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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, former 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,

Shalom Chaverim,

As we approach the Yamim Nora’im (High Holy Days), we focus our personal thoughts on Heshbon Nefesh (self-reflection) and Mechilah (forgiveness).

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It’s also an opportunity to take a step back from day-to-day events in Israel and reflect on our relationship to this special place.

I hope many of you watched the beautiful Canada-wide Reform Selichot service last Saturday evening, and stayed to see the presentation by Rabbi Josh Weinberg of ARZA US.

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Zionism through a Reform lens

Discussion of Israel continues to be emotionally charged and divisive, complicated by the behaviours of a multitude of groups both in and outside of Israel.  Rabbi Weinberg proposes an approach to thinking about Israel and Zionism from a Reform perspective, and also the relationship of Israel and the Diaspora in the ongoing development of Judaism.

It’s an interesting talk, which you can watch here.  The duration is 30 minutes.

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From the talk:  Rabbi Alona Nir Keren of the Reform community in Mevaseret Tzion brings flowers to Palestinian neighbours during the recent unrest.

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On behalf of the board at ARZA Canada, I wish you and your family a Shanah Tovah – a year of health and happiness.

Sincerely,

Lee Weisser

President, ARZA Canada

 

 

 


                                       


 May 16, 2021
As the leaders representing the Reform Jewish Community of Canada, we stand together as one people with our siblings in Israel and call for an end to violence from Gaza and civil unrest in the streets of Israeli cities. We pray that all of the people of the land will turn their swords into plowshares and find a way to live together in peace and dignity. We call for dialogue not destruction, peace not violence, empathy not enmity.
We wholeheartedly support Israel in its right to defend itself from terror. We mourn with the families that have suffered loss of life. We send our prayers for recovery to those who have been injured. We send compassion to all of the children, Jewish and Palestinian, who are scared of the loud noises of rockets, bombs and sirens and who have to spend days and nights seeking shelter.
Our position is bolstered by the resolve and resilience of our colleagues in Israel who speak with moderation and compassion. The Reform Movement in Israel is urging those they work alongside in their shared society programs to reach out to one another, and to restore friendship and understanding.
A joint statement of mayors from Jewish and Arab towns is encouraging an end to violence and mob rule in the streets. Demonstrations of friendship are taking place across the country where Jews and Arabs are coming together to say, “Enough violence. Let’s work together for co-existence.”
We stand with the people of Israel and call for moral leadership on all sides, for respect for human life, and for dignity.
We know that Israelis are resilient. We also know that they need our messages of solidarity and support. To paraphrase the 12th century Jewish sage Yehuda Halevi, “though we are in the west, at this very moment in particular our heart is in the east.”
Am Yisrael Chai
Len Bates Lee Weisser Rabbi Dan Moskovitz
President President Chair, Reform Rabbis of Canada
RJCC ARZA Canada Rabbi, Temple Sholom, Vancouver,

 

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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.

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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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