Zionist Congress

About the Department

The Department for Irgoon and Connection with Israelis Abroad was established at the Israel Zionist Congress (October 2020). For the first time in the national institutions, there is a department with the main function of the connection between the State of Israel with Israelis in the Diaspora.

The department is responsible for four pillars of activity - Zionist Federations, Connections with Israelis in the Diaspora, the Bialik Institution, and the areas of Irgoon of The World Zionist Organization.

Strengthening the relationship between world Jewry and Israel

The Department of Irgoon and Israelies Abroad in the World Zionist Organization aims to strengthen the world Jewry’s Zionist identity and affinity to the State of Israel.

The department’s Jerusalem-based team, along with staff and emissaries on five continents, has undertaken the goal of strengthening the position of Zionism and Israel, as part of “Jewish peoplehood”. The path to this goal includes making space for Zionist discourse and examining the role of Israel in fashioning a Jewish identity.   It is our hope, that despite the complex and shifting current reality, such a space will foster a deeper connection between Israel and the Diaspora.

We consider ourselves beholden to creating a space that will be able to contain the many varied religious and political opinions and perceptions present in the Jewish world. We pledge our commitment to giving a voice to Diaspora Jews in Israel.