Welcome

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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.

Why Join ARZA Australia?

YOU SHOULD JOIN ARZA BECAUSE:

  • ARZA (Australian Reform Zionist Association) represents the views of the Australian Reform (Progressive) movement relating to social policies in Israel
  • These include trying to break the monopoly of the orthodox rabbinate on matters like civil marriage and divorce, equality for women, access to the Kotel, and state salaries for Progressive rabbis
  • ARZA does this by sending delegates to participate in the meetings of the World Zionist Congress, which represents the diaspora in Israel and has considerable influence with members of the Knesset
  • ARZA has strength in Israeli forums because of its weight of numbers. Our voting power is directly related to the number of members we have.
  • If we can build our membership numbers, we will increase our influence
  • ARZA also gives financial support to Australian youth through grants to Netzer and young people undertaking leadership studies and training
  • ARZA does not get involved in internal Israeli politics or its foreign affairs.
  • Membership fee is only $18 per person a year. This is less than a cup of coffee a month.
  • ARZA membership is strongly supported by the Moetza, the association of Australian Progressive rabbis, and by your own synagogue Board

Please add $18 for each person over 18 years of age in your family to your synagogue membership invoice and help us to keep the Progressive voice strong in Israel.

News and Events

Three Weddings and a Statement

Yesterday more than 1500 people joined together with us at Temple Emanuel in New York City to celebrate the love of three Israeli couples denied the right to marry in their own way in their own country. One was denied for being a same sex union, one for being a reform convert, and another for having the conviction to say no to the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on marriage in Israel. The couples’ vows express the [...]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: News|

Three Weddings and a Statement Sunday 3rd December

Support Marriage Equality in IsraelMeet Alon and Gali.They were both born in Israel. They met at the Reform kibbutz - Yahel - during a program combining work and Tora. Gali is currently studying for her master's degree in Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and works for the Reform movement as the Directof of Young Adult Programming. Alon is an analyst in the capital market in the field of high-tech and renewable energy. [...]

December 1st, 2017|Categories: News|

i24 Israel News interview with Rabbi Gilad Kariv

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, IMPJ President and CEO, responds to Deputy Minister Hotovely's damaging comments about Diaspora Jewry. “The nice words of the Prime Minister are not enough, Tzipi Hotovely, the Deputy Minister, cannot continue to be the public face of the State of Israel in Jewish communities around the world and we expect the Prime Minister to release the Deputy Minister from her duty.” Responding to Likud spokesperson calling Hotovely’s comments a mistake Rabbi Kariv [...]

November 24th, 2017|Categories: News|

Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely’s Statements

i24 News in Israel last night interviewed Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely in which she made some damaging comments about Diaspora Jewry and in particular Reform and Conservative Jews which can be viewed here http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/160947-171122-israeli-minister-most-us-jews-don-t-send-their-kids-to-fight-for-their-country. This morning Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned her comments. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Reform Movement: "The scandalous words of the Deputy Minister were not said in a vacuum, but as a direct continuation of Prime Minister [...]

November 24th, 2017|Categories: News|

IRAC’s Victory Against Lehava

The head of Israel's most vile hate group will finally face justice. Last week, Israel's Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, finally decided to respond to our petition against Bentzi Gopstein, the leader of Lehava, by deciding to indict him on the charges of incitement to terrorism, violence, and racism, as well as obstruction of justice. For the past eight years, we have been collecting data and fighting Bentzi Gopstein and Lehava. Lehava, which literally means [...]

November 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|

It’s time for diaspora leaders to call Israeli politicans bluff

Published in Forward on November 14, 2017 ANAT HOFFMAN I was forced to spend 24 hours with a five-year-old who isn’t family. I explained the rules of the house several times during his stay, and every time I did, he’d sourly ask: “What will you do to me if I don’t?” I get the same sense of insolence from Israeli officials when we discuss the effect of the cancellation of the cancellation of the [...]

November 20th, 2017|Categories: News|
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