LimmudFest New Orleans Reconvenes March 20-22

Published Thursday, February 13, 2020
by Dana Keren

The last time LimmudFest assembled in New Orleans in 2018, nearly 400 people participated in the weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality. You’ll want to be in that number when the next LimmudFest takes place March 20-22, 2020. And, as a JCC member, you can receive $5 off a LimmudFest adult ticket purchase by using the code JPerk5 when you register.   

LimmudFest is part of a global movement inspired by the idea that when Jews from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate and learn about everything Jewish, the entire community is enriched.

Limmud is an international charity dedicated to making some of the world’s most dynamic Jewish educators, performers and teachers, working in a variety of educational styles – lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, film, meditation, discussions, exhibits and performance – accessible to everyone, no matter what their level of Jewish knowledge or commitment to Jewish life.

“Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey,” says Dana Keren, chair of LimmudFest 2020.

Being planned entirely by volunteers, LimmudFest’s celebration of community, culture and learning will include a Shabbaton at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, La., on Friday and Saturday, and more learning and cultural programs at the newly expanded New Orleans JCC in Uptown New Orleans on Sunday.

“We are working on a full list of thoughtful and passionate presenters who will be appearing at LimmudFest,” Keren says. Advisors who are providing mentorship are past LimmudFest chairs Gail Chalew and Aleeza Adelman, and rabbinical advisors from all the New Orleans area congregations.

Working alongside Keren are all-volunteer teams. Orchestrating programming are Cathy Glaser, Jacquelyn Stern and Toby David. Sandy Cohen and Peter Seltzer are spearheading the coordination of meals and snacks, which are included in the registration. Many other volunteers are contributing to planning the exciting weekend.

For more information about programming and to register for LimmudFest 2020, go to Remember to enter the code JPerk5 at checkout for $5 off registration.








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