LimmudFest 2018 Helpful Information

We’re so excited that you have decided to learn, connect, and celebrate with us at LimmudFest 2018! Below is some helpful information for Limmud participants: 



If you have signed up for the full 3-day weekend, registration is between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., on this Friday, March 16, at Congregation Gates of Prayer.  If you have registered for the Sunday Only option, registration begins at 8:30 am., at New Orleans JCC Uptown on Sunday, March 18.

At check-in you will receive a folder containing a Program Book listing all the sessions and presenter bios, a name badge, a notepad, and a pen.  You will need to wear the badge at all times for security purposes and to bring back the Program Book each day. If you misplace your book, replacement books will cost $5.00.

All sessions on Friday and Saturday through the Seudah Shlishit (third meal) will be held at Gates of Prayer. Sessions beginning with Havdalah Saturday night and all day Sunday will be held at the Uptown JCC. On Sunday, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and sessions begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Everyone is invited to the Saturday Night community Havdalah service followed by an amazing performance by Distant Cousins. Alternatively, you can catch the acclaimed film Shalom, Y’all.  And everyone is invited to end the evening with an experience like none other – The Rebbetzin Disco dance party!



You may park in the main Gates of Prayer lot, the entrance for which is on Richland Street. You can also park in the Beth Israel lot and the small Gates of Prayer auxiliary lot, the entrances for which are on West Esplanade. You can also park on side streets or in the parking lot of St. Clement of Rome, which is next door to Gates of Prayer. There are several handicapped parking spots at Gates of Prayer and Beth Israel.



On Saturday night and Sunday, parking is available on Leontine Street, Jefferson Avenue, and all surrounding side streets, as well as in the De La Salle parking lot. It is recommended that you enter the building through the front main entrance on St. Charles Avenue.



We have more than 100 sessions by more than 90 sensational presenters coming up this weekend. For a web-friendly preview of the schedule, click here. For a phone-friendly preview of the schedule, click here. WARNING! This is a Jewish event, but we do not run on Jewish time! Everything at Limmud begins on time.



One of the core values of LimmudFest is volunteerism.  The weekend is organized and run by volunteers. Even the presenters are volunteering their time.  PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING FOR ONE OR MORE TIME SLOTS. There are a variety of options available.  Just go to the Help/Volunteer Desk to check the available volunteer positions and to see how you can make a difference!



The meals and snacks for the entire weekend are included in your registration fee. All the food is kosher under Orthodox rabbinical supervision; please do not bring in food to LimmudFest.

Shabbat dinner, lunch, and seudah shlishit are catered by Casablanca Restaurant; Sunday’s lunch is provided by Kosher Cajun Deli and Grocery.



There is a lot of information on our website, And if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at We’re kinda busy this week, but we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  And once you get to LimmudFest, there will be volunteers to direct you and answer any questions you still have.