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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 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.

Lee Weisser
Lee Weisser
President

 

 

What is the Future of Zionism?

Shalom Chaverim, 

A delegation of Reform Jews from around the world recently joined in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the first World Zionist Congress. They met in Basel, at the same site where Theodor Herzl convened the fledgling Zionist movement. 1,400 Jewish leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists from around the world gathered to discuss the way forward.

basel%202.pngOur Arzenu delegation in Basel. Jesse Primerano is second from the right in the middle row

In 1897, the focus of Zionism was promoting Aliyah to the Jewish settlement in Turkish-controlled Palestine and creating a Jewish state.

herzl.jpgTheodor Herzl

“At Basel, I founded the Jewish state,” Herzl famously wrote in his diary at the time, noting that while not everyone recognized the import of the Congress then, they would in 50 years — precisely predicting the moment when Israel would become an independent nation.

Today, the concept of Zionism must grapple with the very real challenges of an actual state and the diversity of Jews both within the state and in the diaspora.

In fact, a new paradigm of Zionism has developed that sees the relationship between Jews in Israel and those in the diaspora as a partnership.

In the words of Nachman Shai, Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs, “It is of utmost importance that we find ways to integrate the voices of the diaspora into the decision-making processes of Israel.”

 

 

 

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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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