Starting on Monday June 18th, the leadership of ARZENU the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Zionists together with participants from the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the IMPJ (Israel Reform Movement) will be gathering in Jerusalem to participate in the annual World Zionist Organization's Va’ad Hapoel (Zionist General Council) and subsequent meetings with the Jewish Agency for Israel. ARZENU and friends will also be meeting with their faction partners in the WZO - Meretz and Labour for a joint Ideology Seminar focusing on issues of pluralism in Israel.
Shadow Program for young adults
In addition, 9 young adults will take part in a Shadowing Program that was inspired by the young adults themselves to develop the next generation of Zionist leaders. During the June meetings and over the coming year, the participants will shadow ARZENU leaders to learn first-hand what is involved in being a Zionist leader. They will become familiar with the inner workings of the WZO and will better understand the importance of ARZENU's involvement in it and the impact that that engagement yields for the Reform Movement. In addition, they will gain insights into the work of ARZENU as the umbrella organization for Reform Zionists from across the globe.
Involvement is crucial to ensure our interests
ARZENU and the World Union for Progressive Judaism are extremely active in the work of the World Zionist Organization in an effort to give voice to the vision and views of world Reform/Progressive Zionists. This intense involvement underpins the approximately $3m that the WZO, the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) annually provide in support of the activities of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, the Hebrew Union College, the Reform kibbutzim in Israel as well as other Reform affiliates. The strength of ARZENU and the World Union is crucial to impacting the agenda of these National Institutions and for promoting Reform / Progressive interests in Israel and the Diaspora.
See the various schedules for Va’ad Hapoel in the attached documents.
ARZENU meetings June 2012 - updated