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.
As we approach the holiday of light, Chanukah, we take joy in celebrating our traditions with family, friends and our community. In Canada, we know we are blessed to be able to celebrate our Judaism as we choose. Sadly not so in Israel. We are working to change that.
Your ARZA Canada Board has been active with our congregations to strengthen relations with Israel and specifically with our partners in Israel, the Israel Reform Movement.
Rabbi Benjie Gruber, our ARZA Canada Israeli Scholar-in-Residence, has been well received as he visits Reform congregations including Toronto's Emanu-el and Sinai, Thornhill's Kol Ami, Oakville's Shaarei Beth El, and Hamilton's Anshe Sholom. He is inspiring our members and friends. Our hope is for him to visit every Canadian Reform congregation. To learn more, please click here.
Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Why Join ARZA Canada?
Why Join ARZA Canada... because (a) your membership gives increased voting power in Israel at the World Zionist Congress and (b) your dues finance Israel engagement programs in Canadian Reform congregations and support Reform initiatives in Israel.
ARZA Canada is the Zionist organization of the Reform Movement, a volunteer led association that reaches out to all Reform Jews in Canada to help foster a better understanding of Israel and to support the Reform Movement in Israel. It is a vital part of our Movement as no matter what our political views are, Israel is a central part of our identity.
Reform Zionism can be interpreted to be many things to many people, even within our congregations. Now, 67 years after the establishment of the state, we need to work to support the democracy and to ensure that Israel is a place that embraces Jews of all backgrounds and streams in a pluralistic and egalitarian environment. Zionism today is not necessarily about making aliyah, but is about understanding what Israeli society is today and how it can be improved in the future. It is also about visiting Israel to see what an amazing country it is.
ARZA Canada is part of the international Reform Zionist group called ARZENU. The strength in membership numbers in all affiliates from around the world has a direct bearing on the resources and political power that the Israeli Reform Movement has at the World Zionist Organization and other government agencies in Israel. Proudly the Israeli Reform movement, now with 45 congregations, is achieving growing recognition and influence in Israel. But it needs our support, both financially and as partners.
Please make sure that you join ARZA Canada through your annual dues invoice, if available, or by direct registration on our website at www.arzacanada.org. Your dues of only $18 per person or $36 per family support both Israel education programs in Canadian Reform congregations and the work of the Reform Movement in Israel.
We, at ARZA Canada, need your support to help the Reform Movement in Israel (IMPJ) to continue their effort to ensure Israel grows as a pluralistic and democratic Jewish state, one that we as Reform Jews feel shares our values. We invite you to join us in demonstrating your active commitment to Israel and to the values of the Reform Movement in Israel. Your membership is critical.
Miriam Pearlman, President