Applications for the 2018 Ben Azzai Programme are now open.
Tzedek is 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 generation of outward-facing Jews. The Ben Azzai programme provides the opportunity to learn about the challenges of extreme poverty and how to combat it, all within an orthodox framework. This learning experience takes high achieving university students on an immersive international trip to areas in the developing world, including parts of India and Ghana, to meet with individuals and organisations and to discover the importance of simple but essential initiatives in developing communities.
Ben Azzai participants are given the opportunity not only to see the work that organisations, such as Tzedek and our partners, do abroad but also to realise that so much can be done in the UK. The trip aims to create a 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 social responsibility and Jewish obligation.