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.
ARZA Canada Week November 8-16
For the fourth year we are designating a week of Israel engagement activity across Canada as ARZA Canada Week. The idea is to focus on the smaller and medium size congregations and provide them with a dynamic speaker about the Reform Movement in Israel. This year we are fortunate to have two wonderful guests from Israel:
Yael Karrie is a senior rabbinical student in the Israeli program at Hebrew Union College and serves as the spiritual leader of the Reform Community of Sha'ar Ha Negev. During the crises in Israel this past summer, Yael played a pivotal role in coordinating the relief activities of the Israel Reform Movement. Yael represents the new generation of Israeli born Reform leaders who have helped the IMPJ grow to over 50 communities throughout Israel. David Bernsteinis is the Director of Development and Overseas Relations for the Reform Movement in Israel. David has been an active lay leader of the Movement and is past president of Kihlat Birkat Shalom at Kibbutz Gezer. He has an extensive senior fundraising management background with the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The schedule of events is listed below and I hope that you take advantage of the programs as they take place in your area. Please check the synagogues individual calendars for exact times.
The overall theme is:
Building the Reform Movement in Israel: From Strength to Strength
Saturday November 8 Temple Har Zion Thornhill Torah study lead by Yael Karrie
Sunday November 9 City Shul 36 Harbord Street Toronto 7:30pm
Israeli film This is My Land
How do Israeli and Palestinian school systems teach" the conflict"An outstanding documentary featured at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Discussion following with Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
Monday November 10 Temple Israel Ottawa Yael Karrie evening lecture and discussion
Tuesday November 11 Temple Beth Ora Edmonton Yael Karrie evening lecture and discussion.
Wednesday November 12 Temple B'nai Tikvah, Calgary Yael Karrie evening lecture and discussion
Thursday November 13 Temple Sholom Vancouver Yael Karrie evening torah study and discussion
Friday November 14 ARZA Canada Board Shabbat Dinner Temple Sinai Toronto with Yael Karrie and David Bernstein
Kabbalat Shabbat services with Yael Karrie
Saturday November 15 Temple Kol Ami Thornhill Torah study led by Yael Karrie
Sunday November 16 ARZA Canada Board Meeting- Temple Sinai David Berstein speaking
Yael and David will also be speaking at the Kallah for Small Canadian congregations being held at Shaarei- Beth EL Oakville.