There have been not one, but two pieces in the Jewish Chronicle about our launch!
“The UK’s first cross-communal yeshivah has been launched in London to extend the reach of advanced Jewish study.
Azara, which takes its name from the Temple courtyard where Jews would gather in ancient times, hopes to open text learning to all, regardless of denomination, background or gender.
As well as running classes through the year, it is planning an intensive month-long residential programme in Edinburgh next year.”
The JC also featured a comment piece by our co-founder Jessica Spencer, arguing the need for learning and why this moment is right for founding a British yeshiva:
“Learning is essential for a healthy community. It empowers people to own their Judaism, to not be reliant on second-hand Torah from others. Learning draws in those at the margins of our community and fosters future leaders. There’s more to Judaism than gefilte fish and mumbling strange words in shul — there’s a world of complex and poignant thought.”