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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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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I am excited to inform you of a new chapter in the Reform Movement's engagement with Israel. A new organizational model has been envisioned which will integrate the operations of ARZA (US) with those of the URJ and enable our Reform Movement to strengthen its support for Israel and Reform Zionism.
Congratulations to Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA (US) who will now also serve in the new top-level URJ staff position of Vice-President for Israel and Reform Zionism. A newly created Israel and Reform Zionism Committee (IRZC) will include representation from ARZA Canada, and will have as its inaugural chair Gary Perlin, a well-known lay leader in the Reform Movement and in engagement with Israel.
ARZA Canada will remain independent and continue in its current form as the Canadian Association for Reform Zionism. We envision even closer collaboration between ARZA Canada and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, with the CCRJ working to strengthen its support for the activities of ARZA Canada.
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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