Monthly Archives: November 2017

Ordination of 100th Israeli Reform Rabbi

Israeli Reform rabbi keeps a daughter in the family businessFledgling Rabbi Leora Ezrachi-Vered has big shoes to fill as a female spiritual leader of an Israeli congregation -- her mother, Rabbi Naamah Kelman's Article from the Times of Israel by RENEE GHERT-ZAND 15 November 2017, 2:06 pm Leora Ezrachi-Vered (Avi Nave) When Leora Ezrachi-Vered attended a Reform Jewish preschool in Jerusalem some 30 years ago, she played blocks with the other children. They built a “synagogue,” and Ezrachi-Vered declared she would be its rabbi. It was a bold statement: At the time there were no female Reform rabbis in Israel. [...]

2017-11-20T16:41:51+11:00November 20th, 2017|News|

Violence at the Western Wall

Today IRAC and the IMPJ organized a joint service at the Kotel for the Board of Governors and the students of the Hebrew Union College. We expected to be able to enter the Western Wall Complex with our Torah Scrolls. Instead we were greeted with contempt and violence. Upon approaching the gate Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Reform Movement in America, and our very own Anat Hoffman were shouted at by a guard who blocked our entry and tried everything within his power to humiliate us. He even threatened us by shoving mace in our faces. Despite [...]

2017-11-17T07:41:43+11:00November 17th, 2017|News|

Netanyahu Committed to Egalitarian Prayer Space

Netanyahu Tells U.S. Jews He Remains Committed to Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall Speaking via video link to the Jewish Federations' General Assembly, prime minister says all Jews should be able to pray at the Kotel; says Israel offered humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Iran Uri Blau and Jonathan Lis (Los Angeles) Nov 15, 2017 12:46 AM LOS ANGELES - In his address to attendees of the Jewish Federations' General Assembly on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was fully committed to the establishment of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, and revealed [...]

2017-11-15T14:14:39+11:00November 15th, 2017|News|

Support Marriage Equality in Israel

Meet Valentine and Elizabetha. They were both born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. They first met in the Jewish Agency Sunday School and then they both moved to Israel. They reconnected on Facebook. Five years ago, they started to chat nearly every day, and then they decided to meet. They have been inseparable since. Valentine is currently working as an electrical-engineer at Intel and Elizabetha is in an academic preparatory course at the Technion in Haifa. They are members of Shirat Ha-Yam congregation in Haifa. Valentine and Elizabetha cannot get married in Israel because Elizabetha is a Reform convert and not [...]

2017-11-14T10:03:44+11:00November 14th, 2017|News|

ARZA Annual Report July 2016 – June 2017

  COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT President:                                  Steve Denenberg Immediate Past President:        Barbara Ford Vice President:                          Caryn Granek (Victoria) Vice President:                          Sandy Hollis (NSW) Honorary Secretary:                  Eric McDonald (ACT) Honorary Treasurer:                 Philip Levy (NSW) Committee members: Lesley Rosenthal (South Australia) Hila Jacobi (Queensland) Dudu Gotleib (NSW Community Shaliach) Uri Levin (Victoria Community Shaliach) Joel McCarroll (Mazkir, Netzer Australia) Rabbi Adi Cohen (Moetzah representative) Rabbi David Kunin (Moetzah representative) Honorary Solicitor: Norbert Schweizer, (Schweizer Kobras Pty. Ltd) PRESIDENT’S REPORT ARZA Australia has three “core” activities as the Political Zionist arm of the Progressive movement in [...]

2017-11-12T12:12:54+11:00November 12th, 2017|News|
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