A perfect storm of three events has caused a severe financial crisis for the Israel Reform Movement in Israel
COVID 19 - has reduced the projected 2020 income of the Israel Reform Movement by a minimum of 20% and it could end up being more. Sources of funding from government agencies are already well below expectations.
Political events - The new government does not have religious pluralism on its agenda and is committed to keeping the status quo in which non-Orthodox Rabbis and our congregations are not recognized.
Rise in Religious intolerance- On May 26, Jerusalem Day, the Mayor of Jerusalem stated clearly that Reform Jews are not welcome at the Kotel. This is just one example of the intolerance that has recently been fostered by a variety of forces in Israel.
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 8,400 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 pray you are all keeping safe and healthy as we hold the course with our physical distancing measures. These are challenging days, so let’s focus on the good news.
ARZA Canada emerged as the strongest Zionist organization!
I am so proud of ARZA Canada. I can finally report to you the official result of the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF) with regard to the final mandates for the 38th World Zionist Congress.
Thanks to your support in membership, we have emerged as the strongest Canadian Zionist organization. There is much respect for how well organized we are as Canadian Reform Zionists, for the validity of ARZA Canada's membership numbers, the membership list submitted and the hard work done to enlist our membership according to the rules. We invested many resources, financial and people, to create a new data base. We also tirelessly campaigned our congregations to help increase our membership. The reality is we went from about 3,000 at a low point to 8,415 ARZA Canada members.
The official result for the 20 mandates allocated by the World Zionist Organization to CZF is as follows: ARZA Canada 6, Canadian Forum of Russian speaking Jews 5, Mizrachi Canada 4, Mercaz Canada 3, Herut Canada 1, Armeinu/Meretz 1. It was agreed that elections would not be possible with the current Covid-19 pandemic. The final allocation is based on 100% agreement.
We achieved our goal! No Reform in any other country has won as many mandates proportionally - Canada 30%, US 25%, UK 21% - despite our being the smallest of the three main Jewish denominations in Canada.
Our success will help strengthen our faction in Israel.
To see what is planned and the schedule and links, click here.
Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015