ARZA Canada, strengthening ties of Reform Jews to Israel
ARZA Canada is an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism and its Canadian Council. We are a member organization of ARZENU, the International Association of Reform Zionists, and the Canadian Zionist Federation. With over 6,000 members, our mandate is to connect with Reform communities throughout Canada, foster connections with and strengthen our ties to the Reform Movement in Israel, and work to realize the vision of Reform Zionism.
Our Judaism. Our Israel.
At this time of year, in this season of renewal and new beginnings, we are reminded of the many ways in which Israel is an integral part of our Jewish identity and must be a homeland for all Jews.
As we approach Yom Kippur, our thoughts turn inward for reflection and atonement. It is an important time to think about how you are supporting the work of ARZA CANADA and of the Israel Reform Movement. As you read the linked articles below, you will agree the time is long overdue to address seriously the burning issues of religious pluralism so important to our community and to the integrity of a democratic state.
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Update from Rabbi Gilad Kariv on August 31st Supreme Court Deliberations
As I am sure many of you have already heard, this morning’s Supreme Court deliberations did not result in any concrete decision. However, the Supreme Court Justices sent a very clear message to the government, strongly advising them to unfreeze the resolution. As Chief Justice Miriam Naor said, “something frozen can also be melted.”
The deliberations this morning lasted for over two hours, during which the Government representatives tried to convince the court that their commitment to building an egalitarian platform was met. The Justices did not accept this argument.
We were prepared for the fact that a final decision would not be made this morning. In any case, we intend to continue our highly intense campaign over the next couple of months. The Supreme Court Justices clearly indicated today that if the government still refuses to implement the resolution, the court will eventually intervene. We have strong reason to believe that this intervention will be in our favor and force the government to do as they agreed upon over a year and a half ago.
There is no doubt that this is a long and daunting process, but we continue believing that in the end, we will reach the “promised land.” For a more detailed update on today's proceedings, click here.
Thank you for your support during this time.
Rabbi Gilad Kariv
President and CEO
Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015