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 8,400 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.


 

Save the Date: June 18, 2020

4:30pm Pacific,  5:30pm Mountain,  6:30pm Central,  7:30pm Eastern,  2:30am Israel

A Canadian Reform Fundraiser for the Israel Reform Movement
Join Us as We Rise Up for the Israel Reform Movement

I have some exciting news. We are all aware that the confinement we are experiencing is creating unprecedented challenges, both human and economic. Despite the difficulties we face here in Canada arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, our Israeli colleagues are facing even greater challenges due to a perfect storm of funding shortfalls, political turmoil and the impact of the pandemic. The economic challenges are greater than ever for the IMPJ. They rely on the help of their friends in the diaspora.

So we in Canada are making an effort to step up to the plate to help. 

Plan to join us on June 18 where there will be wonderful musical entertainment and meaningful dialogue from both our Israeli and Canadian Reform musicians, rabbis and lay leaders. If we truly believe in helping to grow egalitarian Reform Judaism in Israel and supporting all the work that IMPJ does, let’s dig deeply to support with a generous donation.

Stay tuned: We will provide more details in the upcoming days on how to donate.


 

Dear Chaverim

I pray you are all keeping safe and healthy as we hold the course with our physical distancing measures. These are challenging days, so let’s focus on the good news. 

ARZA Canada emerged as the strongest Zionist organization!

I am so proud of ARZA Canada. I can finally report to you the official result of the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF) with regard to the final mandates for the 38th World Zionist Congress. 

Thanks to your support in membership, we  have emerged as the strongest Canadian Zionist organization. There is much respect for how well organized we are as Canadian Reform Zionists, for the validity of ARZA Canada's membership numbers, the membership list submitted and the hard work done to enlist our membership according to the rules. We invested many resources, financial and people, to create a new data base. We also tirelessly campaigned our congregations to help increase our membership. The reality is we went from about 3,000 at a low point to 8,415 ARZA Canada members.

The official result for the 20 mandates allocated by the World Zionist Organization to CZF is as follows: ARZA Canada 6, Canadian Forum of Russian speaking Jews 5, Mizrachi Canada 4, Mercaz Canada 3, Herut Canada 1, Armeinu/Meretz 1. It was agreed that elections would not be possible with the current Covid-19 pandemic. The final allocation is based on 100% agreement.

We achieved our goal! No Reform in any other country has won as many mandates proportionally - Canada 30%, US 25%, UK 21% - despite our being the smallest of the three main Jewish denominations in Canada.

Our success will help strengthen our faction in Israel. 

To see what is planned and the schedule and links, click here.


 

Listen to Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism, speak passionately about Reform Judaism in Israel.

Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.

Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015

 

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