ARZENU is the umbrella organization of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists. Founded in 1980 as an "ideological grouping" or Brit Olamit within the World Zionist Organization, ARZENU has constituent groups in twelve countries and represents the interests of these groups and of Reform and Progressive Judaism worldwide in the governing bodies of the World Zionist Organization and in the Jewish Agency for Israel.
ARZENU works to stimulate Zionist interest and activities in Progressive communities throughout the world. In countries where there are ARZENU constituents, we work to further the interests of Progressive Judaism within local Zionist Federations. ARZENU works together with all ideological groupings to promote Zionist activity in local Jewish communities and especially Zionist youth activity. Netzer Olami, the International Progressive Zionist Youth Movement is officially affiliated with ARZENU.
The objectives of ARZENU are:
- To encourage Zionist commitment among Reform/Progressive Jews throughout the world and their adherence to the Jerusalem Program.
- To represent the interests of Reform/Progressive Jewish Zionists at the World Zionist Organization (WZO), and its associated bodies.
- To encourage aliyah as a Reform/Progressive Jewish option and assist those Reform/Progressive Jews who, as individuals or as groups, are committed to aliyah.
- To foster the development of Reform/Progressive Judaism in Israel.
- To work for authentic Jewish pluralism in Israel through elimination of all legislation and other measures which discriminate against non-Orthodox Judaism and which violate the principles of equal rights for all religious streams as embodied in Israel's Declaration of Independence.
- To contribute to the welfare of the State of Israel in all its aspects.
- To develop and support the work of national Reform/Progressive Jewish Zionist organizations throughout the world
ARZENU has 3 members on the WZO Zionist Executive and is represented on committees and on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency by 10 representatives from around the world.