As the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) approach, we turn to introspection, family and community. As passionate Canadian Jews and Reform Zionists who love Israel we have much to be grateful for but also much to be concerned about.
I am grateful for the response from you, our progressive Zionist community, to my Call to Action regarding our objections to aspects of the Nation State Bill which is now a Basic Law. See
that for which ARZA CANADA was interviewed. We will continue to work in partnership with our friends and partners in Israel. With your support, together we serve as the voice of Canadian Reform Zionists.
I am grateful to URJ Camp George for providing a camping experience for our youth that lives our Reform values and our Zionist values. Their Community Leadership Day on August 11 was a celebration of Israel at 70. It was a joy to participate, to meet the Israelis working there and to welcome Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA (US).
But... I am concerned about the growing rift between the Jews of the diaspora and the State of Israel. While we look up to Israel, admire its astonishing achievements and view it as our second home, recent events in Israel are testing the democratic and egalitarian dimensions of the Jewish state. We must work together to change course and ensure that Israel will continue to be the Jewish democratic state it is meant to be.
Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to work for the soul of Israel, for a Jewish state that is a homeland for all Jews.
Now more than ever, maintaining membership in ARZA CANADA is not merely symbolic. Each membership amplifies our voice and influence both in Israel and in international Zionist meetings. The more members, the more votes. It helps you make a difference!
We are delighted that we will again be welcoming leaders from the IMPJ to Canada during ARZA CANADA WEEK, November 16 to 24. Rabbi Myra Hovav, serving Ramot Shalom congregation in Be'er Sheva, and Reut Noyman, Acting Director of the IMPJ Education Department, will be our guests.
My warmest wishes for a sweet, healthy New Year and a year of peace.
L'shanah Tovah u'metuka