Dear ARZA Canada member,
L'Shana Tova - May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy and healthy New Year
We thank you for your membership in ARZA Canada.
As Israel struggles with political instability and wave 2 of the Corona virus, our support to our brothers and sisters in Israel's Reform movement is more important than ever.
As a member of ARZA Canada, you support our collaboration with Israeli Reform Jews to promote a pluralistic, just and democratic society in Israel. You also support our work to promote Reform Zionism in our communities and advocate for Israel in the wider community.
And this year, ARZA Canada will represent you on the World Zionist stage.
ARZA Canada is pleased to have a full delegation of 18 members (6 delegates and 12 alternates, including 5 young adults) to the 38th World Zionist Congress, to be held virtually October 20-22. We are proud to be the largest Reform delegation after the US and the largest Zionist delegation from Canada. We will be using our voices to promote pluralism, equality and democracy within the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and its subsidiaries.
ARZA Canada is a constituent country member of ARZENU, the umbrella organization of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionist organizations in 15 countries. In addition to the Congress, our delegation will participate in ARZENU Shabbaton and meetings from October 17-19. Each constituent member country will present a Country Report (slide show presentation) plus a three-minute video highlighting their work of the past five years. I hope to be able to share ours with all of you in future newsletters.
We are proud of the relationships we have developed with Israelis and Reform congregations through the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). The members of our delegation will have the opportunity to meet with our Reform Israeli partners and our counterparts from around the world.
Thank you for your support for our beloved State of Israel and the Jewish people.
Wishing you a sweet and fruitful 5781; may it bring peace, health, and more normal times.
Shana Tova u’Metuka
President, ARZA Canada