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Azara x JW3's weeknight Community Beit Midrash is for beginners and more experienced Torah learners alike.

You will learn traditional Jewish texts such as Talmud and Tanakh with a chevruta (study partner for Jewish text). The learning will be open, warm and in depth with a focus on skill-building and meaning-making. Experienced Azara volunteers and teachers will be on hand to guide you through. All you need is the Hebrew alphabet, and you're ready to learn!

Azara is creating a culture of Jewish learning in the UK. We want to open the complex world of Torah to everyone, and build the skills to unlock our texts and traditions. Azara was founded by Rabba Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, Rabbi Leah Jordan, and Student Rabbi Jessica Spencer, and was born from two grassroots cross-communal learning projects, Pop-Up Beit Midrash and Open Talmud Project.

‘Azara’ is the Hebrew word for courtyard. The Temple had an azara in which all the Jews could gather, regardless of gender or priestly status. We aim to be a space where Jews of all denominations, backgrounds, and genders can gather to learn and to make religious meaning.

Community Beit Midrash FAQs

What does the Azara Community Beit Midrash at JW3 look like?

Learning in chevruta (study partnerships), the option to join chaburas (little elective sessions taught by Azara teachers), and a room full of Talmud dictionaries and sefarim (traditional Jewish texts) to work through together, along with Azara volunteers and teachers to help you.

Looking for a chevruta (study partner)?

You're not alone. We can help pair you with a chevruta/study partner.

You're a beginner or don't know your Hebrew alphabet?

We'll have lots of lovely Azara volunteers and teachers on hand to guide you through how to start learning the Hebrew alphabet, open the dictionary and get started in the Talmud or Jewish text.

Will there be food?

There will be veggie snacks to nosh on throughout the learning evenings.

Please note

These classes will take place in the building only.

Age - 16+ Dates - -

Pay What You Can (£1, £2, £3, £5 or £10)

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