Have a Say

If you wish to have a say in how Progressive Jews are recognized and treated in Israel, please ensure you are a member of ARZA which will represent the Australian Progressive Movement in Israel at this year’s World Zionist Congress in October. You can join ARZA when renewing your Synagogue membership or join on line by clicking the button below. The greater the membership of the Australian Reform/Progressive Zionist Association, the more delegates Australia can send to Israel representing the Australian Progressive Movement and its egalitarian and pluralist beliefs and views. The World Zionist Congress is only held in [...]

2020-02-28T14:39:42+11:00February 28th, 2020|News|

One Movement – One Voice

The Union for Progressive Judaism held its planning weekend in Sydney recently on 14-16 February, 2020. The planning weekend was attended by the full executive of the UPJ, led by Co-Presidents David Knoll and Brian Samuel, ARZA Australia President Helen Shardey, who is also Vice-President of the UPJ, and Rabbi David Kunin, the Chair of the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors of Australia New Zealand and Asia (ARC, formerly known as the "Moetzah"). An in-depth discussion was followed by an agreement that, moving forward, the UPJ, ARZA Australia and ARC will endeavor to work together in mutual cooperation and communication. This will be [...]

2020-02-28T14:39:34+11:00February 28th, 2020|News|

Tu BiShvat

As we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu BiSh’vat or the New Year of Trees, we think of new beginnings, strong growth and the fruit of our labors being our reward. The sense of new beginnings does remind me of the emergence of the State of Israel from its ancient history with Judaism at its core. As Alex Ryvchin said in writing about Zionism (it) achieved the unprecedented return of an ancient, persecuted, scattered people to the land of their forebears and the restoration of their political independence. So this was to be the fruit born out the ideal [...]

2020-02-11T19:37:54+11:00February 11th, 2020|News|

UIA Progressive Appeal

The role of the Progressive Jewish Movement world wide in supporting the Progressive movement in Israel is fundamental to the recognition of Progressive/Reform Judaism in the State of Israel, our Jewish homeland. This has been brought home with the recent IRAC announcement that for the first time in Israeli history, the Israeli government will fund Reform and Conservative rabbis in cities and metropolitan areas. While sadly the salaries allocated to Progressive and Conservative Rabbis is only a portion of what the Israeli Government pays individual Orthodox Rabbis, it is still a step in the right direction and establishes a [...]

2020-01-23T10:24:26+11:00January 23rd, 2020|News|

ARZA Updates

As Australia suffers the tragedy of bushfires, we know that we are not alone. Help has come from all over the world, including from our brothers and sisters in Israel. This proves that while we have been there for the State of Israel since its inception, Israel is also there for us. A beautiful article today talked of an Israeli Australian, devastated at the sight of our severely injured native Australian wildlife said to have impacted half-a-billion animals. Her name is Risby Raz and she is the international relations manager at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. As an [...]

2020-01-16T11:58:32+11:00January 15th, 2020|News|