Monthly Archives: October 2020

A CHANCE FOR PEACE AND COMMON SENSE AT THE WORLD ZIONIST CONGRESS

As you may have already read in the Israeli Jerusalem Post, the opening of the 38th World Zionist Congress saw the Zionist Organisations with voting rights thwarting the efforts of the right wing religious-Zionists and the ultra Orthodox factions to elect the new Chair and Vice Chair of the World Zionist Organization, postponing the vote until Thursday. This intervention, which took place in the WZC Presidium is a determined effort to change and force a renegotiation of the Agreement drawn up by the right wing and Ultra Orthodox factions which ARZENU, MERCAZ and the non Orthodox factions have condemned, [...]

2020-10-21T15:52:12+11:00October 21st, 2020|Events, News|

CRISIS FOR JEWISH EQUALITY AND PLURALISM

The World Zionist Congress (WZC) has been described as the “Parliament of the Jewish People”. The Congress meets every five years to decide on a range of funding and policy issues, including the heads of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (Jewish National Fund), Keren Hayesod-UIA (United Israel Appeal),and the Jewish Agency. Bodies which not only distribute a billion dollars, but are responsible for policy decisions across Israel and the diaspora. Traditionally the balance of roles within the WZC has been distributed between the orthodox and non-orthodox groups, in recognition of the diversity across the Jewish world, with each group receiving [...]

2020-10-19T20:46:54+11:00October 19th, 2020|Events, News|

World Zionist Conference for Australians

The 38th World Zionist Congress will convene from 20 - 22 October 2020 for the first time in its history, virtually. ARZENU (the World ARZA roof body) and the World Union for Progressive Judaism will be represented by a strong delegation from around the world including Australia. There are 3 elements I would like to bring to your attention. 1. ARZENU, the ARZA world roof body has put together a PRE CONGRESS PROGRAM FOR ALL TO SEE, which starts on Sunday October 11 and finishes on Monday October 19 Here is the link to view the outline of the program, [...]

2020-10-13T14:52:23+11:00October 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What Do You Want

What do you want for the future of Israel and the Jewish people? Here is a short video update on how Arza Australia is making a difference for social justice, religious equality, lasting peace and security, pluralism, youth empowerment and equality for all women. ARZA President, Helen Shardey

2020-10-09T18:38:43+11:00October 9th, 2020|News|

Brachot for Sukkot

As we say the brachot for Sukkot over the lulav and etrog, we are reminded of G-d as the source of our protection and security. I suspect that this is on our minds particularly during this difficult time. Having recently celebrated Rosh Hashanah, we are also probably wondering what the year 5781 will bring us. We of course will be hoping it is a healthy, sweet and peaceful year, and a year in which we see equality for Progressive Jews in Israel. With this in mind, I read the Rosh Hashanah message from Anat Hoffman. She used a swimming [...]

2020-10-07T14:40:05+11:00October 7th, 2020|Events|
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