The 38th Zionist Congress


The 38th Zionist Congress will take place October 20-22, 2020; 2-4 Heshvan, 5781.


The Zionist Congress is headquartered in Jerusalem.

The 38th Congress will, for the first time, be held online due to restrictions in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.



Territorial Zionist Federations, which act as umbrella organizations for all the Zionist bodies in a particular country, and are responsible for, among other things, administering the democratic election of delegates to the Zionist Congress.

Once a Zionist Federation's constituent organizations nominate their delegate-candidates, the Federation oversees a parliamentary election where all Jews over the age of 18 that permanently reside in that country are eligible to participate.

All delegates to the Zionist Congress should be at least 18 years of age and have either been elected through the process noted above or nominated by either an international Jewish-Zionist organization or an an Israeli Zionist political party, a Jewish religious denomination or a non-aligned faction to stand as a delegate-candidate in elections.

Only delegates are entitled to participate in committee meetings and general Congress sessions while enjoying full voting rights.

Deputy Delegates

The bodies entitled to send delegates to the Congress are also entitled to send two deputies for each delegate. Deputy delegates may participate in most meetings of the Congress but do not wield a right to vote unless replacing a delegate, either temporarily or permanently.


Observers are pre-registered for the Zionist Congress and can attend most of its sessions but cannot enter committee meetings or vote on resolutions or constitutional amendments.