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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|

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|

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 [...]

2020-08-28T13:38:30+10:00August 28th, 2020|Events, News|
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