Monthly Archives: October 2020

World Zionist Conference for Australians

38th World Zionist Congress

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, which is in Israeli time.

Click here for the ARZA Australia Facebook page, where the conference program will be live streamed.

And below is a YouTube playlist for the conference.

3. ARZA Australia made a video (click on the image below) about our activities over the year which was sent to Israel for distribution by ARZENU to affiliates around the world.

I hope, as part of the Progressive Movement here in Australia you will take advantage of the opportunity to see and understand what happens in Israel at the World Zionist Congress. Eight members of ARZA Australia will be represented at the Congress either as Delegates or Deputy Delegates,  and have the opportunity to contribute to policies in support of our Progressive ideals. I hope you will join us.

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

Helen Shardey
ARZA Australia President
UPJ Vice President

2021-03-01T21:07:15+11:00October 12th, 2020|Events, News|

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

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

2021-03-01T20:12:06+11:00October 9th, 2020|News|

Brachot for Sukkot

Lulav and Etrog

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 analogy to invite Progressive Jews worldwide to join in swimming against the current of Israeli society’s gravity in order to create more social change in the year to come for; equality in marriage, recognition and support for Progressive Rabbis and congregations, gender equality, ending racial incitement, protecting Israel’s democracy during the pandemic, advancing equal rights for Jews of colour and protecting the rights of Jews by choice.

These are the elements of social change that ARZA Australia and our Progressive Movement also supports and we invite you to continue your support for Zionism through ARZA Australia, the UPJ and our Rabbis and Cantors.

On behalf of ARZA Australia I wish you and yours Chag Sukkot Sameach

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

2021-03-01T20:13:06+11:00October 7th, 2020|Events|
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