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News Highlights Hebrew College Student Is A Founder of Non-Denominational Yeshiva in Scotland

By Joshua Polanski
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Jessica Spencer, a fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, is a founder of Europe’s first co-educational yeshiva: Azara, which, for the coming summer, is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

According to the Times of Israel, “The opening of Azara signifies that a growing network of institutions committed to non-denominational Jewish study now has a foothold in a new continent. Yeshivas such as the egalitarian Hadar in New York City, or Pardes in Jerusalem, have sought to offer a traditional curriculum of all-day intellectual Jewish text study while maintaining a commitment to strict Jewish observance, mixed-gender learning and inclusion of LGBTQ Jews.”

Jessica Spencer, Hebrew College Rabbinical Student

We just thought there’s so much need in the UK for a bit more education, something that goes a little bit deeper, something that’s accessible, something that’s open to people.”

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