FAQ

What is LimmudFest?

Limmud is a weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality.

When and where is LimmudFest New Orleans 2016?

The fourth biannual LimmudFest New Orleans will be held March 18-20, 2016. It includes a Shabbaton at Congregation Gates of Prayer on Friday and Saturday, and learning at the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane University’s Campus on Sunday.

What are the hours of LimmudFest New Orleans 2016?

LimmudFest 2016 begins with registration at 4:30 pm on Friday, March 18 (at Gates of Prayer) and ends on Sunday around 6pm at the LBC (Tulane’s campus).

Who should come to LimmudFest?

Everyone! LimmudFest offers programming for people of all ages and levels of experience with Jewish learning— whether you are a native New Orleanian, a newcomer, or from outside the area. Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, LimmudFest can take you one step further. This year we are providing an especially rich Young Limmud program for children from ages 4–12, with babysitting provided for the little ones from ages 1 to 3 years.

How much does it cost to attend LimmudFest New Orleans 2016?

You have the choice of attending all three days or of coming after Havdalah on Saturday evening, enjoying the cultural programming that night, and then attending all day Sunday. For both options, the fee covers all kosher meals and snacks, and you can attend as many sessions as you like. The prices for both options will increase after March 4 so register early. We want everyone to attend; contact us at info@limmudnola.org if the registration fee causes a hardship.

Here are the 2016 early bird registration fees:
        For all three days: $75 (over 30)
$40 (18-30)
$15 (children)
        For Saturday night and all day Sunday: $50 (over 30)
$25 (18-30)
$10 (children)
After January 31, the prices will increase:
        For all three days: $90 (over 30)
$50 (18-30)
$20 (children)
        For Saturday night and all day Sunday: $65 (over 30)
$35 (18-30)
$15 (children)

How do I register?

Registration is now open!

What is the LimmudFest experience?

Come spend a weekend in a Jewish world with several hundred fellow Jews interested in expanding their Jewish horizons. You will have meals with people from all streams of Jewish life, have the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat by doing yoga and Torah, learn more about everything from Israeli cooking to King David, take part in designing a Limmud mural, be entertained by visiting comedians and artists, gain new insights into the Jewish past and present in Louisiana…see old friends and make new ones–that’s the Limmud experience!

LimmudFest is all about choice. During the weekend, there will be more than 80 sessions, providing you the broadest variety of opportunities to learn and explore Jewish culture, arts, practice, text, beliefs, and philosophy from traditional to progressive and everything in between. There will be multiple sessions (at some times as many as nine) going on simultaneously in these tracks: Southern Jewish Life, Israel, Text & Thought, History, Art & Culture, Social Justice, Family, Contemporary Jewish Life, Spirituality, and our newest track, Food.

You do not sign up for sessions ahead of time, but just decide what to attend based on your interests and feedback from fellow Limmudniks. LimmudFest is a time to explore, so we encourage you to go outside your comfort zone and sample a bit of everything.

What types of programming will be available for children?

LimmudFest will offer babysitting for young children (ages 1 to 3) and special Young Limmud programming for kids ages 4-12. Designed to complement the adult sessions, programming for the younger set will allow children to experience a unique Limmud environment—sometimes in joint parent-child sessions and sometimes in sessions designed just for children.  There will be music, art activities and storytelling.

What about food?

All food at Limmudfest will be kosher, and all meals and snacks are included in the registration fee. For questions concerning kashrut on Friday and Saturday, contact Rabbi Gabe Greenberg at rabbigabe@bethisraelnola.com and for questions concerning kashrut for Sunday, contact Rabbi Yonah Schiller at yonah@tulane.edu.

I don’t live in New Orleans. Where should I stay?

We are also committed to providing home hospitality for those who are Shomer Shabbat and for out-of-towners. Go to the hospitality page and fill out an application.

How do I donate to LimmudFest?

Our registration fees represent only a fraction of the actual cost per person. Please consider a donation if you are able.  Either donate on the website or make a check payable to LimmudFest New Orleans and mail to Co-chair Lynne Wasserman, 335 Orion Ave., Metairie, 70005).

Still have questions? Drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help.