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.


Congratulations to Pekka SInervo

Pekka Sinervo, President, CCRJ and Chair, URJ Canada Steering Committee has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.

A professor in the University of Toronto’s department of physics, he is being recognized for decades of working to understand the basic building blocks of our universe – atoms, molecules and the like.

Professor Pekka Sinervo last year in the ATLAS control room at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Meyrin, Switzerland, where scientists monitor proton collisions. Sinervo was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Sinervo and his team of 3,000 collaborators use the Large Hadron Collider to study particle interactions at very high energies. Having written or co-written more than 1,200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, his research group was involved in the discovery of the top quark, the heaviest known particle, and now uses the quark as a tool to search for evidence of new, massive particles. Sinervo is a former dean of U of T's Faculty of Arts & Science and, from 2008 to 2015, served as senior vice-president of research at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). 

His family are members of Temple Emanu-El in Toronto, Canada.  He was president of the congregation from 2014 to 2017, before taking on his current role as president of the CCRJ and Chair of the URJ Canada Steering Committee.  He has also been a member of the Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees since December 2016.  


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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President's Message

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).

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ARZA CANADA, President   




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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