Welcome

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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?

YOU SHOULD JOIN ARZA BECAUSE:

  • 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

Anat Hoffman interview

Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of IRAC For those of you who were able to view the ZFA President, Jeremy Leibler interviewing Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of IRAC, (the Israeli Religious Action Centre), you would have gained a deep understanding as to why the Diaspora Progressive Movement supports this wonderful woman and her quest on our behalf so strongly. Her stand out comment to me was “Israel is the table where Jewish values are discussed”. [...]

September 1st, 2020|Categories: News|

ARZA August Update

As reported by the Israel Religious Action Centre “in response to the controversial Belarusian election results made public on August 18, tens of thousands of Belarusians took to the streets demanding an end to President Lukashenko’s long and anti -democratic reign. The protesters met with Government violence. Among the protesters were members of the Reform/Progressive congregation in Minsk, some of whom were arrested". A webinar has been made where we hear from Rabbi Grisha [...]

August 28th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|

Normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

ARZA AUSTRALIA IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM, THE ASSEMBLY OF RABBIS AND CANTORS AND NETZER The Australian Reform/Progressive Zionist Association (ARZA) is joined by the Union for Progressive Judaism, the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors and Netzer in welcoming the historic announcement of the normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This agreement is the culmination of enormous efforts by Israel and other countries over many years. It [...]

August 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Interview with Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

"It’s difficult to have a conversation right now about Israel without the topic of annexation coming up. But what exactly is it and what does it mean? How does it differ from the current situation? How does it differ from the situation in Gaza and other parts of the West Bank? What does it mean for Palestinians? What does it mean for Israelis? Will it change how Britain’s Jews (or other Diaspora Jews) view [...]

July 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

You’ve Made a Difference

Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, speaks about the achievements of ARZA in Israel. As ARZA and the UPJ continue to work together as a united Progressive Jewish family, building the ARZA Australia membership for the World Zionist Congress, we are delighted to bring to you a wonderful video clip from Anat Hoffman. Anat is the Executive Director of IRAC, the Israel Religious Action Centre. She is also [...]

May 18th, 2020|Categories: News|
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