Monthly Archives: August 2020

ARZA August Update

As reported by the Israel Religious Action Centre “in response to the controversial Belarusian election results made public on August 18, tens of thousands of Belarusians took to the streets demanding an end to President Lukashenko’s long and anti -democratic reign. The protesters met with Government violence. Among the protesters were members of the Reform/Progressive congregation in Minsk, some of whom were arrested”.

A webinar has been made where we hear from Rabbi Grisha Abramovitch, from Minsk about the protests, the situation in Belarus, his congregation, and how we can act to support the protesters, working to advance democracy in Belarus.

Rabbi Sergio Bergman, the new President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism also speaks on this webinar.

In the meantime I bring to your attention a wonderful ZFA Lockdown Learning interview session with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Centre discussing Women of the Wall and the many other legal cases brought to the Israeli Supreme Court in support of equality and the rights of Progressive Jews.

Sunday 30 August 2020 8pm AEST

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

2021-03-01T20:16:09+11:00August 28th, 2020|Events, News|

Normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates


The Australian Reform/Progressive Zionist Association (ARZA) is joined by the Union for Progressive Judaism, the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors and Netzer in welcoming the historic announcement of the normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

This agreement is the culmination of enormous efforts by Israel and other countries over many years. It is probably one the most significant international agreements since the peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt.

The landmark deal is reported to have been brokered by the United States and is followed by a joint statement by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States saying that “Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over the West Bank Areas.

We congratulate the leaders of Israel, the UAE and the United States for bringing this agreement to fruition at this time, a time of uncertainty and fear for the health and economic stability of the region. The economic benefits for Israel and the UAE will hopefully be hugely positive with the normalisation of relations and all that that can bring in terms of trade, tourism and diplomatic relations.

It is to be hoped that this historic peace agreement will lead to further such agreements with other Arab States and finally bring peace and security to Israel and all her Arab neighbours in the region.

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

David Knoll AM UPJ Co-President

David Knoll AM

Brian Samuel OAM UPJ Co-President

Brian Samuel OAM

Lior Kalisse

Rabbi Nicole Roberts

2021-03-01T20:20:48+11:00August 16th, 2020|News|
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