LimmudFest 2021 to Celebrate Southern Jewish Life

LimmudFest New Orleans is a weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality — all planned by volunteers. It 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.

LimmudFest this year will be held virtually on Sunday, March 14, with opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. CST and sessions running from 12 – 4:30 p.m. CST. 

We are turning the spotlight this year on the uniqueness of Jewish life, tradition, and expression in New Orleans, greater Louisiana, and throughout the Gulf South. 

Our slate of presenters this year spans from New Orleans favorites like George Dansker and Rabbi Deborah Silver, to national names like Hadar Cohen and Rabbi Avram Mlotek, as well as international presenters like Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum and Hagai Segal. Our sessions are being intentionally designed to break out of your computer screen and get you connected (safely) to our wonderful southern Jewish community through discussion, creation, and movement. Whether your passion is studying Jewish text, cooking Jewish food, experiencing and creating Jewish art, or considering Jewish ethics and responsibility you will find something here in this compacted, virtual LimmudFest.

In addition to the four hours of learning you will get on March 14, your ticket purchase gains you access to ALL 20+ hours of video recordings after the event.

Early Bird tickets are $18 until Feb. 14. General Admission tickets are $36. Access to a special session with Yaffa Epstein on Thursday, March 11 is available with the Limmud Boneh add-on. For anyone unable to pay the ticket price at this time, donation-based pricing is available at registration.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/limmudfest2021

Limmud’s mission and promise: Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey. 

Limmud New Orleans Mission: Limmud NOLA’s mission is to celebrate Jewish life and learning in all of its diversity and to strengthen the Jewish community of New Orleans by bringing together Jews of all backgrounds and ages for learning experiences guided by the values of learning, choice, diversity, and volunteerism.

Limmud NOLA’s community sponsors are the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, the New Orleans JCC, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Limmud North America, and Southern Jewish Life magazine.

Limmud’s mission is informed by the following values:

Learning

Learning embraces personal development, knowledge, and skills. Learning changes people, inspires action and opens new worlds. There are many inspirations that can offer opportunities for learning. Everyone can be a teacher and everyone should be a student. We encourage the creation of a learning environment in which people are able to reflect and grow.

Community and Mutual Responsibility

Limmud is a community of learning. We can achieve more together than we can individually. We both gain and should give something back to the Jewish and the wider community.

Enabling Connections

We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect. We recognize the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional, and intellectual connections are made.

Expanding Jewish Horizons

Limmud strives to create collective and communal experiences, through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity.

Participation

Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do. We are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create; everyone has an important contribution to make. We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do.

Diversity

We value diversity in all that we do. We value choice in form, content and style. We believe in the richness of our diverse community and create cross-communal and cross-generational experiences. We value accessibility, and aim to be accessible to all. We encourage people not to stereotype others.

Empowerment

We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution. We challenge people and trust them to rise to that challenge. We see the potential of individuals and communities and support their development. We empower people to make choices and provide the information to make informed choices. Power lies with the participant.

Commitment to Respect

Limmud expects all participants to be respectful of one another and to recognize that all volunteers are also participants. Personal attacks are not acceptable within session material. To ensure that informed choices can be made, we ask presenters to provide biographies.

Argument for the Sake of Heaven

Limmud does not participate in legitimizing or de-legitimizing any religious or political position found in the worldwide Jewish community. Limmud will program its events in such a way as to avoid religious or political conflict. However, we do recognize and appreciate that “arguments for the sake of heaven” can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding.

Religious Observance

Shabbat and kashrut are observed in all public areas. We recognize that in private areas people will behave as they wish. Should participants wish to hold a prayer group, they may do so providing they supply all resources and are responsible for the session or prayer group in its entirety.

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