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.
Sunday, June 25 was a dark day for all who love the State of Israel. Israel's current governing coalition accepted two positions that insulted and demeaned Jews around the world and in our beloved homeland. The Israeli cabinet capitulated to extremist pressure from Ultra-Orthodox, non-Zionist political parties and froze its agreed-upon plan to develop an egalitarian worship space at the Western Wall (Ha-Kotel Ha-Ma'aravi). On the same day, it advanced a bill that would grant the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate exclusive control over conversions in Israel.
The Jewish world has responded with one voice. The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, the worldwide Reform and Conservative movements, ARZA-Canada and every major community organization and stream has rejected these decisions and called on the Government of Israel to reverse course immediately.
To read and see the reactions from Jewish leaders from arounf the world, click here.
Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015