Sunday, June 25 was a dark day for all who love the State of Israel.
Israel's current governing coalition accepted two positions that insulted and demeaned Jews around the world and in our beloved homeland.
The Israeli cabinet capitulated to extremist pressure from Ultra-Orthodox, non-Zionist political parties and froze its agreed-upon plan to develop an egalitarian worship space at the Western Wall (Ha-Kotel Ha-Ma'aravi). On the same day, it advanced a bill that would grant the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate exclusive control over conversions in Israel.
The Jewish world has responded with one voice. The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, the worldwide Reform and Conservative movements, ARZA-Canada and every major community organization and stream has rejected these decisions and called on the Government of Israel to reverse course immediately.
We must continue to speak up and speak out, because of our love for the State of Israel and our desire to cement the bonds that unite us through the next generations. Only strength in numbers will give us the voice we need to build a proud, democratic, Jewish pluralistic State of Israel. Non-Orthodox Jews in Israel need our ongoing help, now more than ever. Religious freedom and the very soul of the Jewish state are at risk.
People still ask "Why join ARZA CANADA?". Let me tell you why.
ARZA CANADA (The Canadian Association of Reform Zionists) is part of an international network of like-minded, progressive Jewish voices, working in unison to build a better, more democratic, pluralistic Israel. ARZA CANADA strongly condemned both of these outrageous actions by the Israeli government and is committed to speaking up for Reform and Progressive Jews in Israel.
Your membership in ARZA CANADA is power. Your membership in ARZA CANADA supports the Reform Movement in Israel. The strength of ARZA CANADA in the World Zionist Organization depends on the size of our membership.
ARZA CANADA is your voice in Israel.
Stay informed! Stay involved! Make your voice heard!
Join ARZA CANADA.
Join ARZA CANADA on your congregational dues renewal if available.
Join ARZA CANADA online at www.arzacanada.org.
Thank you and l'shalom