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ARZA Australia and Progressive Judaism Victoria Join to Support Refugees and Olim Fleeing Ukraine to Israel

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April 2022 | Nisan 5782

Dear ARZA and PJV members

“At this moment in history, there is no more urgent need, nor sacred opportunity, than to help those who are fleeing from the designs of a modern Pharaoh.”
– Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, Temple Israel, West Palm Beach, Florida.

They have escaped and arrived in Israel. What now?

We are hoping that Passover this year will have special meaning.

With thanks to the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, working together, immediate assistance on the ground in Israel has been launched to respond to those arriving from war-torn Ukraine and Russia.

Now, with the holiday of Passover and all its symbolism of freedom, liberation, and the strength of the Jewish people on the horizon, we turn to you to join us in expanding our efforts and abilities to provide pastoral counselling, spiritual solace, and community life – including Passover Seders and Women’s Circles – to the many Olim and refugees who have escaped to Israel.

WE ASK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO DONATE TO THE UKRAINE CRISIS FUND THROUGH THE UIA PROGRESSIVE APPEAL HELPING THE (WUPJ) WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM BRING ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TO REFUGEES AND OLIM FLEEING UKRAINE.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Philip Bliss OAM
PJV President

Helen Shardey OAM
ARZA Australia President
UPJ Vice President

2022-04-12T16:34:41+10:00April 11th, 2022|News|

Chag Pesach Sameach

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Chag Pesach Sameach
Happy Passover from ARZA and the UPJ!

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At our seders, we will join with family and friends to retell the Passover story,
recounting the journey of the Children of Israel toward their spiritual homeland.

As we break the matzah
(and savour the resulting diverse shapes and sizes – and crumbs!),
we are reminded that there are many ways to be Jewish,
and celebrate how our Progressive community
embraces all “shapes and sizes”.

More significantly, we also remember that the world is broken today,
and in need of repair with our assistance.
We pray that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine
will soon be led to safety and return to freedom.

On behalf of the UPJ Executive Committee,
we wish you a joyous and fulfilling Passover.

May you and your family break matzah together
in unique and inspiring ways,
and may your cup overflow with goodness and happiness.

On behalf of the UPJ Executive Committee and ARZA board,

David D Knoll AM and Brian Samuel OAM
UPJ Co-Presidents

Helen Shardey OAM
ARZA President
UPJ Vice President

2022-04-12T16:20:20+10:00April 11th, 2022|News|

Russian military damage Holocaust memorial near Kharkiv

The damaged Holocaust memorial in Drobytsky Yar ravine on the outskirts of Kharkiv

The damaged Holocaust memorial in Drobytsky Yar ravine on the outskirts of Kharkiv

WE PRAY FOR A MIRACLE AS WE SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE

As we, the Jewish community prepare to celebrate our deliverance from Egypt and our freedom as a people, we can’t help but mourn the current suffering of some of our people along with their countrymen and women in Ukraine. We mourn for the unspeakable suffering they are having to endure at the hands of one who is determined to destroy.

The words of Mi Chamochah will be ringing in our ears as we remember the wonders worked to bring the Hebrews out of slavery, the sea splitting before Moses and Miriam. I can’t help but think we are hoping for a miracle to save the people of Ukraine and the many Jews seeking to save their families and having to flee their homeland.

We have, as a community through our Progressive Appeal, endeavoured to contribute as much as we can to the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s (WUPJ’s) Ukraine Crisis Fund which is helping bring escaping Jews and others to Israel and providing support to those who have fled to neighbouring countries around the borders of Ukraine.

We pray that those entering Israel are being welcomed with open arms. We hope that the process of making Aliyah is not made too difficult. We support the Legal Aid Centre for Olim (LACO) in its work to assist those having difficulty in being accepted as legitimate refugees and Olim.

I know, as we sit around the Seder table with family and friends, we will all feel an acute sense of gratitude that we can enjoy a freedom that we all cherish. I also know that we will continue to do what we can, however we can, to support the Jews and the people of Ukraine until their day of freedom comes.

ARZA President, Helen Shardey

Helen Shardey OAM
ARZA Australia President
UPJ Vice President

2022-03-30T18:22:51+11:00March 29th, 2022|News|
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