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.
As we move from the sweet days of Rosh HaShanah to the intense Day of Atonement, we cannot separate thinking of our families and Jewish communities in Canada from our sisters and brothers in Israel.
Are you still wondering why the Israel Reform Movement is important to us?
Whenever people ask me how they can support Israel in light of… – finish the sentence by selecting from among any number of issues: occupation, discrimination, religious inequality, conversion, Israel Diaspora relations – I always direct individuals to the significant work happening on the ground within Israeli society that adds an important alternative perspective to the media’s often negative narratives about Israel.
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On Sunday, July 21st, we will observe the fast day of "Shiva-Asar b'Tammuz", the 17th of Tammuz. The fast day is commemorative of when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of a period known as “the Three Weeks.” This is an annual mourning period, during which we grieve the destruction of the Holy Temple and the cause of our current ongoing exile. It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of "Tisha b'Av" (the 9th of Av), the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. Because of this and numerous other tragedies that occurred throughout Jewish history during this period, we tone down our rejoicing and make a special effort to engage in activities of Tikkun Olam and Ahavat Hinam ("unconditional" love) - to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
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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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Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015