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Yom Ha'Atzmaut Supplemental Readings

ARZA and the URJ are proud to release a new resource for Reform leaders across the country celebrating Israel's 70th birthday this Yom Ha'Atzmaut. We encourage all clergy and lay leaders to hold an Israel Shabbat, to use this special anniversary as an opportunity to center a connection to Israel in your congregation.


Join ARZA and the URJ in our efforts to strengthen Israel engagement throughout our Movement, and in saying Yom Huledet Sameah, Happy Birthday to Israel!

ARZA Backgrounders on Religious Equality in Israel

Click here to access the entire stock of ARZA backgrounders explaining the impediments to religious equality in Israel. Topics include the Western Wall Agreement, Conversion Bill, Public Shabbat Observance, and much more!

Nation-State Bill Backgrounder

The Nation-State Bill refers to a proposal pending in the Knesset to prioritize Israel’s Jewish identity over its democratic one. This bill damages the delicate balance of these two foundational characteristics and seriously undermines the rights of minority populations in Israel. Click here to learn more.

Transportation on Shabbat Backgrounder

Shabbat in Israel is a special time, but statutes banning public transportation in many areas around the country impose one type of religious observance on all people. By legislating to suit Orthodox preferences, the Israeli government blurs the boundaries between religion and state to the detriment of other citizens. Click here to learn more!

The Western Wall Agreement: A History

Use this timeline to better understand the major developments in women's rights and religious equality at the Western Wall throughout Israel's history.

Western Wall Backgrounder

Use this backgrounder to better understand the development of the Western Wall Agreement.

Conversion Bill Backgrounder

The Conversion Bill refers to the pending legislation in Israel that would grant the Chief Rabbinate exclusive control over matters of conversion. This bill threatens the legitimacy of Reform, Conservative, and even many Orthodox communities in Israel and beyond. The question of who is a Jew and which denominations are considered valid in the Jewish State are at the heart of this issue. Learn more HERE

Conversion in Israel: A History

Use this timeline to better understand the major developments in conversion law in Israel throughout its history.

Having an ARZA scholar at your congregation

Having ARZA at your congregation can be a wonderful way to promote honest and real conversations about Israel. 

To have an ARZA scholar, please email us! 


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Israel 101: Everything You Need to Know about Israeli Politics 


An Infographic series that helps you understand the fundamentals of Israeli politics and society. 


Always changing, always adding, watch for new ones!