Open Talmud Weekend

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Azara is delighted to announce an Open Talmud Weekend, this summer – in person and online! Drop in for one session or join us for all three days of high-quality, inclusive and joyous learning.
28 – 30 August, Hampstead Heath/Hackney Moishe House

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Azara is delighted to announce an Open Talmud Weekend, this summer – in person! If you’ve been to Open Talmud Project before, you’ll know what to expect: three days of high-quality, inclusive and joyous learning. If you’ve not, then it’s a great time to start! Drop in for one session and try things out, or sign up for the whole weekend.

UPDATE: We are also delighted to offer our afternoon classes on both Sunday and Monday to online participants as our first hybrid event!

Sunday 29 – Monday 30 August Hackney Moishe House

Opening Afternoon Shabbat 28 August, Hampstead Heath

The theme this year will be “How do we (re)build a Beit Midrash?”.

Our full lineup of teachers and sessions is available below, you are welcome to join us for as many sessions as you’d like.

Everyone is welcome, of all genders and backgrounds, whether you’re an alef-bet learner or an experienced yeshivanik. Book now to secure your place. More event details to follow soon – please contact us with any questions.

COVID Policy: We will aim to hold in-person programming outside to whatever extent possible. We are also collecting people’s details for Track and Trace and of course urge anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or who has been asked to isolate not to come. We will not be asking everyone to wear a face covering mask although of course those who prefer to do so are welcome to.

A schedule for Azara's Open Talmud Weekend: Saturday 28th 4pm (Re)Building the Beit Midrash Opening Talk and Social Join us Shabbat afternoon on the Hampstead Heath extension, where Leah Jordan, co-founder of Azara, will open our weekend of learning with some words of Torah and schmoozing. All are welcome! We will be meeting near Heath Gate at 4pm. Sunday 29th and Monday 30th 9:30am Both open with Talmud Intensive, a choice between: Benji Stanley - Building on shaky foundations - is the bet midrash bettered by ambiguity and disagreement Roni Tabick - (Re)Building after Disaster - How Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai reshaped the High Holy Days Margaret Jacobi - (Re)Building the Beit Midrash - Who is included and who is left out? 12:30 Lunch Break Kosher, vegan lunch with gluten-free option Sunday 29th 1:30pm - your choice between the following sessions: Isabel Bard - Hefkerut: What do we need to embody Torah Deborah Kahn-Harris: A polyamorous reading of Ruth 3pm Afternoon Break with Mincha 3:30pm - your choice between the following sessions: Lindsey Taylor Guthartz Mishnah to go Leah Jordan What is Torah, a rolled-up scroll or an entire sea? -the death of Rabbi Eliezer 5pm End of Sessions Monday 30th 1:30pm - your choice between the following sessions: Michael Pollak - Whose Talmud is it anyway? Rachel Montagu - David, Solomon, and the building of the Temple 3pm Afternoon Break with Mincha 3:30pm - your choice between the following sessions: Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz - Unity and Division in the Tower of Babel Yael Roberts The King is in the Field: Accessing the Divine in All Places 5pm Feedback & Debrief This session will last approximately 45 minutes and will be an opportunity for participants to provide feedback to the Azara team

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Shabbat Afternoon, Sunday, Monday, Entire Weekend, Online