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

Violence Against Women of the Wall at the Kotel by Haredi Women

A young woman raising a WZO flag uses a whistle to disrupt Women of the Wall prayer service. Credit: Orly Erez Likhovsky Background The Progressive/Reform Jewish world was shocked and distressed to see young Ultra-Orthodox women who were brought to the Kotel last Rosh Chodesh on buses branded with the logo of the World Zionist Organisation, violently attack women who had gathered to pray. Australian and British Jewish leaders expressed their distress at [...]

May 20th, 2022|Categories: News|

Antisemitism by Student Union

Melbourne University The Zionist voice of Progressive Judaism for Australia (ARZA) supports the UPJ, prominent Jewish leaders and organisations in condemning the Student Union of Melbourne University for outrageously supporting the anti-Israel BDS movement and demanding an academic boycott to cut ties with Israeli institutions, researchers, and academics. This, in the very week we remember and celebrate the United Nations passing of the resolution of May 14, 1948, establishing the Jewish State in Eretz-Israel. This [...]

May 5th, 2022|Categories: News|

Rabbi Gilad Kariv to bring message of hope to Australian Progressive Community

Yair Lapid, center, and Yamina MK Idit Silman (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch) On Sunday May 8, at 7pm, Rabbi Gilad Kariv will be speaking live to the Australian Progressive Jewish community for the first time since his election to the Knesset as part of the Coalition to assume government in Israel in 2021. This zoom meeting has been arranged by the UPJ (Union for Progressive Judaism) and we are delighted to be able to welcome [...]

April 26th, 2022|Categories: Events|

The World Union for Progressive Judaism President, Rabbi Sergio Bergman visits Europe over Pesach to see the Ukraine refugee crisis firsthand

During his Passover trip to Europe World Union President Rabbi Sergio Bergman (right) met with Student Rabbi Alex Kovtun (left). My last message to you was about the Olim and refugees who have fled Ukraine to Israel. I talked about the amazing work being done by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) in partnership with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), working together to bring immediate assistance on the ground in [...]

April 21st, 2022|Categories: News|

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

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 [...]

April 11th, 2022|Categories: News|

Chag Pesach Sameach

Chag Pesach Sameach Happy Passover from ARZA and the UPJ! 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 [...]

April 11th, 2022|Categories: News|
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