Announcement: Vote OIC in WZC Election

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This year is an election year for the World Zionist Congress, which makes policy decisions for the World Zionist Organization. I am proud to be on the slate of the Orthodox Israel Coalition, which is supported by the OU, YU, RCA, Touro, Mizrachi and others, and which has Rav Hershel Schachter at the top of its slate.

This is an important election because the policies set by the WZC affect billions of charitable dollars for Jewish causes. In the last election five years ago, Reform mobilized its members and captured a large number of seats. Do you know why Masa scholarships for gap year in Israel tuition is down to only $200 (previously in the thousands)? Because the WZC voted to lower the funding. We can change that.

Reform, secular and progressive groups are mobilizing to, among other things, remove funding from over the Green Line. See this article in the Forward about this year’s election: link

Please vote for the Orthodox Israel Coalition. Learn more about this slate at

Voting begins TODAY at

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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