ARZA Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works to represent the views and values of Progressive Jewish Zionists. We work to ensure that Israel lives in peace and security as promised in its Declaration of Independence. We work to strengthen the Progressive Movement in Israel, Australia and worldwide.

Why Join ARZA Australia?


  • ARZA (Australian Reform Zionist Association) represents the views of the Australian Reform (Progressive) movement relating to social policies in Israel
  • These include trying to break the monopoly of the orthodox rabbinate on matters like civil marriage and divorce, equality for women, access to the Kotel, and state salaries for Progressive rabbis
  • ARZA does this by sending delegates to participate in the meetings of the World Zionist Congress, which represents the diaspora in Israel and has considerable influence with members of the Knesset
  • ARZA has strength in Israeli forums because of its weight of numbers. Our voting power is directly related to the number of members we have.
  • If we can build our membership numbers, we will increase our influence
  • ARZA also gives financial support to Australian youth through grants to Netzer and young people undertaking leadership studies and training
  • ARZA does not get involved in internal Israeli politics or its foreign affairs.
  • Membership fee is only $18 per person a year. This is less than a cup of coffee a month.
  • ARZA membership is strongly supported by the Moetza, the association of Australian Progressive rabbis, and by your own synagogue Board

Please add $18 for each person over 18 years of age in your family to your synagogue membership invoice and help us to keep the Progressive voice strong in Israel.

News and Events

A Cacophony Of Concerns About Israel

The Israel Religious Action Center and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism out in support of democracy The cacophony of concerns being expressed both in Israel and the Diaspora about the policies of the new Israeli government is almost deafening. In the space of a couple of days deep concerns have been expressed by the Chair of the World Zionist Organisations Yaakov Hagoel, the Chair of the Jewish Agency Doron Almog, the World Chair of [...]

January 12th, 2023|Categories: News|

Chag Chanukah Sameach!

Kislev 5783/ November/December 2022 Wishing you a joyous and meaningful Chanukah The ARZA Australia Executive Helen Shardey OAM, President Steve Denenberg, Immediate Past President Dr Sue Silberberg, Vice-President Benjamin James, Vice-President Tony Leverton, Honorary Treasurer Cassie Barrett, Honorary Secretary Rabbinic Advisor: Rabbi Fred Morgan Committee Members: Avishai Conyer, Ayal Merek Ex-Officio: Noa Abrahams, Rabbi Allison Conyer and Sefi Shalam Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors Australia, New Zealand and Asia Rabbi Allison Conyer, President [...]

December 15th, 2022|Categories: News|

Love And Fear For Eretz Yisrael

Friday's rally in support of the residents of Abu Ghosh and Ein Nakuba (Photo courtesy IRAC) The Jewish world, particularly the Progressive/Reform Jewish world has expressed deep concern over the direction of the new far right Coalition being formed to govern Israel after the recent election. It is agreed that the election result delivered a decisive victory for the largest political party in Israel and therefore the possibility of some political stability after [...]

November 30th, 2022|Categories: News|

Notice of AGM 2022

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 Association (ARZA) will be held on Wednesday 7 December 2022 7:00pm (AEDT). Also online via Zoom. Links Zoom link for the meeting Notice, nomination & proxy forms Minutes from the 2021 AGM Statement of Income and Expenditure 2021-22 Treasurer's Report - 2022 Auditor's Report - 2022

November 15th, 2022|Categories: Events|

Israel’s Future With The Far Right

Israel's President Isaac Herzog in a meeting with United Arab List party representatives in Jerusalem, on Friday. Credit: Oren Ben Hakoon Regardless of the very deep concern being expressed by Diaspora and Progressive Jews, today, Sunday will see the President of Israel formally invite Benjamin Netanyahu to form Israel’s next government. The process leading to this invitation has been completed by President Herzog. Leaders of all political parties were asked who they would support to [...]

November 15th, 2022|Categories: News|

Possible Far Right-Wing Government In Israel

Hadash-Ta'al party leaders at their headquarters in the northern town of Shefaram, as the results of the Israeli general elections are announced, November 1, 2022. (Michael Giladi/Flash90) The concern raised last week about the emergence of far-right parties in the Israeli elections sadly seems to be coming to fruition, and according to exit polling Netanyahu may also secure a thin majority. This could allow him to form Government and rely on support from the far-right [...]

November 2nd, 2022|Categories: News|
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