The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), founded in 1897, was one of the first official Zionist organizations in the United States, and, especially early in the 20th century, the primary representative of the Jews of the United States to the World Zionist Organization, espousing primarily Political Zionism.
Today, the ZOA continues to exist as a prominent pro-Israel group in the United States, with 50,000 current members. A leading Israeli newspaper, Maariv, recently called the ZOA "the most important organization in the American Jewish community today."
Along with its sister organization Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, and the Labor Zionist Po'ale Zion parties, and the Religious Zionist Mizrachi, the ZOA served as one of the key voices in early American Zionism, especially as American Jews were not initially strong supporters of the Zionist movement.
The ZOA today works to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations, through educational activities, public affairs programs, support for pro-Israel legislation on Capitol Hill, and by combating what it perceives as anti-Israel bias in the media, textbooks, travel guides, and on campuses. The ZOA's Law and Justice Department has also been at the forefront of legal efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism.
The ZOA also sponsors educational and cultural programs in Israel. The "ZOA House" is a noted cultural center in Tel Aviv. The ZOA is responsible for founding the Kfar Silver school, which provides education and vocational training for new Jewish immigrants and others on a campus near Ashkelon. The ZOA's youth division sponsors one of the largest programs for sending young Jews to visit Israel.
The current president, for life, of the ZOA is Morton Klein.