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ARZENU IN ISRAEL, OCTOBER 2015: REFORM VALUES IN ACTION Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, Chair

Amidst alarming episodes of random stabbings by terrorists throughout the country, Cheryl and I attended the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, held by the World Zionist Organization.  The WZO is often called "the Parliament of the Worldwide Jewish People" and so we joined together with Jewish delegates from dozens of countries representing a wide variety of political and religious ideologies.  Imagine a theatre filled with hundreds of Jews all trying to talk at…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on November 1, 2015 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Reform/Progressive Movement slams recent spate of attacks in Israel

The leadership of the world’s largest stream of religious Judaism, the Reform/Progressive Movement, condemns the perpetrators of the recent hate crimes in Israel – and those who have helped to create a social and spiritual environment in which such deeds would even be contemplated, let alone condoned.

“The barbaric attack on a Palestinian family, including the murder of an 18-month old baby, is an act of terrorism and the State of Israel must respond to it using the same…

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Added by Arzenu Admin on August 12, 2015 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Address to German Union for Progressive Judaism Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander July 2, 2015

Mr. Ambassador, Honoured Rabbis, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Please excuse my weak German, but I wish to address you in the language of the country that has become a welcoming and prosperous home to our people.  As you know, we have assembled here to celebrate…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on July 23, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments

ARZENU's response to MK's David Azoulay's comments about Reform Jews and the Reform Movement

July 10, 2015 / 23 Tammuz, 5775

ARZENU, the world movement of Reform Zionists, condemns Israel’s religious services minister for his comments in a radio interview that Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews, and calls for action to be taken to prevent any further statements like this being made by a Government minister.

“It is unacceptable for a senior representative of the State of Israel to publicly undermine the Declaration of Independence and…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on July 13, 2015 at 10:43am — No Comments

The Pluralist - Newsletter for the Israel Religious Action Center

Dear Supporter,

Several years ago I attended an urgent Knesset session.  MK Danny Danon told a hushed crowd that Jewish girls, mostly new immigrants, were being kidnapped in the middle of the night by Arab men.  He described the situation vividly: "Girls are simply loaded into a vehicle by force by members of minorities." 



Other participants described young Jewish women being seduced and finding themselves in abusive relations with Arab men in places they…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on July 7, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

A TALE OF TWO EUROPES Rabbi Lawrence Englander Chair, ARZENU

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) is charged with strengthening relationships between the State of Israel and Diaspora communities.  At a recent meeting of the JAFI Board of Governors, we heard two presentations on the Jewish communities in Europe and the prospects for their future.  These two "tales" gave me two distinct perspectives on the relationship between the State of Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world.

 

The first…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on June 28, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Rabbi Daniel Freelander, WUPJ President’s Sermon - WUPJ Connections 2015 Conference

WUPJ Connections 2015 Conference

Associascao Religiosa Israelita (ARI) Congregation

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 16, 2015 - Shabbat B’har/B’chukotai

Rabbi Daniel Freelander, WUPJ President’s Sermon 

 

I opened the shades in my hotel room this morning and found myself staring at the remarkable natural mountains that surround Rio. They have power and beauty that…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on May 28, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

ARZENU Statement on Asylum Seekers

Jerusalem

May 5, 2015

‏ט"ז אייר תשע"ה

ARZENU, the global Reform Zionist organization, has called on the…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on May 7, 2015 at 7:32am — No Comments

Letter to Israeli Consul General Schneeweiss in Canada about Situation in Holot

April  15,2015

 

 

Dear Consul General Schneeweiss,

 

We planned to write to you after celebrating Pesach, the festival where we remember our escape from persecution to liberation.  The message of freedom during the Seder reminded us of a recent experience in Israel that made us uncomfortable; and so we write to you to express our feelings and to seek guidance. Now that we have recently celebrated Yom HaAtzma’ut, the message becomes all the more…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on May 4, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments

Rabbi Larry Englander's Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu about Israeli Delegation to Nepal

 

 

April 30, 2015

י"א אייר תשע"ה ‏

The Hon. B. Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel

3 Kaplan Street

Hakirya

Jerusalem, 91950

ISRAEL

 

Dear Prime Minister,

I write on behalf of ARZENU, the global Reform Zionist group, to commend you…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on May 4, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments

New JNF Development

At the last meeting of the JNF Directors, a proposal submitted by Lesley Sachs to form an executive committee for gender equality was approved. In addition, Lesley has been unanimously appointed to head this committee!

Lesley has been advocating the issue of gender inequality at the JNF since being elected a few years ago, feeling that there is a…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on March 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

RESOLUTIONS ON THE SETTLEMENTS DIVISION AT THE WZO GENERAL COUNCIL: ROOM FOR CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM

At the recent meeting of the WZO Va'ad HaPoel (General Council) in February 2015, our joint faction, which includes ARZENU, Labour and Meretz, managed to pass several important resolutions. Two of these aim to bring the WZO Settlements Division under closer scrutiny.  This is a major victory for our Progressive movement, but our work is far from over.

 

First,…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on March 1, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments

TOWARD A RESPONSIBLE ZIONISM - Rabbi Lawrence Englander, Chair

ARZENU SESSIONS, FEB 2015

 

As we left behind a frigid winter in Toronto, Cheryl and I arrived in Israel to a sunny, if rather cool, Jerusalem morning. We had come to spend some vacation time and to catch up with our friends here, and to meet with Reform and Progressive Jews around the world under the global umbrella of Arzenu.

 

During our…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on February 22, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Blog from Rabbi Tom Cohen, Kehilat Gesher, Paris

It is truly amazing the tremendous number of phone calls, SMS, email messages, linkedin messages and facebook messages I have received since last Wednesday. How so very true is the Talmudic statement in Shevuot (39a) declaring, “Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh”, meaning ‘all of Israel are responsible for each other’.



A week ago, all of Paris – myself included – was going about their normal business. In my case, I was taking one of my children to a medical visit,…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on January 22, 2015 at 1:47pm — No Comments

STANDING WITH YOU IN SOLIDARITY

Jews all over the world -- and all decent human beings -- are appalled by the barbaric and cowardly acts committed in the newspaper office and in the kosher grocery.  While may show their support by saying, "Je suis Charlie Hebdo," we at ARZENU can go further to say, "Nous sommes tous des juifs libérals de la France," thereby affirming the Talmudic principle that "Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh."…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on January 15, 2015 at 9:29am — No Comments

Israel's ambassador to the UN delivers VERY blunt message

Question of Palestine Debate

November 24, 2014

Delivered to UN General Assembly at around 4:00 PM (Nov 24/14) by Ambassador Ron Prosor

Mr. President,

I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on December 4, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Nation State Law update: “Document of Principles” by PM’s office + IMPJ Exec. Board position paper & statement + IMPJ, IRAC & MARAM letter sent to PM’s office

Translation of the “Document of Principles” put out by the Prime Minister’s office on which the so called “compromise” legislation may end up being based

 

Principle 1 – Objective:

The definition of the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, and the anchoring of…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on November 27, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Nation-state bill update IMPJ’s official press statement from Rabbi Gilad Kariv

Nation-state bill update

 

Today, following a long session of deliberations, the Israeli government approved its basic support for the two “nation-state” bills dealing with Israel’s Jewish character. The bills were approved based on a commitment that following a first reading (out of four readings which take place) the bills will not be advanced in their current form, and instead, the government will advance the version presented by…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on November 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

ARZA Strongly Condems Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

ARZA Strongly Condems…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on November 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Israel Visit - Rabbi Lawrence Englander

MY VISIT TO ISRAEL

OCTOBER 2014

Rabbi Lawrence Englander

 

SATURDAY OCT 25: BUILDING DEDICATION, RAMAT HASHARON

I had the privilege of attending the Chanukat HaBayit of Solel's twin congregation Darchei No'am in Ramat HaSharon, just north of Tel Aviv.  It was extremely moving to…

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Added by Debbie Pulik on November 23, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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