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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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Lee Weisser
Lee Weisser
President
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YES to ARZA Canada’s New Israel Curriculum

Shalom Chaverim/Chaverot,

NOW MORE THAN EVER…

The value of ARZA Canada’s new curriculum about Israel for our congregational religious schools is proving to be significant. Many of our congregations have already started using it.

Navigating Shared Space: A Progressive Israel Curriculum to Teach Multiple Narratives is an ARZA Canada initiative to teach students about Israel in a new way.

Your membership in ARZA Canada

makes this exceptional curriculum a reality.

Dr. Lesley Litman teaching the curriculum to Canadian Reform educators

 

 

What is unique about our Israel curriculum?

We do not just give information about Israel. We give students of all ages the tools to think about what they are encountering in the world and in their public-school environment. We foster their ability to absorb what they are hearing and seeing and make sense of it for themselves, wherever they are developmentally.

How?

  • We are addressing a clear gap in materials on Israel available for young learners.
  • We encourage a critical examination of multiple narratives within a mediated Jewish environment, enabling learners to come to their own conclusions and build their own relationship with Israel.
  • Current research demonstrates that even young children know about the conflict and have questions. Our approach is to welcome these questions and equip teachers to talk about Israel without having to have all the answers; teachers learn along with their students. This gives teachers the confidence to handle difficult questions.
  • Our materials so far are created for Grades 4-7 but are adaptable to older learners. They can be used in the classroom, in youth group retreats and at summer camp. In fact, they are being used this summer at URJ Camp George in Ontario.

Year 1 materials focus on “Shared Space”, exploring the different ethnic and religious groups that live in Israel.

Year 2 materials focus on “Maps as Narrative”, understanding how maps tell a story and encouraging questions about how we interpret maps.

Our thanks to Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) for recognizing the importance of this initiative

I am happy to announce that WRJ has awarded a grant of USD$5,000 to ARZA Canada’s Israel curriculum for 2024-2025. We are extremely grateful for this funding given through their YES (Youth, Education and Special Projects) Fund.

“Serving as a philanthropic arm of the Reform Movement, WRJ sees a responsibility to not only fund Jewish institutions, organizations, and programs that strengthen what the Jewish world looks like today, but also empower our future leaders to form a more progressive, diverse community for the future.”

Through its philanthropic arm, the YES (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) Fund, Women of Reform Judaism has awarded over $300,000 in grants to 29 programs that will encourage the growth of individuals as Jewish trailblazers and the advancement of Reform and progressive institutions.

Your membership in ARZA Canada makes this unique curriculum a reality.

If you are concerned about your children and grandchildren and their relationship with Israel, here is what you can do:

  • Be sure to join ARZA Canada for 2024-2025, either through your synagogue or at arzacanada.org
  • Make a donation to ARZA Canada specifically for the Israel curriculum. We will soon embark on the writing of Year 3 materials. Contact me at: [email protected]

 Make your choice today to support our community in Canada

In their learning about Israel.

by joining ARZA Canada.

Help us support our partners in Israel and our community in Canada.

Join today! arzacanada.org

L’Shalom

Lee Weisser, President

The Times of Israel Podcast, July 6

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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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Israel Policy Forum Summer Series

Join Israel Policy Forum for their virtual Summer Learning Series on key issues and concepts related to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, led by Israel Policy Forum experts and guest educators. Every session will be preceded by the distribution of recommended readings and resources to enhance the experience.

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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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