ARZA Australia's Annual General Meeting is coming up on Thursday 15 November 2018 at the Novatel Hotel, St. Kilda, Victoria. Please click here to view ARZA Australia's Annual Report.
STOPPING THE SLIPPERY SLOPE The work of ARZA and its global organisation, ARZENU, has become even more important in trying to maintain Israel as an inclusive and democratic State as Israel’s Government moves increasingly to the Right, allows the Ultra-Orthodox groups ever-increasing resources and power, and increasingly puts the concept of a “Jewish” state before the protection of the State as a democracy. Without calling the Nation State Law a step towards apartheid it is clear that the passing of such a law raises the spectre of “nationalism” replacing the national identity of all citizens. The main difficulty with [...]
April Newsletter A Yom Ha'atzmaut message from the World Zionist Organisation Dear Friends, The State of Israel is one of the greatest accomplishments of the Jewish people throughout history. The Zionist movement did the extraordinary and brought the Jewish people back to their land after 2,000 years of exile. When we are asked to summarize this chapter of the first 70 years, we must remember and cherish all those who contributed to the building and strength of the State of Israel, those from Israel and those from the Diaspora. To thank those who envisioned, worked, acted, and breathed life [...]
Chag Pesach Sameach! The coming few weeks are an emotional roller coaster for all Jews. This weekend we celebrate Pesach and the exodus from Egypt, and soon after, on Yom HaShoah, we remember the six million people who were murdered simply because they were Jewish. We then commemorate Yom HaZicharon, when we remember those fallen soldiers who fought to protect Israel and who made it possible, with so many others, for us to celebrate Israel’s independence on April 19. As we approach this momentous time, let us remember that the times of our greatest achievements - including the [...]
http://plus61j.net.au/plus61j-voices/israel-cannot-afford-deny-jewish-pluralism-longer/ THE SUBJECT OF Jewish pluralism in Israel has long been like a recurring pain. It hurts often enough to trouble you but getting it properly fixed would not only be cumbersome but excessively costly. But as the modern state of Israel approaches it 70th birthday, for all its achievements it’s hard to ignore that ache any longer. One of the few subjects to unite the political left and right, the monopoly of the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate over religious and Jewish life and law in Israel has been simmering ominously. Now it seems to be finally coming up to the [...]