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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 their 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.

ARZA/Vote Reform and Reconstructionist Movement Wins the World Zionist Congress Election!

Because of all of your efforts, we were able to garner 31,500 votes, an increase of nearly 50% from the 2015 election. We are in the position to lead a powerful progressive block, and we will continue to work in the name of our Reform values: pluralism, equality, and freedom.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our slate and showed support for our campaign. We could not have done this without your help. Here’s to continuing the momentum!

 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:

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