Helpful Information for Limmudfest 2016!

We’re so excited that you have decided to learn, connect, and celebrate with us at Limmudfest 2016! Here is some helpful information to help guide you through the weekend.


If you have signed up for the full 3-day weekend, registration is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at Congregation Gates of Prayer.

If you have registered for the Saturday night/Sunday option, registration begins on Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m., immediately after Havdallah services, at Gates of Prayer. Saturday night features an amazing performance by a rising star: spoken word artist Andrew Lustig. Alternatively, you can catch the film ABOVE AND BEYOND: The Untold True Story.

On Sunday, March 20 all sessions will be held at the Lavin Bernick Center (LBC) at Tulane. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and sessions start promptly at 9 a.m.


Park in one of these places:

  • Main Gates of Prayer lot on Richland
  • Auxiliary Gates of Prayer lot on W. Esplanade
  • Beth Israel lot on W. Esplanade
  • St. Clement of Rome Church on W. Esplanade
  • Side streets around Gates of Prayer


  1. From I-10 East towards New Orleans, take exit 232 toward Airline Dr/Tulane Ave/Carrollton Avenue/LA-61.
  2. From S. Carrollton Avenue, turn left onto Fontainebleau Drive.
  3. From Fontainebleau Drive, turn right onto Broadway Street.
  4. From Broadway Street, turn left onto Willow Street.
  5. From Willow Street, you can access Ben Weiner Drive for the parking garage, or you can park in the street parking available on Audubon Boulevard and Newcomb Place.


Please consult this map. We suggest parking in one of these places:

  • Diboll Parking Garage on Ben Weiner Dr.
  • Street parking on Newcomb Place
  • Street parking on Broadway
  • Street parking on Audubon Blvd.


We have more than 90 sessions by more than 80 presenters coming up this weekend. For a preview of the schedule, click here. WARNING! We do NOT run on Jewish time; all sessions start on schedule.


There is a lot of helpful information throughout the website, including the Frequently Asked Questions page. Once you get to Limmud, there will be lots of volunteers on hand to direct you and answer any questions you still might have.

Southern Hospitality, Limmud-Style!

LimmudFest’s welcoming atmosphere extends past the doors of Gates of Prayer and Tulane by offering home hospitality for all who want it. We strive to receive all of our participants with particularly warm, sweet, and welcoming goodwill for the entire weekend. New Orleans Hospitality is renowned, and we have put together multiple options for out-of-town guests of LimmudFest 2016.

If you are Shomer Shabbat and want to be placed in a host house near our Shabbat venue, Congregation Gates of Prayer, we have hosts ready to welcome you. Even if you are not Shomer but would prefer to stay with a local family to save money or just to meet some new friends, Home hospitality is a excellent and convenient way to do both. And for you local New Orleanians, we have heard time and again from past attendees: one of the most satisfying ways you can participate in LimmudFest is to offer home hospitality.

If you prefer a hotel, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott in Metairie, a 1.5 mile walk from Gates of Prayer, our Shabbat venue. No matter what accommodations you choose, we can’t wait for you to experience what Limmud New Orleans has to offer!

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. For more information, please visit the Hospitality page.