct. 20-31. JAFI—established in 1929 as an extension of the WZO to ensure the establishment of the state—is today the major link between Jewish communities in the Diaspora with the State of Israel, promoting Jewish attachment to Jewish identity and the Jewish state. Saltzman participated in the Board’s last meeting held in June in Paris.
“These two organizations promote all the wonderful things Israel has to offer, and I am proud to serve on both,” Saltzman said. “Now, more than ever, we need to promote Zionist-Jewish education and continue to aid those who need protection from anti-Semitism.”