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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.
Miriam Pearlman
Miriam Pearlman
President

Dear Chaverim,

I pray you are all keeping safe and healthy as we hold the course with our physical distancing measures. These are challenging days, so let’s focus on the good news.

ARZA Canada emerged as the strongest Zionist organization!

I am so proud of ARZA Canada. I can finally report to you the official result of the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF) with regard to the final mandates for the 38th World Zionist Congress.

Thanks to your support in membership, we  have emerged as the strongest Canadian Zionist organization. There is much respect for how well organized we are as Canadian Reform Zionists, for the validity of ARZA Canada’s membership numbers, the membership list submitted and the hard work done to enlist our membership according to the rules. We invested many resources, financial and people, to create a new data base. We also tirelessly campaigned our congregations to help increase our membership. The reality is we went from about 3,000 at a low point to 8,415 ARZA Canada members.

The official result for the 20 mandates allocated by the World Zionist Organization to CZF is as follows: ARZA Canada 6, Canadian Forum of Russian speaking Jews 5, Mizrachi Canada 4, Mercaz Canada 3, Herut Canada 1, Armeinu/Meretz 1. It was agreed that elections would not be possible with the current Covid-19 pandemic. The final allocation is based on 100% agreement.

We achieved our goal! No Reform in any other country has won as many mandates proportionally – Canada 30%, US 25%, UK 21% – despite our being the smallest of the three main Jewish denominations in Canada.

Our success will help strengthen our faction in Israel.

Meet Our Executive

Miriam Pearlman

Miriam Pearlman

President

Lee Weisser

Lee Weisser

Senior Vice-President 

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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