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The Ben Azzai Programme

We are proud to be working with the Office of the Chief Rabbi on the Ben Azzai Programme, an annual initiative introduced by Chief Rabbi Mirvis. The programme encourages members of the UK’s Jewish community to “reach out, rather than reach in”, inspiring a new a generation of outward-facing emerging Jewish leaders.

The Ben Azzai Programme is a unique opportunity to learn about international development within an orthodox Jewish framework. This programme takes university students to our focus regions in Ghana or India to learn directly from our partners. In exploring sustainable initiatives to alleviate extreme poverty, this programme also addresses the challenges and misconceptions surrounding extreme poverty and community development.

The programme aims to create an expanding network of ambassadors who, upon their return to the UK, will share their experiences widely within Jewish communities, schools and on university campuses in order to spread the concept of Jewish global social responsibility.

It is important to note that this is not a volunteering programme, but an experiential educational opportunity. This programme also includes compulsory educational training and follow up days in the UK. This is to ensure that the programme champions ethical engagement with our partner communities and fairly represents our focus regions. To read more about these standards and our commitment to racial justice, click here.


The Ben Azzai Programme is an initiative supported by the Pears Foundation.