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Reflections from EIE

Josh Weinberg Shalom and welcome to the first in a series of blog posts from the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA).  The series will be dedicated to reflections on the Eisendrath International Exchange NFTY High School in Israel (EIE) as it enters its sixth decade continuing to teach and transform Reform youth from […]

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Emet VeShalom Nahariya Welcomes North American Olim (and Visitors!)

By Sharon Mann Many of us who live in Nahariya, six miles from Lebanon’s border, consider our city a little gem in the north of Israel. It is small, clean, on the train line affording easy access to the center of the country and on the Mediterranean Coast. Yes we are in the periphery of […]

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Even the Cats Know it is Shabbat in Jerusalem

by Sarah DePaolo Jerusalem is overrun with stray cats.  Most of the week they hang out on sidewalks and hide under parked cars, but on Shabbat they lounge in the middle of the street; baking in their patches of sunlight; daring you to move them or for a car to disturb their well-deserved nap. I […]

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Appreciating Water in the Desert

by Al Tanenbaum This week’s Torah portion, Chukat, is uncommonly rich with themes of life, death, leadership, and faith. Most often it is thought of for its nearly impenetrable and detailed commandment for using the ashes of an unblemished cow for cleansing those who have come in contact with the dead. Alternatively, scholars and students […]

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Prayer For All

The past year has seen an increase in tension – and even violence – at the Kotel or Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites. Last Friday, progressive Jews worldwide were disturbed to learn of protests and near-rioting as the Women of the Wall came to pray for Rosh Chodesh at the Kotel. On one […]

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The ‘Z’ in ARZA

Numerous news articles have come out in the Forward, New York Times, Jewish Week and Haaretz covering the vote in the UN on upgrading the status of Palestine in the world community. Statements have also been released by URJ and CCAR, with the support of ARZA and ARZA Canada, as well as controversies arising from […]

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Historic Decision in Israel: Rabbi Miri Gold Recognized by State

Editor’s Note: The following post was issued as a press release this afternoon following the news today that Rabbi Miri Gold would become the first non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel. Israeli Reform Rabbi Miri Gold will be the first non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel, under […]

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Want to support Israel? Start here!

With Yom Ha Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) on April 26th, and the first Reform Israel Shabbat immediately following, we know that Israel is on a lot of people’s minds right now. The easiest, most basic way for a Reform Jew to support Israel and its democratic, inclusive nature is to join ARZA! By belonging to […]

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Welcome to the ARZA Blog!

Welcome to the new ARZA Blog!  As part of the URJ family, ARZA now has a place to share the latest thinking and news about our work and that of the Reform Movement in Israel. We will be featuring posts from ARZA staff, Rabbis across the US and in Israel, as well as leaders from […]

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A Nation Revived: Anshei Chayil

“We have gathered up human particles and combined them into the fruitful and creative nucleus of a nation revived.” This is how David Ben Gurion described the way that the State of Israel evolved in our own time. We are part of the revival. Through our liturgy and our calendar Israel is ever present. Wherever […]

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