April 18, 2014   18 Nisan 5774
Over 1,000 rabbis urge...

Over 1,000 rabbis urge Jerusalem mayor not to pick Islamophobe for chief rabbi

Rick Jacobs, Julie Schonfeld, Asher Lopatin and Debra Waxman among signatories who say choice of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, now chief rabbi of Safed, would send 'message of divisiveness and intolerance.'

Read the complete article by Haaretz here.

A Visit with NFTY-EIE. Our Zionist Future
ARZA Chair, Rabbi Bennett Miller and President, Rabbi Josh Weinberg, visit with NFTY-EIE participants in Israel.




ARZA Mourns the Death of Shulamit Aloni
Shulamit Aloni, former leader of Israel’ Meretz Party and a recipient of the Israel Prize died on Friday morning, January 24 in her home in Kfar Shmaryahu. She pioneered the fight for equality and civil rights in Israel and is remembered for both her passion and her leadership.

Read HAARETZ's article on Aloni to learn more about her life and career as a champion for civic society in Israel.

Important Developments Regarding the Egalitarian Kotel Administration

Please read this article and support the Reform movement and Rabbi Rick Jacobs in furthering our interests and ideals at the Kotel.


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More Universities Reject ASA Boycott

Despite many universities and colleges being closed for the holiday/winter break, 100 have already issued statements rejecting the American Studies Association’s call for a boycott of Israeli universities. More are expected in the coming days as they learn of the ASA action.

You can learn more about these universities and colleges, as well as read a press release from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations this growing trend, click here.

Have You Joined ARZA?

Have you joined ARZA for 5774? Visit our membership page to learn about all the ways you can join ARZA.

 
From Our Congregations in Israel

Every week, we will share the latest happenings at our congregations in Israel. Check out the 'What's Happening in Israel?' page for recent events and information, and the latest news from the IMPJ.

 
Order the ARZA Calendar 5774

The 5774 ARZA Calendar, covering 17 months from August 2013 to December 2014, will feature photos of twinned URJ and Reform Israel congregational activities, as well as holidays, ARZA events, Israel youth programs and much more.  The price is only $10 each and orders of 10 or more lower the cost to $8 each. Order yours today! To purchase online with a credit card:

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ARZA Offering “Monopolity” Israeli Political Game-Free Shipping Extended!


“Monopolity,” a new and exciting interactive Israeli political game, developed by the World Zionist Organization (WZO), explores the complexities of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament), and is a good introduction to the country’s many political parties and sparks discussions and debates on such issues as religion/state, peace, security, immigration and relations to Jewish communities around the world. It is ideal for congregations, NFTY groups and high school classes. Watch the promotional video to see the game in action!

Monopolity is regularly $120, plus shipping and handling, however there is a special discount price of only $90, plus shipping and handling, if ordered through ARZA

For information on Monopolity, please call 212.650.4280 or email Amy at abernstein@arza.org.

The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement Against Israel  

A “war without guns” is being waged to delegitimize Israel. Referring to Israel as an aggressor, that is committing state terrorism and massacring the people of Gaza, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement is actively calling on people around the world to boycott Israeli goods, join an active BDS campaign or start a new one, organize a BDS protest action, urge organizations that you affiliate with to divest from Israel and to urge your government to impose a military embargo on Israel.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Richard Falk, UN Human Rights Investigator for the Palestinian territories, said he would not resign and accused critics who have called him anti-Semitic of trying to divert attention from his scrutiny of Israeli policies. On June 10, Falk accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on 1.75 million Palestinians in Gaza, saying the enclave's viability is at stake.  UN Watch and the United States have called upon Falk to quit and the US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, has described Falk as "unfit to serve in his role as a US special rapporteur."  Reportedly, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also questioned Falk's appropriateness.

In his position at the UN, Falk has regularly singled out Israel as a human rights violator and has employed anti-Semitic imagery and comparisons of Israeli actions to those of the Nazis. At the same time, he ignores the virulent anti-Semitism and violent statements of Hamas leaders in Gaza.

Read on for more information.

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New and Expanded Programs at Kibbutz Lotan  

Learn more about opportunities to live and learn at Kibbutz Lotan in the South of Israel:

  • 4-month Peace, Justice and the Environment University Semester: Hands-on work and experience in all areas, both onsite and throughout Israel. In partnership with UMass Amherst for gap year and undergraduates from other colleges.
  • Green Apprenticeship Program: Work/study sustainable design and management program. Teaches practical skills and theoretical knowledge, as well as alternative solutions.
  • Summer Eco Experience: Two week hands-on opportunity for those interested in the design, building and running of sustainable communities. Between four to eight hours of educational activities will take place each week.
 
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Join ARZA for the Annual Israel Parade

Be a part of something big!

Celebrate ARZA's 36th Anniversary and march with us at the New York City Israel Parade’s Golden Anniversary!  Let's make this the largest Reform contingent at the parade yet!

Click here to download our registration forms and march with ARZA!


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Bike the Drive 2014

 

Sunday, May 25th, join Team ARZA and Bike the Drive for Israel!  Last year 40 riders joined our team, including the Israel Consul General to the Midwest, Roey Gilad.  This year we’re hoping to more than double that number. Join us yourself, spread the word in your community, and make your TEAM ARZA DONATION HERE!



  

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Keep up-to-date with what is happening in Israel. 

JPost Interviews Anat Hoffman.  Watch the video here.

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