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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

Leading IRAC: A Mission to Advance Human Rights, Freedom of Religion and Equality

In November, ARZA Canada board member August Adelman met with the new Director
of the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC), Orly Erez-Likhovski, to talk about her work
at IRAC and her goals for the organization.  To read an abridged transcript of the interview click here.

To watch the interview, click on the image on the right.

Anna Kislanski, CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, welcomes Jews around the world to the Chanukah celebration at the Egalitarian plaza of the Western Wall. To see the video, click on the image on the right.
 

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

Dear Chaverim,

The Tensions of Life for Israel’s Arab Population
 

Arab citizens of Israel have a conflicted identity.  On one hand, they identify with the Arab majority of the Middle East and their own minority status in Israel.  On the other, most are serious about realizing their personal ambitions as citizens of Israel.

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These are all part of the landscape:

  1. Israeli Arabs rioted to protest inequality and discrimination.
  2. The level of crime and the murder rate in the Arab sector is at an all-time high.
  3. When 7 Palestinian prisoners escaped from prison, they were refused refuge in Israel’s Arab community, and were soon recaptured.
  4. For the first time, the governing coalition includes an Arab Islamist party whose mission is to help Israeli Arabs and whose leader recognizes the Jewish origins of the state.
  5. Israeli Arabs continue to play an increasing role in the health care sector, where they are fully integrated. (Plus see the report Heroes of Health from the Israel Religious Action Centre.)
  6. There are a large number of coexistence projects, that create dialogue and interaction between Israel’s Jews and Arabs.

                                       


 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.

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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