Opening the Beit Midrash

Azara is a new initiative creating Jewish text learning for everyone in the UK.

Azara co-founder Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz learning Talmud

Learn with Azara

Azara offers classes and intensives on Jewish texts, so that beginners and rabbis alike can gain new insights.

Our Story

Azara was formed from two grassroots groups, Open Talmud Project and Pop-Up Beit Midrash. We’re coming together from across the community because we think the Torah belongs to everyone.

Deep learning

Azara is committed to providing immersive opportunities to learn, starting with our month-long Summer Programme next year in Edinburgh.

“Every time I finish an Open Talmud Project day I think wistfully how much I’d like Talmud to be a regular part of my life, not just for a day here and there. I’d love to have a regular class and chevruta opportunity on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly schedule, so that I can build lasting skills.”

Open Talmud Project participant

Help us grow the Beit Midrash

Azara would be nothing without our friends, volunteers, and donors. If you want to make Torah learning possible in the UK, we need your help. Whether it’s a spare afternoon or a few pounds, we can’t do it without you. Regardless of your contribution, you’ll be welcome to learn with us, because we’re making the Beit Midrash open to everyone.

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