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

Israel Budget Passes First Stage

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, left, shakes hands with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a Knesset vote on the state budget, September 2, 2021 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90) The Bennett/Lapid Government of Israel is making huge inroads into achieving economic stability in Israel with the passing of the first reading of the 2021-2022 budget. The Times of Israel reported that “It was the first time budget legislation was approved by parliament since 2018. Recurrent government collapses [...]

October 27th, 2021|Categories: News|

UPJ and ARZA Australia Joint Press Release on Australia’s adoption of the IHRA Antisemitism Definition

Scott Morrison addresses the Malmo Forum Photo: Screenshot The Union for Progressive Judaism and ARZA Australia (the Australian Reform/Progressive Zionist Association) join together in warmly welcoming the Australian Government’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of Antisemitism. UPJ Co-Presidents David Knoll and Brian Samuel of the UPJ with Helen Shardey, President ARZA Australia warmly welcomed the announcement today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the Australian Government, people and nation [...]

October 15th, 2021|Categories: News|

Issues of Gender Segregation Evolving in Israel

Israel's top court allows sex-segregated university classes to integrate Haredim - Israel News - Haaretz.com Progressive Jews have long supported pluralism and equality in society. We value and tolerate a diversity of people with differing levels of belief and practice and differing gender identity. Progressive Jews welcome to their Shuls and events people of any gender and do not practice gender segregation. We believe this is essential in the name of equality. We [...]

October 6th, 2021|Categories: News|

The New Israeli Government So Far

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken marks the anniversary of the Abraham Accords with, clockwise, diplomats from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain, on Sept. 17, 2021. (Screenshot) With the High Holydays having drawn to an end and a New Year dawning, it may well be time to cast our minds back over the last months to examine what has occurred since the change in government in Israel. The Bennett/Lapid National [...]

September 29th, 2021|Categories: News|

Message from Gusti Braverman

Dear Helen, It has been a very hard and challenging year for all of us. I'm taking this opportunity, before the Jewish New Year begins, to personally thank you for all you did along the past year to strengthen the ties with Israel in general and with the Reform Movement in particular. To this I would like to add a special personal gratitude for your support and friendship, it is deeply appreciated. I would like [...]

September 6th, 2021|Categories: News|
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