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

Chag Pesach Sameach

להיות עם חופשי Passover Chag Pesach is also known as chag Ha cherut or Chag Cheruteinu – The festival of our freedom. The struggle for freedom is woven into Jewish history and identity for thousands of years. It is true about the collective freedom of the Jewish People as a whole to be accepted for who they are and for the individual to practice their beliefs and way of [...]

April 19th, 2024|Categories: News|

Iran’s Attack on Israel

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel © REUTERS Our hearts are with all of Israel. At this time of grave danger, we share in the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, "At this very dangerous moment, our hearts are in the East. We pray for the safety and well-being of the Israeli people and the State of Israel. As the Hashkeivenu prayer says, [...]

April 14th, 2024|Categories: News|

Joint statement from ARZA, ARC and the UPJ

Joint statement by the Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ), the Australian Reform Zionist Association (ARZA) and the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors of Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ARC) The Australian Jewish Progressive Movement would like to express their support of the statements made by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Zionist Federation of Australia with regard to the speech given by Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong to the Australian National University national [...]

April 12th, 2024|Categories: News|

Young Adult Israel Program

ACHSHAV – NOW MORE THAN EVER Ready to travel to Israel and make a difference? Join us for a meaningful 2-week program. Proudly backed by the Zionist Federation of Australia, Birthright Israel and ARZA, this is an incredible opportunity not to be missed! ✅ Between the ages of 20-40 📅 Date: 10-18 July 🤝 Contribute to Israel’s growth through meaningful volunteering 🏠 Accommodation in Tel Aviv ✈️ Receive a $700 [...]

April 12th, 2024|Categories: News|

Understanding Pesach

in the context of our current reality 7.30pm Tuesday 16 April at TBI Rabbi Allison Conyer will share her fantastic Pre-Pesach presentation, originally delivered at Victoria’s Parliament House and facilitated by PJV. […]

April 9th, 2024|Categories: News|
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