The following Ideological Statement was adopted unanimously at the 32nd biennial convention of LZA.

INTRODUCTION

Labor Zionism has its origins in the early twentieth century. Its ideology is based on the 2000-year-old dream of Jewish national self-determination and the vision of a just and humane society. Labor Zionists were a driving force in the reestablishment of the Jewish homeland. Labor Zionists emphasize Israel as the center of Jewish life and are committed to promoting progressive Jewish issues, a peace-oriented Israel, social democracy, and economic justice throughout the world.

LABOR ZIONISM AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE

Labor Zionists view Judaism as a civilization that embodies a multifaceted religion, diverse cultural traditions and languages, and the need for national self-determination. We believe that Jews must build on the foundations of our heritage, and promote its continuation. We are committed to the following:

  • Fight for the rights of the Jewish people, wherever and whenever threatened
  • Revitalize Jewish life in the United States through innovative formal and informal Jewish education
  • Educate and support Jewish youth through our affiliated youth movement, Habonim Dror
  • Create new leadership whose role is to promote progressive Jewish issues
  • Support pluralism and egalitarianism in Jewish life
  • Work toward a democratic distribution of power in our Jewish communities.