The UPJ Biennial, held in Melbourne, Australia on 15-18 November, hosted more than 220 attendees from around the UPJ region (which covers Australia, New Zealand, and Asia), with additional representatives from the UK, Israel, and the USA. The program, themed “Making Progress” and furthering the work begun at our previous Biennial with Dr. Ron Wolfson, featured Rabbi Dr. Lawrence A Hoffman as the scholar-in-residence. Rabbi Larry led inspiring plenary sessions titled “How We Pray is Who We Are: The Message of the Prayer Book“ and “Returning Home: Mission Driven but Sh’ma Inspired“, and workshops allowed participants to focus on specific [...]
Watch the live stream of Steve Denenberg in debate; ‘Whose wall is it? The battle for the soul of the State of Israel’
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Chanukah, which means “dedication,” is the festival that commemorates the purification and rededication of the Temple following the Greek occupation of that holy place. Today, the holiday reminds Jews to rededicate themselves to keeping alive the flame of Jewish religion, culture, and peoplehood so that it may be passed on to the next generation. Today there are those in Israel seeking to extinguish the diversity of Jewish life by claiming that “there is only one way to be Jewish” and insisting that only an ultra-Orthodox rabbinate can control marriages, conversions, funerals etc. ARZA believes that there are many ways [...]
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 [...]