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.
I write this from Dublin after the end of a fascinating tour of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This is a remarkably beautiful land with ancient history and complicated politics. It's impossible for me not to have compared Belfast to Israel. The "peace walls" in Belfast separating Catholic and Protestant areas still stand. The political murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road continue to tell of "The Troubles". Yet on the surface Belfast is thriving with traditional and modern music, rich culture and harmonious relations. It is a reminder that while Israel is an ancient homeland, the modern state is still very young, still working on becoming a just, democratic Jewish state. It is a reminder of how tenacious we must be to continue to work for the Israel we need it to be. Pirket Avot says it's not for us to complete the work, only to move it forward.
ARZA Canada, as the voice of Canadian Reform Zionism, can only exist with your support via your annual membership - whether you sign up each year through your annual congregation dues or online at arzacanada.org. We are only as strong both in Canada and in Israel as the size of our membership, which means you. I urge you to learn more about the significant way we serve as lay leaders striving for Israel engagement among our Canadian Reform communities while working with our progressive Jewish partners in Israel, America and worldwide. Don't be a silent bystander. Please support this holy work. Donate to IMPJ, the Reform Movement in Israel, and commit to annual membership with ARZA Canada.
May the summer bring sunny days of peace for all.
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