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 Purim and Passover approach, followed soon after by Israel's 70th Independence Day, we are filled with conflicted feelings about our beloved Eretz Yisrael. Pride and excitement for its many successes: a thriving economy, a growing population, its many humanitarian organizations, eco-consciousness, new Israeli cuisine, unparalleled innovations. At the same time, we are distressed over the government inequalities for religious streams and anti-democratic policies, religious extremism by the ultra-Orthodox, gender inequalities, racism and mass deportation of African asylum seekers. Nevertheless, we must never lose sight of the ongoing daily challenges Israel faces and the imperative for our steadfast commitment to Israel'e future. For more of this month's Newsletter, please click here.
Israel's 100th Reform Rabbi Is about to Be Ordained!
Exciting news! This week, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will ordain the 100th Israeli Reform rabbi at the school's Rabbinical Ordination and Academic Convocation on November 16, 2017. The "Class of the 100th Israeli Reform Rabbi" includes the following individuals:
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Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015