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The Tensions of Life for Israel's Arab Population

Arab citizens of Israel have a conflicted identity.  On one hand, they identify with the Arab majority of the Middle East and their own minority status in Israel.  On the other, most are serious about realizing their personal ambitions as citizens of Israel.


These are all part of the landscape:

  1. Israeli Arabs rioted to protest inequality and discrimination.
  2. The level of crime and the murder rate in the Arab sector is at an all-time high.
  3. When 7 Palestinian prisoners escaped from prison, they were refused refuge in Israel's Arab community, and were soon recaptured.
  4. For the first time, the governing coalition includes an Arab Islamist party whose mission is to help Israeli Arabs and whose leader recognizes the Jewish origins of the state.
  5. Israeli Arabs continue to play an increasing role in the health care sector, where they are fully integrated. (Plus see the report Heroes of Health from the Israel Religious Action Centre.)
  6. There are a large number of coexistence projects, that create dialogue and interaction between Israel's Jews and Arabs.

There is a general trend of Israel's Arabs identifying first as Israelis, but it goes in parallel with attaining equal status for state support and acceptance as equals in society.


Jewish and Arab teens learn together at the Israel Circus School


Upcoming Events

Don't miss these exceptional presentations!

Israel Dialogues - Part 2

Starting Friday, January 14


The Israel Dialogues provides an opportunity to engage fundamental issues facing the country, its people, and the Jewish diaspora. Join experts from various backgrounds from around the world to discuss a range of topics focusing on the regional and international contexts and principal factors which affect Israel’s place in global affairs.

Presented by Holy Blossom Israel Engagement Committee. With help from our Promotional Sponsors: The Reform Jewish Community of Canada (RJCC), ARZA Canada, ARZA, the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF), and The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University.

For more information and registration, click here.


Documentary Film: There Are No Lions In Tel Aviv

Saturday, January 15 - 7 pm ET


Sponsored by City Shul, Toronto

Our Winter Film Series Presents The Documentary: There Are No Lions In Tel Aviv. The irreverent and charming tale of the Israeli Doctor Doolittle’, Rabbi Mordechai Shorenstein, who immigrated from Denmark in 1935 to the very young city of Tel Aviv. Arriving with two full birdcages and a crazy vision, he set up a small pet store, which grew into the Tel Aviv Zoo, the city’s greatest attraction. We experience the story of a city raised from sand to become an international, cultural and financial hub a century later, and the price paid for this rapid growth.

We start with Havdallah, watch the film individually, and return for a Post-film discussion led by Baruch Sienna. 

Members $10, non-members $15, register here.


From Two Sides of the Lens - a Canada-Israel joint event

Sunday, January 16 - 1 pm ET, 11 am MT


For more information click here.  To register, click here


Tu B'Shvat Celebration with IMPJ  - Community Garden

Monday, January 17 - 1 pm ET


Please join the Israel Reform Movement, ARZENU, the Union for Reform Judaism, ARZA and our other partners – the WUPJ, KKL, and the Jewish Agency – for an interactive event that connect us in celebration.

To register, click here.


Let's Talk About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sundays at 10:30 am ET • Jan 30, Feb 7, Feb 13 & Feb 27


If you are having trouble finding the right ways to talk to your kids or grandchildren about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you are not alone. Or perhaps you have your own questions that you haven't been able to answer. ARZA Canada and Temple Emanu-El will present a four-part dive into the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a focus on better conversations across the generations.

We will learn with Josh Scharff, live from Israel. Josh is an American-Israeli Jewish educator who is currently pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. Simultaneously, he is completing his Master's degree in Jewish History at The Hebrew University. Josh has a Bachelor's degree in history from Yale University.

Bring your questions and an open mind and join us!

All are welcome. Registration required. Click HERE to register.



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