Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland

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The first conference of the Zionist Federation of England 1899

The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland,[1] also known as the British Zionist Federation or simply the Zionist Federation (ZF), was established in 1899 to campaign for a permanent homeland for the Jewish people. The Zionist Federation is an umbrella organisation for the Zionist movement in the United Kingdom, representing more than 120 organisations, and over 50,000 affiliated members.[2]


In 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour communicated the Balfour Declaration to the leader of United Kingdom's Jewish community Lord Rothschild for transmission to the Zionist Federation.[3][4]

In 1920, the Zionist Federation founded Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) and Keren Hayesod. The ZF also founded a number of Zionist youth movements.

As of October 2012, the chairman of the ZF is Paul Charney.

Aims and objectives[edit]

Among its aims and objectives, ZF lists:[5]

  • Support, co-ordinate and facilitate the work of all its affiliates nationwide, and to continue its commitment to the Zionist youth movements.
  • Encourage the participation of Jews in Zionist activities including education, culture, Hebrew language and Israel information, underpinned by the belief that the main goal of Zionism is Aliyah.
  • The Zionist Federation is an umbrella organisation encompassing most of the Zionist organizations and individuals in the country and, as such, represents the Zionist movement in the United Kingdom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland - University of Leeds". Library. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  2. ^ "Zionist Federation". The Jewish Leadership Council. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  3. ^ Zieve, Tamara (2017-10-25). "World Zionist Organization finally responds to Lord Balfour in letter". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  4. ^ "100 years on, what the Balfour Declaration means for the Middle East today". The Independent. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  5. ^ https://zionist.org.uk/about-zf/

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