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

Rivlin Decides

President Reuven Rivlin, Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett (Photo: Yoav Dudkiewicz, Elad Gutman, GPO, Flash 90 | Ynetnews.com) The Progressive Movement of Australia has been at one in expressing our sincere condolences and offering prayers and heartfelt support to Israel in relation to the tragedy at Mount Meron on Lag Ba’omer. The lives lost and the hundreds injured represent the greatest civil disaster in Israeli history. On a different [...]

May 5th, 2021|Categories: News|

Netanyahu’s Reputation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem in 2018 | Sebastian Scheiner/AP Photo “Netanyahu’s reputation for reneging on promises hobbles coalition talks”, according to the Times of Israel. The media outlet noted yesterday that Netanyahu has had the mandate from President Rivlin to form a government for Israel for some 10 days. However, despite the view that a government will be formed with Netanyahu’s [...]

April 20th, 2021|Categories: News|

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

San Francisco City Hall illuminated in blue and white for Yom Ha'atzmaut in 2020. Credit: Israeli-American Council. In remembrance and celebration of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, ARZA Australia would like to bring you a beautiful musical rendition of The Prayer for Israel by Australian musicians with their own rendition. Please click on the link below and enjoy. CHUTNEY unplugged has produced a sequel to our Jerusalem of Gold video, this time to commemorate Yom Hazikaron / [...]

April 20th, 2021|Categories: News|

Israel Electoral Reform

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during consultations with party representatives on who might form the next coalition government, at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Monday, April 5, 2021. (Amir Cohen/Pool Photo via AP) Tonight an amazing Progressive religious service took place at the egalitarian section of the Kotel for Rabbi Gilad Kariv, to farewell him as President of the IMPJ. The event took place just prior to him being sworn in as a Member [...]

April 7th, 2021|Categories: News|

Mexican Standoff – Israel Style

Party leaders in Israel's March 23, 2021 elections. Top row left to right: Itamar Ben Gvir (Otzma Yehudit, part of the Religious Zionism party); Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionism); Naftali Bennett (Yamina); Aryeh Deri (Shas); Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism). Middle row left to right: Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu); Gideon Sa'ar (New Hope); Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud); Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid); Merav Michaeli (Labor). Bottom row left to right: Benny Gantz (Blue and White); Nitzan Horowitz [...]

March 31st, 2021|Categories: News|
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