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.


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Joint Reform Jewish Movement Statement On The 70th Anniversary Of The Establishment Of The State Of Israel

April 18, 2018 - The statement below is issued by the organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life:


We join with our Israeli brothers and sisters, the worldwide family of the Jewish people, and friends of Israel everywhere, to mark with joy the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.  

We take this moment to renew and reaffirm our Movement-wide commitment to ahavat Yisrael (love for the land and people of Israel), through our words, by personally studying and traveling in Israel, and by providing financial and political support to the State of Israel and our partners there. We work every day to defend Israel when she comes under attack, and we play a key role in advancing the crucial relationships between Israel and the countries in which we serve.  

We know this to be true: The State of Israel represents the greatest achievement of modern Jewish history, reuniting millions with the land that gave birth to the faith and people of Israel. Following nearly 1900 years of exile - centuries of persecution and expulsion, that culminated in eras of both catastrophe and creative growth and innovation - the Jewish people are again sovereign on Jewish soil.  

As the Declaration of Independence states, the establishment of the State of Israel "is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State." The Zionist dream has been fulfilled with the ingathering of Jews who sought refuge and fulfillment in a land holy to our people, and is continually renewed by ongoing technological, medical, and economic miracles. We are continually inspired by Israeli creativity and contributions to Jewish life and culture. We will not yield in our pledge to strengthen our ties to the Jewish state and to be strengthened by her. 

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The State of Israel and I are the same age. While I am classified as a senior (well... a junior senior), the State of Israel is yet in its prepubescent or perhaps preadolescent stage. I have been a witness to the miracle of Israel and I continue to be the eternal optimist. An optimism that may seem like "unwarranted hope" but based on the belief that "necessity is the mother of invention". Despite, and perhaps because of, our history as a people debating and arguing from every side of the political, religious and social spectrums, heneinu, we are here, and after thousands of years, we have a Jewish homeland. Israel has turned us into a normal people by enabling us to be at home in the land of our ancestors, irrespective of where we actually live. Israel's story is entirely unique. There is no other nation like it in the world. What better time to celebrate that than on the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

In the articles below, we explore every decade of Israel's 70-year existence, from the 1950s with its high unemployment, economic austerity and the birth of Israel's extraordinary agricultural industry, to the last decade which has seen Israel find its way into virtually every home around the world, either through its dazzling high-tech industry and health innovations, or through humanitarian aid, or Israel's growing cultural presence. Israel's story is a living miracle.

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Happy Independence Day everyone. 

Happy 70th Anniversary Israel.

Chag Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach


ARZA CANADA, President   


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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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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