I’m writing to you from Tel Aviv after several days of not sleeping at all or not sleeping well. The Events of Jan 6, 2021 are still playing on an endless loop in my mind. I hope that you are comforted that the Congress returned after the Capitol was cleared and resumed its business of declaring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the next President and Vice President of the United States.
These last four years in general and the last seven weeks specifically – culminating in the horrid events of Jan 6 – have taught us that democracy is not a spectator sport. Rather, we each must be engaged and take our part to nurture and tend to our democracy and its bodies.
To this end, Democrats Abroad-Israel will be holding its Annual General Meeting in March in order to select a new board.
All the positions are up for re-election, including my position as Chair, which is term-limited.
The AGM will take place on March 16 at 19:30 via zoom.
Below is important information from the Nomination and Elections Committee about the process. Please read it carefully and consider running for office. We need an active and vibrant party to protect our democracy.
Heather Stone, Chair, Democrats Abroad-Israel
Information about the AGM and DA-Israel Elections
On March 16th we will be holding our Democrats Abroad Israel and the Palestinian Territories Annual General Meeting at 19:30 via Zoom.
During the AGM, we will discuss the efforts made by DA in the last election and the effect of DA votes in the November 2020 election.
- Annual Report. We will hear the report from the Chair for the preceding year, as well as the report of the Chair for the Amuta that was established in 2020 in order to enable DAI to fundraise.
- Fundraising and volunteering. We will discuss fundraising and volunteer opportunities;
Bylaws. We will hold a vote for amending the bylaws. The proposed changes include:
- Including a permanent position for the Chair of the Amuta;
- Establishing regional chapters which will be subject to the discretion Executive Committee;
- Adding two positions to the Executive Committee, Fundraising Representative and At-Large members;
- DCPA reps. Method of electing and choosing the Democratic Party Committee Abroad Voting Representatives, Alternative DPCA Representatives and Non-Voting DPCA Representatives.
Board elections. We will hold general elections for the Executive Committee including the new positions subject to the bylaws being amended as proposed.
- Executive Vice Chair
- Vice Chair for GOTV
- Vice Chair for Membership
- Vice Chair for Social media
- Vice Chair Media and Public Policy
- Vice Chair for finance (Treasurer)
- Vice Chair for Legal counsel
- Vice Chair for Fundraising;
- At large Members.
- DPCA Representatives (if elected to an executive position on the board , you may also stand for election as a DPCA Voting Representative or Alternate DPCA Voting Representative, subject to Gender Balance as deemed necessary by DA - International bylaws).
- Audit committee. We will also hold elections for the Audit Committee of the newly established Amuta.
Any member of DA-Israel is eligible to submit their candidacy for any of the open positions of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. For a description of the position’s responsibilities please refer to the attached bylaws.
To submit your candidacy, please fill out the attached nomination form and return by email to NECIsrael@demsabroad.eu by February 14th, 2021. If you choose to nominate someone else for candidacy, please notify the nominating committee by email to NECIsrael@demsabroad.eu no later than Feb.1,2021 so that we can contact that person directly for approval.
Our Media Team was in high gear during the elections, making sure our views were represented throughout the Israeli media -- print, television, radio, in English and in Hebrew. Our amazing media team, led by Media Chair Dr. Elana Sztokman along with DA-Israel Chair Heather Stone, was fearless opposite our opponents, running around the country while barely sleeping during election week. Special thanks to our outstanding Media Team members:
- Ethan Kushner
- Hezi Kluger
- Danny Oren
- Hadass Tescher
- Sheldon Schorer
- Marc Shulman
- Tally Zingher
- Dan Elkayam
- Maya Fried
- Carey Fried
- Judy Golub
- Bob Golub
Below are links to our election-related media appearances:
Here are links to our television appearances on channels other than Youtube:Read more
If you are from one of the 20 states that requires that you mail your ballot back - Democrats Abroad Israel has a swift and economic solution. This is especially important in light of the slowness of the post and diplomatic pouch, and the limits of the Coronavirus lockdown.
DHL-Israel is offering us a 40% discount for sending in our ballots.
To benefit from this deal, go to: https://mydhl.express.dhl/il/en/shipment.html#/#address-details (Use a computer or tablet, not a smartphone), and follow the instructions below.
(1) Fill out the airway bill.
- Fill in all the mandatory boxes.Skip the optional boxes.
- Company name is your name on the sender side and the the local election official on the recipient side.
- Look up your local election official’s information on www.votefromabroad.org/statesIf the address is a Post Office Box, call or email them and get a street address. Tell them you are a UOCAVA Voter sending your ballot by courier and need a street address.
- Choose the date and time window when you want your package picked up.
If you do not have access to a printer, schedule the pick-up a day later to allow for finding a printing solution.
- Choose your means of payment — credit card or PayPal.
Before entering your payment details check the box to use the Promo Code USA40 for a 40% discount.
(2) Print out your airway bill and receipt.
If you do not have a printer, try to access a printer elsewhere (via neighbors, friends, relatives, colleagues, or print shops). If those options are not available to you, you can contact us at email@example.com and we will help find a solution. However, if you have printing challenges, make sure that you schedule your pick-up for at least one day later in order to allow for the printing solution.
(3) Wait for DHL to come fetch your ballot.
If you need help, Democrats Abroad Israel volunteers will be happy to answer your questions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
States have different requirements for sending in your ballot -- FAX, EMAIL, or MAIL.
Check out the chart below to find out what your state requires.
WY* (OR EMAIL)
WY* (OR FAX)
NJ* - email and follow up with hard copy by mail; VT* - you can email if there is no postal service in your country; WY* - check with your county whether they accept email or fax.
To find out how to MAIL IN your ballot, click here
To find out how to FAX your ballot, click here
If your state requires you to mail in your ballot and you want to avoid the USPS, you have three choices for how to send in your ballot from Israel:
Plan A: Hand-deliver your ballot to either the American Embassy in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by October 2 from where it will be delivered to your LEO via diplomatic pouch (assuming you are able to get there subject to lockdown rules).
Plan B: Send your ballot via local delivery service to the American Embassy in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by October 2where it will then be delivered to your LEO via diplomatic pouch.
* RECOMMENDED Plan C: Send your ballot directly to your Local Election Office (LEO) via international document delivery by October 2.
Important announcement from the American Embassy for mail-in ballots
“Where mail-in ballots are the only option, please consider using a courier service to send your ballot directly to your home state to be counted. If you live far from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you may also mail ballots via Israel Post or private courier to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv. Please consider this only as a last resort, as it will add steps to the process and slow it down. We will then mail your ballots for you to the United States to be delivered to your district office via Diplomatic Pouch. Please note that if you chose to mail your ballots via the U.S. Embassy or the Embassy Branch Office, we cannot guarantee that your ballot will reach your home state in time to be counted. “
Whichever plan you choose, we highly recommend sending in your ballot as soon as possible
To send in your ballot by mail, follow the steps below.Read more
The states that require faxed-in ballots are: AK, CA, FL, LA, and OK, and WY (as one option)
If you vote in one of the states that requires faxed-in ballots, here is what you have to do:
FAX your ballot back to your Local Election Official (LEO).
Not sure how to Fax? There’s an app for that. Fill out the attached fax transmission cover sheet: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/coversheet.pdf ; sign it, and scan it with the ballot materials to email@example.com and FVAP.gov will fax it in for you. Do this at least 10 days before Election Day to allow time for FVAP.gov to fax your ballot to your LEO.
The 2020 election is a critical moment in American history, as the fate of democracy hangs in the balance. Democrats Abroad-Israel stands on the front-lines protecting Democracy in America and around the world.
But we need your help!