Aufah Eshkonah

This is the educational project of Degel Yehudah, being held annually since 2014.

It is formed by an annual cycle of diverse workshops in order to study the prayer traditions of the Sephardic and the Eastern Jewry. Torah reading, haftarah reading, piyutim (liturgic poems) and much more.

The study programme is led by the khazanit and paytanit Osnat Bensoussan.

Modality of Study

Traditionally it has been done face-to-face, in small groups in Jerusalem. Once the cycle of study starts, the sessions are held once a week for 1,5 hours.

Since the CoVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the lockdowns forced our community and students to get on board the distance learning over the internet. This fact also allowed Degel Yehudah to reach international participants interested in the Sephardic tradition.

 

Nowadays, both modalities are offered to learn, according to the objective and the of each workshop.

Objectives

Transmit the legacy of the rich and beautiful prayer traditions of the Sephardic and the Eastern Jewry, so it can pass to the contemporary generation and keep it for the future ones.

Registration

 

All activities require a free anticipated registration in order to participate. This registration allows our facilitators and team to know if the workshop has the necessary quorum to be opened.

Learning Structure

The workshops are taught in different ways according to the subject, the group level and needs; as well as the specific requests of a community (if they are tailor-made).

Cost

 

Traditionally, all our activities are free of charge. Donations are welcome to cover the expenses of workshop preparation and materials.

 

Some workshops could have a symbolic cost.

Language of Tuition

Hebrew in Israel, English in international workshops. In our programme, we have also had the opportunity to lead a workshop in Spanish with a translator. Therefore, that is a possibility for tailor-made workshops.

Certification
 

As Torah Lishmah, study for its own sake and for the right reasons, is essential in Jewish thought; also for Aufah Eshkona activities --offered through the voluntary work of our facilitators-- no documents are issued after the workshop. For activities co-organised with other institutions, and implying a fee, a certificate of participation can be obtained if 100% of the workshop was attended.

Facilitators

 

The workshop developers and lecturers are all qualified and experts in their fields, coming from institutions and communities in Israel and from the diaspora (specially for online workshops).

Scholarships, discounts and financial support

 

Depending on the kind and length of an educational activity --workshop or course-- Degel Yehudah or sponsoring institutions could offer benefits for the participants. That will be informed on each programme.

Areas of Study

  • Shabat

  • Festivals and festivities:

    • Rosh haShanah

    • Yamim Noraim, Selikhot

    • Yom Kipur

    • Sukot

    • Simkhat Torah

    • Pesakh

    • Shavuot

    • Khanukah

  • Brit Mila / Zeved haBat

  • Bnei Mitzvah

  • Wedding

  • Death and Mourning

Enquiries

Thanks for contacting us!

Previous Cycles of Study

5780 2019-2020

  • Shir Hashirim:

    • Moroccan cantillation with colour-coded text

  • Kabalat Shabat:

    • Psalms: Moroccan cantillation with colour-coded text

    • Lecha Dodi

      • Etz Harimon

      • LeDavid Shir Umizmor

      • Shaar Petach Dody

5779 2018-2019

  • Arvit Shel Shabbat:

    • Kriat Shema: Moroccan cantillation with colour-coded text

    • Kadish

      • Aleichem Ishim Ekra

      • Shulamit Beshir

    • Rau Banim

      • Elohim Diber BeKodsho

  • Arvit shel Khol

    • Morocan Nusakh

    • Kidhush

    • Hashkivenu

  • Arvit - Hazarah

    • Moroccan Nusakh

    • Yigdal Elohim Hai

      • Various melodies

5778 2017-2018

  • Shacharit Shel Shabat

    • Haftarah: Moroccan cantillation

    • Hodu L'Adonai: Nusakh

    • Hoshi'enu: Nusach

    • Adonai Melekh: Hish Yachish

    • Lamnatzeakh Mizmor LeDavid: Moroccan Cantillation

    • Barukh SheAmar: Moroccan Nusach

    • Mizmor Shir leYom HaShabat: Moroccan Nusakh

    • Shirat haYam:

      • Kudam Ushak

      • Nuba Rasd: Sofrim Kara, Yakum Ish Yemini, Shaal Melech

    • ​​Yehi Khevod Adonai: Nusakh

    • Halleluya, Hallelu El Bekodesho: Shaar Petakh Dodi

    • Ygdal: Kseida-Asaper Hasdei El

    • Nishmat Kol KHai: Classic Moroccan Nusach

    • Shavat Anyim: Amar Adonai leYaakov

Testimonials from Previous Participants

Participant A, New York

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Participant B, Montreal

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Participant C, Paris

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The current cycle of studies 5781/2021 is generously supported by

Our facilitators:

 

Drori Yehoshuah

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Kurdish Tradition

Ariel Carciente

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Moroccan and Algerian Traditions
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Moroccan Tradition

Osnat Bensoussan

דגל יהודה | קהילה ספרדית שוויונית, נוהגת על פי מסורות הספרדים ויוצאי ארצות האסלם, ברוח של מתינות עם נאמנות למסורת ישראל | משנת התש״ס 2000