ARZA- THE NETHERLANDS 2008
ANNUAL REPORT 5768-5769
Board members at December 31, 2008:
Samuel de Leeuw chairman
Judith Dotsch secretary
Coen Abraham treasurer
Marlise Gelder member
This year our advisor Rabbi Ruben Bar-Ephraim left our board. During 2008 the board met 5 times.
ADKaN, our own News Bulletin, was published twice.
Israel 60 years
Because of the celebration of Israel’s 60 years of existence ARZA-The Netherlands organized a picnic for their members in the Amsterdamse Bos. As FNZ-participants we attended the big celebration of this diamond jubilee at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam.
ARZA- chaiman Samuel de Leeuw represented ARZA-The Netherlands at the yearly Board meeting of the yearly ARZENU-board in Jerusalem from 9-11 November.
Following this meeting Samuel de Leeuw represented ARZA-The Netherlands at the Va’ad Hap’oel of the World Zionist Congress from 9-11 November and from 14-16 November he joined the Jafi Assembly.
On behalf of the youth of ARZA-The Netherlands Hadassa Conen attended the ARZENU workshop (Reform Zionism).
Donations of ARZA
On behalf of ARZA-Netherlands a new gate was donated to the Har El Community in Jerusalem. Chairman Samu de Leeuw presented the gate officially to Har El during his stay in November and he attached the Mezuza to the gate.
During this year we committed ourselves to financially support the Mechina Project (a project of IMPJ) in Yaffo-Tel Aviv. Within this Project young liberal jews are trained for Leadership of the Liberal Movement during a preparation year (mechina) following their high school graduation and preceding their service in the army.
ARZA-The Netherlands agreed with IMPJ to support Albina Chizik during her stay and study in Yaffo for a year.
Samuel de Leeuw held various meetings and lectures about ARZA which resulted in several new members.
During our annual meeting of June 15, 2008 the movie “120% Jewish” was shown in presence of the producer/director Corine Falch and some of the actors.
Participation in other organizations
New website of ARZA-The Netherlands
During this year the website of ARZA-The Netherlands (www.arza.nl) was renewed and linked to the website of the Dutch Union of Progressive Jewry.