Programming

LimmudFest New Orleans brings Jews from all corners of the region together for a unique shared educational experience. Local, national, and international presenters will be sharing their passions on topics ranging from LGBT rights to food to genetics. Choose your own path in an “un-conference” style learning environment

Over 90 sessions across ten tracks

  • Arts & Culture
  • Contemporary Jewish Life and Identity
  • Family
  • History
  • Israel
  • Social Justice
  • Southern Jewish Life
  • Spirituality
  • Text & Thought
  • Food

Everyone can be a teacher!

At LimmudFest New Orleans, everyone is a learner and can be a teacher.

You, yes you, can be one of our presenters! Are you an aficionado on some topic of Jewish interest? Are you passionate about an area of Jewish life and interested in sharing that passion?

Then you can lead a session at LimmudFest.  If there is a topic that you would like to lead a workshop, lecture, or discussion on, we would love to hear your ideas! We cannot guarantee that every idea will be accepted, but we can guarantee that we will give every idea serious consideration.

Email your ideas to the programming chairs, Gail Chalew, Cathy Glaser, and Jackie Stern at programming@limmudnola.org.

But that’s not all!

  • A line-up of quality children’s programming allows parents can go learn in their own sessions, confident that their children will also be experiencing the magic of Limmud.
  • Multi-denominational Shabbat services will be held for children on Shabbat morning, and babysitting will be available throughout the weekend.
  • All food at LimmudFest will be kosher under strict rabbinical supervision, and all meals and snacks are included in the registration fee.

Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey. 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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