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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 (the Association of Reform Zionists of America – Canada) is affiliated with the Reform Jewish Community of Canada and the Union for Reform Judaism North America.

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.

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North American Reform Jews sing Hatikvah for Israel’s 75th Birthday
Lee Weisser
Lee Weisser
President
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Thanks to IRAC, a major win for LGBTQ rights in Israel

Orly Erez-Likhovski, Executive Director of IRAC at the Tower of David Citadel

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is at the forefront of securing rights for the LGBTQ community in Israel. IRAC is the legal arm of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), our partners in Israel.

Last week IRAC managed a major victory for tolerance and pluralism regarding LGBTQ rights, one that represents how their work advances a vision of Israel that welcomes and respects all who live there and all who visit from around the world.

Fighting for the soul of Jerusalem

As IRAC Executive Director Orly Erez-Likhovski wrote:

“The Tower of David Museum …agreed to host an LGBTQ event… A contract was signed with the organizers, hundreds of tickets were sold, and dozens of artists were booked. But ten days before the event was scheduled to take place, the organizers were informed that a few rabbis had written the mayor calling on him to cancel “this display of obscenity”. The mayor pressured the museum to cancel the event and the executive director conceded, fearing a cut in municipal funding…
The event organizers…approached IRAC about the cancellation and IRAC immediately filed an urgent court request. The hearing, held just a day before the event, was very emotional. The museum’s executive director insisted she is pro-LGBTQ but refused to hold the event despite repeated requests by the judge to reconsider her position.

Eventually, on Thursday evening, the judge gave a decision which accepted our request and ruled that the event must be held as planned.

On Friday, I attended the event, and it was so moving to see the court victory materialize before my eyes, to witness how we managed to prevent homophobic religious extremists from forcing their values on the struggling and embattled liberal public in Jerusalem. Many people approached me to say thank you for struggling for Jerusalem’s soul.

This victory represents one of many that IRAC has achieved over the years to protect the rights of minorities in Israel. Israeli law does not permit discrimination and homophobia.

DONATE TO IRAC TODAY!

ARZA Canada supports the work of IRAC.

Join Now!

Join ARZA Canada today!

We need to more than double our membership over the next few months.

Partner with us for a better future for Israel.

All memberships created in May or June of 2024 are good until June 30, 2025.

Join today! arzacanada.org

L’Shalom

Lee Weisser, President

Help Israel from Home
Volunteer as an online English language mentor through English B’Yachad.  Create new possibilities for young Israeli adults from underserved Israeli communities. Support their economic empowerment to contribute to Israel’s success.  Watch an informational video.
Learn more and sign up to Help Israel from Home or contact Marla Gamoran

 

Upcoming Events

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From the Shalom Hartman Institute:

With a startling rise in anti-Israel activism and antisemitism on campus, how can Jewish communities understand and respond to these dynamics?

Campus resources for this moment - click here

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Wednesday June 26, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Holy Blossom Temple 

Rabbi Dalia Marx, PhD, From Time to Time: Journeys in the Jewish Calendar

Rabbi Marx will join us online, though learners are welcome to join virtually or in-person at HBT, as she teaches us with inspiration from her new book “From Time to Time: Journeys in the Jewish Calendar”. Together with Rabbi Eliza McCarroll, we’ll learn about the little-known fast day of 20 Sivan, as a springboard for a general conversation about our communal calendar celebrations and commemorations.

This is a very special opportunity to hear from one of Reform Judaism’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars, and friends of Holy Blossom Temple!

Registration is $36 and includes the purchase of the book, which will be ready for pickup at Temple on the day of the class.
Join us either at Temple, or online (link sent upon registration).

This class is also the first of a three-part series with me (Rabbi McCarroll), more information of which can be found HERE. The next two classes are at 11:30 am, on July 3 and July 10.

Register for all three sessions HERE!

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Wednesday June 26 in Toronto (Bathurst & Eglinton )

7:30 - 9 pm

Canadian Friends of Haifa University present:

In the aftermath of the Massacre on October 7 and the War against Hamas, antisemitism around the world has seen a disturbing resurgence across various domains, necessitating urgent attention and action. This conversation will delve into the manifestations of antisemitism on social media, where hate speech and misinformation proliferate with alarming speed and reach.

Dr. David Barak-Gorodetsky is head of the Elizabeth and Tony Comper Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Antisemitism and Racism and the director of the Ruderman Program for American-Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa.

Register Here

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To share with the young people in your network:

There are a few spots still available to join the Tamar/Netzer Taglit Volunteer program in Israel, August 25 – September 2, 2024, open to Reform/Progressive Jewish young adults from all over the world, aged 18-40. This trip is a partnership between Netzer and Tamar of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Taglit Onward, and Israel Experience.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with new friends while supporting Israel through meaningful volunteer work and thought-provoking sessions and site visits. 

Please contact Julia at [email protected] with any questions. 
See more information and pre-register using this link.

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Miriam Pearlman

Podcasts

Miriam Pearlman, immediate past president of ARZA Canada, discusses the impact of Israel’s new government with fellow leaders in a Canadian Jewish News Daily podcast:

Arza Canada Privacy Policy

The Privacy Commission of Canada states the following:

Non-profit organizations are not subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) when they do not engage in commercial activities.

The following activities are not considered commercial and are not subject to PIPEDA:

  • collecting membership fees
  • compiling a list of members’ names and addresses/email addresses
  • mailing out newsletters

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 Reform Jewish Community of Canada (RJCC). 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 RJCC and our congregations.

For more please click here.

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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