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.
It is with a great deal of sadness and some shock that I report to you that Kehillat NatanYa, our congregation in Natanya, was vandalized on the evening of Saturday, January 26.
The perpetrators climbed over the locked protective fence, damaged the garden, accessed the irrigation system, open a barred window, put a hose into the synagogue and turned on the water. The ankle-deep flooding was not discovered until about 14 hours after the attack. It was clearly a well planned attack. No arrests have been made so far.
The damage to the building and contents is extensive and the only positive news is that no Sifrei Torah were destroyed. Prayer books, furniture, flooring, sound equipment, the Rabbi’s prized guitar and many other items were damaged. The security fence must be repaired and the congregation now realizes that they need to invest in a complete video security system.
While ultra-Orthodox synagogues in Israel are government funded, Reform synagogues receive no government support. They are funded solely by their members and through support of the IMPJ. Let's help the members of Kehillat NatanYa overcome this tragic event.
I am appealing to you to please make a donation that will help restore the congregation. Tax Deductible Donations may be made by clicking here and writing “Natanya” in the message box.
We would like to provide our Canadian response quickly so please make your donation now.
Click here to learn more about Natanya and Kehillat NatanYa
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How We're "Rooting" Reform Judaism in the Sands of Holon
In this article, Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem discusses the relevance of Tu B'Shvat and the work that her congregation, Kehillat Kodesh V'chol in Holon, is doing to truly "root" Reform Judaism in the community.
Rabbi Cohen-Kedem is the founder and rabbi of Kehillat Kodesh V'Chol in Holon, Israel, established in 2010.
In 1890, Rabbi Wolf Zeev Yavetz from Zichron Yaakov (a town south of Haifa) wanted to celebrate the Mishnaic holiday of Tu BiShvat with his young students. He decided to plant trees with them.
Tu BiShvat was, in Mishnaic times, a calendar landmark set to evaluate the fruit of the trees for tax purposes. Rabbi Yavetz identified the educational and spiritual potential and seized the opportunity for an outdoor educational experience that left a mark both on the landscape and on his students' hearts.
When we began forming Kodesh VeChol, the Reform congregation in Holon (a city of 200,000 residents southeast of Tel Aviv), we aimed to do the same.
Supporting ARZA CANADA includes fighting for women’s rights which are human rights!
Some good news....
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, in Israel, was a big day for women's rights and the struggle to end violence against women in Israel. It may well be a moment we never forget.
Across the country, tens of thousands of women and men went on strike. At 10:00 am they got up from their seats, went out in to the streets, and stood in silent protest for 24 minutes. Over 200 companies supported the strike and encouraged their employees' participation. And at night they gathered for a mass demonstration in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.
Tuesday's strike protested the many failures of various institutions to act to defend women from domestic abuse. Nearly 200 women in Israel have been killed by a family member or partner in the last decade. And 24 have been murdered so far in 2018.
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This November, ARZA CANADA week turned out to be ARZA CANADA month. Our Israel engagement work was enriched by leaders from the Israel Reform Movement who came to Canada to visit our congregations and communities, and to strengthen our deepening partnerships. These Israelis are the Reform rabbis, professionals and lay leaders who are bringing a liberal Jewish renaissance to secular Israeli Jews. These are the Israelis who are helping to bring our values of Reform Judaism to the State of Israel to be a Jewish democracy ensuring religious pluralism, equality and justice for all citizens. They are our friends. They value our partnerships. They need and want our support to help them grow. They need our donations. Please consider a year-end donation to the Israel Reform Movement (IMPJ).
ARZA CANADA, President
Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015