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Statement from ARZENU following new Kotel-arrest

ARZENU, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Zionists, deeply regrets the detention of four women during Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Kotel this morning (December 14), on suspicion that they might “disturb the peace and offend others”, and the confiscation of tallitot.

 

The continued domination of holy places in Israel by the Orthodox Rabbinate only serves to drive…

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Added by Louise R on December 16, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Webinar about upcoming Israeli election

On December 10, ARZENU hosted another successful webinar, this time about the upcoming Israeli election: Israel Election Punditry – led by Jeremy Leigh.

In case you missed it, you can listen to it online here.

Jeremy Leigh grew up in London where he was active in RSY-Netzer and from where he made aliyah in 1992. He has been living…

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Added by Louise R on December 16, 2012 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Jerusalem Post Feature: Bonding with Braverman

In a feature story in Jerusalem Post's Metro section from November 23, 2012, Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman, the only woman among the six publicly elected members of the WZO executive, talks about her work in the movement, her understanding of Zionism and her background as a Reform Jew.

You can read the feature here.

Added by Louise R on November 26, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Webcast about "Operation Pillar of Defense"

Tuesday this week, November 20, Jeremy Leigh and Dr David Mendelsson discussed “Operation Pillar of Defense” in a webcast. 

The webcast was a great success and, in case you missed it, you can still hear it by following this link.

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Added by Louise R on November 22, 2012 at 11:04am — No Comments

Natan Sharansky calls for dialogue about prayer at the Kotel

Following the arrest of Anat Hoffman on October 16 at the Kotel (Western Wall) and her subsequent harsh treatment by the police, the right of every Jew to pray at the Kotel has been discussed at The Jewish Agency for Israel’s (JAFI) board meeting. At the meeting Chairman Natan Sharansky said, “We are very angry and very upset at the behavior of Israel’s police”.

The plenary resulted in the passing of a resolution (following a 7-5 recommendation…

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Added by Louise R on November 15, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Following arrest: Interview and Q&A with Anat Hoffman on YouTube

Following Anat Hoffman’s arrest at the Kotel on Tuesday, October 16th, she was interviewed online and subsequently participated in a Q&A session set up by Pro-Zion, the UK Zionist Movement for Progressive Judaism.

Anat was arrested during a prayer service at the Kotel for saying Sh’ma Israel aloud and for wearing a tallit. She was subsequently taken to the police station where she was held…

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Added by Louise R on October 25, 2012 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Insights and highlights from the WZO Va'ad Hapoel

Added by Louise R on October 22, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Anat Hoffman arrested at the Kotel for saying Sh’ma Israel

On Tuesday night, October 16, Anat Hoffman was arrested during a prayer service at the Kotel for saying Sh’ma Israel aloud and for wearing a tallit. The service was held at the women’s section of the wall and was attended by some 250 participants including members from Women of the Wall and Hadassah.

Anat Hoffman was subsequently taken to the police…

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Added by Louise R on October 19, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

United Church of Canada calls for Israeli boycott

Last week, the United Church of Canada passed a resolution calling for the boycott of all Israeli goods produced in settlements on the West Bank.

 

The resolution is based on a 29-page report put together by the church’s Working Group on Israel/Palestine Policy and encouraged members of the church “to avoid any and all products produced in the settlements,” requests that the Canadian government ensure that “all…

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Added by Louise R on August 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

MDA responds to emails – IRAC steps up campaign

Last week IRAC send out a newsletter encouraging you to email American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) in protest of their appointment of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu to a new MDA advisory committee. The Rabbi is infamous for his racist remarks.

AFMDA has received thousands of letters since. You can read their reply here.

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Added by Louise R on August 7, 2012 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Help stop Magen David Adom’s racist rabbi

Yesterday, Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) launched a campaign to stop Magen David Adom, Israel’s renowned emergency service, from appointing Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, chief Rabbi of Safed, as head of their new rabbinical committee.

The committee will be setting religious guidelines on gender relations and issues of Tsniut (modesty) for volunteers in MDA. This appointment…

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Added by Louise R on July 31, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments

ARZENU proudly welcomes ARZA New Zealand as its 13th constituent

On Sunday, July 22, ARZENU could once again welcome a new member to our growing community of worldwide constituents. The launch of ARZA NZ took place at an event in Auckland with participants from New Zealand, Australia and Dalya Levy, director of ARZENU, online from Israel.

 

Below you can read the official statement from Udi Dvorkin, Formal Education and Community Shaliach in New Zealand.

 

Shalom…

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Added by Louise R on July 30, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Kibbutz Lotan to receive NIS 3.7m for bird sanctuary

ARZENU and the Israel Reform Movement has helped secure Kibbutz Lotan a NIS 3.7m grant from the JNF/KK"L for the construction of a bird-watching park as well as other eco-projects.

 

Read the full story below in a letter from Executive Director at Kibbutz Lotan, Mike Nitzan.…

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Added by Louise R on July 19, 2012 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Help stop hotel discrimination

The Rabbinate has come up with a new idea – kosher ratings of hotels in Israel. The concept of kosher hotels is not new in itself. However, the Rabbinate wants to take it even further than kashrut.

In the new rabbinical rating system employing a non-Jew in the kitchen, not having a gender segregated swimming pool or allowing people to talk on cell phones during Shabbat can result in a poor rating.

Help us prevent the Rabbinate’s attempt to, yet again, abuse…

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Added by Louise R on July 10, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Petition for pluralism at the Kotel

Help us make the Kotel (Western Wall) a place for all Jews - not just the ultra-Orthodox who are currently in sole control of the holiest site in Judaism as well as the Western Wall Heritage Council, who administers the holy site.

By signing the petition you call for religious pluralism on the Western Wall Heritage Council by opening up the council to members from other streams of Judaism such as Reform and Conservative Judaism as well as secular Jewish…

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Added by Louise R on July 3, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

Top Israeli politicians congratulate Reform Movement and offer future support

In a letter to the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak and Minister of Trade, Industry and Commerce, Shalom Simchon congratulate the movement on "its historic accomplishment of the State's recognition of Reform and Conservative Rabbis".

In addition, both Ministers offer their support in IMPJ's further struggle to end discrimination of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism in…

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Added by Louise R on June 11, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The big step for Judaism

Last week’s historical decision to recognize non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel has resulted in both congratulations, press coverage in both Israel and abroad and of course a feeling of renewed drive among people fighting tirelessly for the rights of egalitarian Jews in Israel to be able to live a religious Jewish life in accordance with their customs and beliefs.

Yesterday, Gilad Kariv, rabbi and Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive…

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Added by Louise R on June 5, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ARZENU thanks Natan Sharansky for support

Following Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky’s, statement of recognition of the State’s decision to recognize non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel, ARZENU chair, Joan Garson, has send this reply:

 

 

Natan

 

Please accept sincere thanks on behalf of ARZENU for your statement on…

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Added by Louise R on June 4, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

JA: Recognition a contribution to unity of the Jewish people and strengthening of Diaspora ties

As Reform and Progressive congregations, institutions and organizations are celebrating Rabbi Miri Gold’s recognition as a rabbi by the state, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, calls it a “contribution to the unity of the Jewish people and the strengthening of ties with the Diaspora”.

 

You can read his full statement in the attached documents in both English and Hebrew:…

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Added by Louise R on May 31, 2012 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Rabbi Miri Gold to receive state-pay

Today, the Attorney-General’s office announced that the state has decided to follow the advice of the High Court of Justice to start paying the wages of non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel serving their communities, just as it is paying the wages of 4000 Orthodox rabbis. So far, non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel have been paid by their congregations through membership dues.

The decision is based on a petition filed in 2005 by Rabbi Miri Gold of…

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Added by Louise R on May 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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