ARZA Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works to represent the views and values of Progressive Jewish Zionists. We work to ensure that Israel lives in peace and security as promised in its Declaration of Independence. We work to strengthen the Progressive Movement in Israel, Australia and worldwide.
Dear ARZA member, "The Days of Awe” may sound like the title of a Tom Cruise movie but is really a most important time for each Jewish person to review their victories, failures, disappointments and achievements of the past year. Even more importantly, it provides the opportunity for each of us to evaluate the results - and to determine what the priorities for the coming year are. With regard to the mission of ARZA, [...]
But We American Jews Won't Be Silenced While Netanyahu cuts us Reform Jews out, he payrolls those who spew hatred towards us. But we won't give up on Israel, equality or democracy. And we will continue to demand our rights Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Let me begin by wishing you l’shanah tovah. I know you join me in praying for peace in the year ahead. During your recent visit to New York, you tried unsuccessfully [...]
It all started with an injury. Orly, the head of our legal department, broke her leg during the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance last week. One minute, she was full of activist energy, the next she was writhing on the ground in pain. Orly’s plight made all of us stop to examine how fragile we are as individuals and as a team. […]
Beit Ha’am Z-Talks Pray for the Wellbeing of Jerusalem Psalms 122 A Special Edition in the Wake of the Western Wall Plan Turmoil “A dispute that is for the sake of Heaven is destined to endure; one that is not for the sake of Heaven is not destined to endure.” (Ethics of the Fathers, 5:17) The decision to put a freeze on the Western Wall plan was made on Rosh Hodesh – the first day [...]
“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Lev. 19: 18) – וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ Reflections from Israel – Tammy Cohen – 5th July 2017 Just a few months ago, I stood at the Kotel, leyned from Torah and together with Rabbi Gersh Lazarow, led a Mincha Shabbat service as we celebrated the bat mitzvah of one of our Australian community members. My first visit to the current Egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel was uplifting, it was [...]
Background: On Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet made a decision to reverse an earlier decision to establish a pluralist prayer space at the Western Wall. Additionally, there was an initial approval of a bill that would give the Chief Rabbinate a monopoly on conversion in Israel. President of the ZFA Dr Danny Lamm, who was in Israel for Board of Governor’s meetings with The Jewish Agency for Israel, said these decisions came as a tremendous shock [...]