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Opportunities for Edinburgh locals

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We have lots of opportunities for locals to join in with during the Azara summer programme! From morning Talmud to evening lectures, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re dipping a toe into Jewish learning or you want to go all-in. Community Beit Midrash Thursday 29th June, Wednesday 5th July, Thursday 13th July, Thursday 20th July7 – 9 p.m., Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, bagels provided and no need to book ahead. Experience the buzz of the Beit Midrash (study hall). Come and learn collaboratively with Azara… Read More »Opportunities for Edinburgh locals

Azara Community Beit Midrash

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Chag Sameach! In honour of Shavuot, we are delighted to announce the Azara Community Beit Midrash! During our full time program this summer in Edinburgh, we will be bringing the learning out of the Beit Midrash and into the community. We will be putting on a variety of learning opportunities with our teachers and learners in the evenings including keynote speakers, haburah-style study groups and open Beit Midrash sessions. These opportunities will be free (donations encouraged!) and available to all… Read More »Azara Community Beit Midrash

We Are Hiring!

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Azara is hiring a part-time Operations and Finance Manager to help run our first Summer Programme! The job specification can be read and downloaded below. Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter to the deadline of Monday 20th March.

Taster session: Did Ezekiel See God?

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This session was recorded on the 11th of January 2023 as part of our winter taster sessions in the run up to our first Summer Programme. Read the first chapter of Ezekiel together with Rabba Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, and see how the classical commentators interpret his vision. You can find the sourcesheet here: About Rabba Lindsey Taylor Guthartz: Rabba Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz received her doctorate from University College London. She has just finished two years as a Research Fellow at… Read More »Taster session: Did Ezekiel See God?

Young person wearing a kippah outdoors at an Azara Open Talmud Day, looking at laptop that has Talmud-learning stickers on the back.

Thanks to you, we did it

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Last month, we asked you to donate to our Azara crowdfunding campaign. We’ve been blown away by the response: 161 of you gave whatever you could, from £5 to £2,000. We raised £11,670 – more than meeting our £10,000 goal. Thanks to you, we can announce that this summer, participants will contribute through a ‘pay what you can’ model. While we are dependent on participants’ contributions, we’re letting people decide for themselves what they are able to pay. Nobody will… Read More »Thanks to you, we did it

Azara Chanukah Crowdfunder

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We are running a Chanukah crowdfunder! The Azara summer programme will be the first ever coed yeshiva programme in Europe’s 2,000 year Jewish history. For one month, participants of all backgrounds will come together to immerse in Jewish texts and form a community of learners. We’ve already received a significant number of applications—now we just need the financial resources to make it happen. This is an investment in our community. The learning wont stop at the end of the summer—we… Read More »Azara Chanukah Crowdfunder

Summer learning at Open Talmud Project

Azara in the JC

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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… Read More »Azara in the JC

Scotsman showcases Azara’s Edinburgh yeshiva plans

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The Scotsman today featured Azara’s launch, and our plans to run a yeshiva summer programme in Scotland. “Jewish learning is to return to Scotland following the first ever cross-communal Jewish group launch from Azara, a new hub for education in the UK. Being the first ever organisation to offer deep inclusive Jewish text learning in Scotland, Azara will begin with a month-long summer programme in Edinburgh next year. The group aims to work…” Read the full article here.