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arza LogoCast a Vote for Reform Values in Israel       

   As Jews, lovers of Israel and unconditional supporters of Israel’s right to exist, we are well aware of the many serious challenges confronting Israel today as well as the threats faced by the Jewish people everywhere. In addition to the existential questions confronting the state, as Reform Jews, we are also faced with serious questions concerning societal and institutional values. 

Questions like: 

  • Will Israeli society and institutions respect and fairly treat all denominations, regardless of level of 
observance? 
  • Will gender equality be the norm – where men and women can pray and live as equals?
  • Will we see lasting peace with security and stability for the land and people of Israel?

   These are serious questions that not only affect our relationship with Israel, but which will shape the soul of the country in the years to come. Vassar Temple is committed to not only supporting our brothers and sisters in Israel but to also help shape its future. Together, we have an opportunity to advocate for an Israeli society that represents our values and clearly puts forth our vision for Israel – a vision in which the ideals of pluralism, equality and peace are accepted. TO BE SUCCESFUL, WE NEED YOUR HELP and YOUR PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT!!

   Next year, in October of 2015, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) will convene in Jerusalem. This “Parliament of the Jewish People” will debate and make decisions about critical issues that shape Israel and influence whether it will fulfill the dreams of its founders—a pluralistic and democratic Jewish State. In the upcoming election, you have the opportunity to vote for the ARZA slate, thereby assuring that ARZA’s delegates represent our values in the United States’ delegation to the WZC. The delegation from the United States is determined by an election conducted by the American Zionist Movement (AZM), which will take place from January 13, 2015 until April 30, 2015. All Jews over the age of 18 (as of June 30, 2015) can vote. One need not be a member of any other organization or Jewish institution in order to vote. These elections are the strongest way for US Reform Jews to promote and encourage the progressive ideals of social justice, equality and democracy in Israel and help build the kind of Jewish state we all know is possible - a Jewish state that holds true to the ideals of religious pluralism, the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel, women’s equality in all areas of life, democracy, and a solution to the ongoing conflict.

   The election is also important because the composition of the WZC has both financial and policy implications in Israel, as resources are allocated based on the number of seats a party holds and the policy positions of those parties.

   ARZA, representing Reform Judaism, is asking every American Jew who holds these values dear to stand with us. Here is what we hope you will do in the coming weeks:

  • Vote: Vote for ARZA-Representing Reform Judaism at www.reformjews4israel.org between January 13th and April 30th. Voting is easy and quick. Because the election itself is self-financing, the cost for voting is $10.00 for those over age 30 and $5.00 for those 30 and under.

  • Spread the word: Please encourage others to vote - family, friends and fellow congregants. If you are interested in helping our campaign activities, please contact Marge Groten (mgroten@optonline.net) or Bonnie Scheer (bonniescheer1@verizon.net ). The future of K’lal Yisrael is in our hands. Let us join with Reform and progressive Jews across the country and make sure that our voices are heard.

If you are interested in reading more about these issues, please visit: www.ReformJews4Israel.org or look for the link on the Temple’s website.

Cast a Vote for Reform Values in Israel

   As Jews, lovers of Israel and unconditional supporters of Israel’s right to exist, we are well aware of the many serious challenges confronting Israel today as well as the threats faced by the Jewish people everywhere. In addition to the existential questions confronting the state, as Reform Jews, we are also faced with serious questions concerning societal and institutional values.

Questions like:

                      Will Israeli society and institutions respect and fairly treat all denominations, regardless  

 of level of observance?

                       Will gender equality be the norm – where men and women can pray and live as equals?

                      Will we see lasting peace with security and stability for the land and people of Israel?

 

    These are serious questions that not only affect our relationship with Israel, but which will shape the soul of the country in the years to come. Vassar Temple is committed to not only supporting our brothers and sisters in Israel but to also help shape its future. Together, we have an opportunity to advocate for an Israeli society that represents our values and clearly puts forth our vision for Israel – a vision in which the ideals of pluralism, equality and peace are accepted. TO BE SUCCESFUL, WE NEED YOUR HELP and YOUR PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT!!

 

    Next year, in October of 2015, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) will convene in Jerusalem. This “Parliament of the Jewish People” will debate and make decisions about critical issues that shape Israel and influence whether it will fulfill the dreams of its founders—a pluralistic and democratic Jewish State. In the upcoming election, you have the opportunity to vote for the ARZA slate, thereby assuring that ARZA’s delegates represent our values in the United States’ delegation to the WZC. The delegation from the United States is determined by an election conducted by the American Zionist Movement (AZM), which will take place from January 13, 2015 until April 30, 2015. All Jews over the age of 18 (as of June 30, 2015) can vote. One need not be a member of any other organization or Jewish institution in order to vote. These elections are the strongest way for US Reform Jews to promote and encourage the progressive ideals of social justice, equality and democracy in Israel and help build the kind of Jewish state we all know is possible - a Jewish state that holds true to the ideals of religious pluralism, the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel, women’s equality in all areas of life, democracy, and a solution to the ongoing conflict.

    The election is also important because the composition of the WZC has both financial and policy implications in Israel, as resources are allocated based on the number of seats a party holds and the policy positions of those parties.

    ARZA, representing Reform Judaism, is asking every American Jew who holds these values dear to stand with us. Here is what we hope you will do in the coming weeks:

     Vote: Vote for ARZA-Representing Reform Judaism at www.reformjews4israel.org between January 13th and April 30th. Voting is easy and quick. Because the election itself is self-financing, the cost for voting is $10.00 for those over age 30 and $5.00 for those 30 and under.

     Spread the word: Please encourage others to vote - family, friends and fellow congregants. If you are interested in helping our campaign activities, please contact Marge Groten (mgroten@optonline.net ) or Bonnie Scheer(bonniescheer1@verizon.net ). The future of K’lal Yisrael is in our hands. Let us join with Reform and progressive Jews across the country and make sure that our voices are heard.

 

If you are interested in reading more about these issues, please visit: www.ReformJews4Israel.org or look for the link on the Temple’s website.