Chag Chanukah Sameach!

Kislev 5781/ December 2020“Hanukkah is the festival on which Jews celebrate their victory in the fight for religious freedom more than two thousand years ago. Tragically that fight is no less important today - and not only for Jews, but for people of all faiths.”The late Rabbi Lord Jonathon SacksWishing you a joyous and meaningful ChanukahThe UPJ Executive and StaffDavid Knoll AM and Brian Samuel OAM, Co-PresidentsRoger Mendelson, Immediate Past PresidentDorothy Graff, Vice-PresidentHelen Shardey, Vice-PresidentSally Castle, Honorary TreasurerLarry Lockshin, Honorary SecretaryCommittee: Judi Hall, Danny Hochberg,Associate Professor Joshua Keller,Marsha Rosenberg, Sue Silberberg, Franklin TateRabbi Nicole Roberts and Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, Moetzah RepresentativesLior Kalisse, [...]

2020-12-10T14:52:17+11:00December 10th, 2020|Events, News|

Miracle of Lights

As the festival of Chanukah approaches, we think of Judah Maccabee and the other Jews who were able to drive the Greek-Syrians out of Jerusalem and cleanse the Second Temple, leading to its rededication. It is remembered as the Miracle of Lights whereby the small amount of temple oil, only enough to burn for a single day, continued burning for eight days. This festival is traditionally thought of as the miracle of light over darkness that saw the maintenance of an independent Jewish Kingdom at around 200 BCE, allowing the Jews to continue practicing their religion. Today, the land [...]

2020-12-09T15:14:21+11:00December 9th, 2020|Events, News|

ARZA Annual Reports 2019 – 2020

It is with pleasure that I report on the activities of ARZA Australia to the Annual General Meeting for the 2019-20 year, being held on November 17, 2020. I was delighted to be elected President of Australia’s Progressive Zionist organization at its 2019 AGM, and at the same time also elected as Vice President of the Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ). My predecessor, Steve Denenberg had devoted more than a decade to ARZA Australia both as President and CEO. He has continued as the Immediate Past President and been very active and supportive in that role. I thank him for [...]

2020-11-17T17:49:35+11:00November 16th, 2020|Events, News|


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Reform Zionist of Association Inc. (ARZA) will be held at 6:00 p.m. AEST on Tuesday 17 November 2020 online via Zoom. AGENDA Attendance Apologies Video Presentation from Gusti Y Braverman Head of the Department for Organization, World Zionist Federations, Israeli Communities Abroad and the Bialik Institiute and Publishing House Adoption of the minutes of the AGM held on Friday 8 November 2019. Matters arising. President’s Report. Treasurer’s Report. Membership Report. Appointment of honorary solicitors. [...]

2020-11-02T13:18:05+11:00November 2nd, 2020|Events, News|

World Zionist Congress Outcome

The Chair of  world AMEINU has written to ARZA Australia saying “Thanks to the hard work of all our delegates around the world, our wonderful negotiating team on the ground and our capable team of lawyers, we were able to secure a wall-to-wall agreement that respected the diversity of positions within the Zionist movement, established adequate checks and balances and secures critical funding for the Reform movement in Israel and around the world. We look forward to working with the new Chair of the WZO, Yaakov Hagoel, building on the positive working relationship that we have established with him [...]

2020-10-31T16:04:27+11:00October 27th, 2020|Events, News|
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