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.



Friday May 29 - Sunday May 31


Reform Zionists- Why Israel Needs Us

An Informative and Engaging Weekend

ARZA Canada is pleased to have Rabbi Lawrence Englander as our scholar for the weekend.

Rabbi Englander is the Rabbi Emeritus of Solel Congregation in Mississauga. He retired last year after serving the congregation for 41 years. He is currently the Chair of ARZENU, the international association for progressive zionists. He is a sought after teacher and a highly regarded scholar. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005.

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Rabbi Dow Marmur -  Rabbi Emeritus Holy Blossom Temple

The birth of the new government of Israel was slow and painful. The result is anything but a strong and healthy baby. Its razor-thin majority (61 out of 120 Knesset seats) is divided between five coalition parties. By all accounts, most of the major protagonists can’t stand each other and no doubt harbour grudges after lengthy and acrimonious negotiations, particularly between Netanyahu’s Likud and Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi. Perhaps the two dislike each other because they’re so similar.

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                        May 5, 2015

                        ‏ט"ז אייר תשע"ה

ARZENU, the global Reform Zionist organization, has called on the Government of Israel to reconsider and change its policy towards the non-Jewish asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection in the Jewish State, particularly in light of the news that 3 of them, effectively deported from Israel, have been killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya.“During a visit to Israel to participate in meetings of the World Zionist Congress and the Jewish Agency we were invited to visit the Holot Detention camp in the Negev that houses African men who have fled to Israel from Eritrea and Darfur.  The young men whom we met told us that they had agreed to go there in order to expedite the processing of their applications for asylum following years of living in limbo in Israel” said ARZENU Chair, Rabbi Lawrence Englander of Toronto.

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Dear friends,

The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, its rabbis and communities express deep sorrow for the difficult events which have taken place in recent days as a result of the Israeli Ethiopian community’s protest. Alongside our unequivocal condemnation of expressions of violence, we express our sympathy with the pain and cry of a large and important population in Israeli society which is justly protesting against discrimination, a sense of alienation and exclusion and grave social and community distress. We call upon the Israeli government and authorities to act with great sensitivity, restraint and a constant effort to dialogue and calming the atmosphere. We stand by the public leaders and activists who are working to lead a strong and meaningful demonstration, all the while restraining from the use of violence.

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A Jewish, democratic Israel cannot deport its asylum seekers

As we recall our own flight to freedom, how can we overlook the plight of the African refugees in our midst?

By Sarah R. F. Sholklapper | Apr. 7, 2015 | 3:40 PM |  


Asylum seekers in Holot holding the Immigration Authority's announcement of the new deportation policy.Photo by Ilan Assayag

Asylum seekers in Holot holding the Immigration Authority's announcement of the new deportation policy.Photo by Ilan Assayag





By Mira Sucharov | Apr. 10, 2015 | 4:37 PM | 


      March in the Negev is fickle. Warm in the sun, cool in the shade, and downright cold when the wind blows. Which it does, often. A dust devil forms and sweeps through where we are sitting; I cover my face just in time. Many of my fellow guests at the Refugee Seder at the Holot Detention Facility, in which I participated as part of T’ruah’s Year-in-Israel Human Rights Program for rabbinical students, are not so lucky. They are still rubbing the dirt out of their eyes while the detainees resume speaking without missing a beat. Living here for more than a year now, they’re used to it.

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The World Zionist Organization will be having it's 37th Annual Congress in Jerusalem October 20-22, 2015.  Please click here to for information about the World Zionist Congress Elections and ARZENU.  Also stay tuned for updates as news about the Congress becomes available.