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ARZA Canada:

Strengthening ties of Reform Jews to Israel

ARZA Canada:

Strengthening ties of Reform Jews to 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.

Rabbi Kariv speaks passionately about the Reform Movement in Israel.

Posted by ARZA Canada on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Watch Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism, speak passionately about Reform Judaism in Israel.
Lee Weisser
Lee Weisser
President

Dear Chaverim,

MAH HA-INYANIM? – WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Shalom Chaverim,

I hope you have been uplifted by your Seders, as we keep alive the story of freedom and our responsibility to one another. Next year, may we be together in person with our friends and families!

What’s new in Israel?

In addition to post-vaccine freedom for many Israelis, the country has elected the first Reform rabbi to the Knesset in 73 years. This monumental achievement reflects the phenomenal growth and influence of the Israeli Reform and Progressive Movement (IMPJ) over the past decade. Life cycle ceremonies, worship, youth and young adult programs are accessible to Israelis from all over the country. More and more people are experiencing the gift of a spiritual community where they can feel authentic and accepted.

Unfortunately, there are forces in Israel who will do everything possible to discredit Reform as a legitimate expression of Judaism and fight the growing acceptance by the Israeli public.

We stand firm with our Israeli colleagues and partners in their fight to strengthen Reform congregations and the work of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) to build pluralism, equality and commitment to democracy in Israel.

 


                                       


The Canadian Reform Jewish Community Endorses the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

With the steep rise of antisemitism in the modern world on both the far left and the far right of the political spectrum, the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, the Reform Rabbis of Canada, and ARZA Canada: Association of Reform Zionists of Canada – collectively the voices of liberal and progressive Judaism in Canada – welcome and endorse the contribution of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism in providing definitions and guidelines to aid in identifying and, by extension,  combatting this troubling phenomenon.

We applaud the governments of Canada and Ontario for having adopted the IHRA definition. We encourage all provincial and municipal jurisdictions to adopt the definition in order to provide consistent and clear understanding of how to define and combat antisemitism.

Canadians are proud of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law. The IHRA definition of antisemitism will help in clarifying those limits when antisemitic acts are perpetrated.

For more information, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian Reform Jewish Movement opposes Keren Kayemet L’Israel/Jewish National Fund proposal to purchase private Arab land in West Bank for Jewish settlements                               

February 22, 2021 – The Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, ARZA Canada and the Reform Rabbis of Canada strongly oppose the recent vote at the executive level of KKL-JNF to purchase private land in the West Bank for Jewish settlements.

In the past, KKL secretly purchased land for Jewish settlements in the West Bank against the wishes of its own board of directors. Now, with a change in leadership since the last World Zionist Congress, the board has been emboldened by its small right-wing majority to propose a policy to purchase such land. The vote at the executive level was 6-5 in favour, indicating there may be room to exert influence on many of the board members.

This proposal seriously undermines the possibility of successfully negotiating a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. By continuing to purchase private land in the West Bank, the KKL-JNF would make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible to achieve.

Merkaz Olami, the political arm of the Masorti-Conservative movement in Israel’s National Institutions, also spoke out against the plans to buy land in the West Bank, as did Arzenu (the political voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists) and the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

The proposal is also fiercely opposed by senior officials within the Israeli government, including Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz.

For more information, please click here.

 

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ARZA CANADA PRIVACY POLICY

As you know, ARZA Canada represents Canadian Reform Zionists with members in all of Canada’s Reform congregations. Though independent of the sister organization, ARZA, in the United States, it is an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and Canadian Council for Reform Judaism (CCRJ). We are writing to address how ARZA Canada maintains its membership records, and in particular its commitment to the privacy of our members.
Accurate membership records are important to the entire Reform Jewish Community of Canada given that the size of our membership determines our influence on Zionist policies in Canada and in Israel. ARZA Canada members come through congregational solicitation and activism, and so annually it is provided lists of its members from Canadian Reform congregations such as yours in order to confirm individual memberships. This is deeply appreciated.
ARZA Canada has strong privacy practices to ensure the confidentiality of this membership information. It is used by ARZA Canada to communicate with our members and engage them in the activities of ARZA Canada, including joint programs with CCRJ and our congregations.

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Meet Our Executive

Lee Weisser

Lee Weisser

President 

Miriam Pearlman

Miriam Pearlman

Immediate Past President

Len Bates

Len Bates

Liaison to Reform Jewish Community of Canada

Cheryl Englander

Cheryl Englander

Vice-President 

Jeff Denaburg

Jeff Denaburg

Vice-President 

Dorothy Millman

Dorothy Millman

Vice-President 

Valerie Whitefield

Valerie Whitefield

Vice-President 

Judith Wiley

Judith Wiley

Secretary

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