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 the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) approach, we turn to introspection, family and community. As passionate Canadian Jews and Reform Zionists who love Israel we have much to be grateful for but also much to be concerned about.
I am grateful for the response from you, our progressive Zionist community, to my Call to Action regarding our objections to aspects of the Nation State Bill which is now a Basic Law. See CJN Article that for which ARZA CANADA was interviewed. We will continue to work in partnership with our friends and partners in Israel. With your support, together we serve as the voice of Canadian Reform Zionists.
I am grateful to URJ Camp George for providing a camping experience for our youth that lives our Reform values and our Zionist values. Their Community Leadership Day on August 11 was a celebration of Israel at 70. It was a joy to participate, to meet the Israelis working there and to welcome Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA (US).
But... I am concerned about the growing rift between the Jews of the diaspora and the State of Israel. While we look up to Israel, admire its astonishing achievements and view it as our second home, recent events in Israel are testing the democratic and egalitarian dimensions of the Jewish state. We must work together to change course and ensure that Israel will continue to be the Jewish democratic state it is meant to be.
ARZA CANADA, President
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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