Limmud finishes three-day run at GOP, Tulane

Limmud Festival New Orleans organizers planned very well and the results showed that more than 400 participants had enjoyed three days of prayer, meditation and study  under its so-called “big tent” of Jewish learning.


Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin, center, speaks about her Jewish identity in a panel with Marian Moore, left, and Cheryl Timmins on racial diversity in American Jewish communities titled “You Don’t Look Jewish.” (Photo by Alan Smason)

Friday night and Saturday morning, the Limmud team facilitated prayer services for Reform, Conservative and Orthodox worship  at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, while all of Sunday’s activities occurred at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University campus.

This was the fourth Limmud presentation held in New Orleans, which was the smallest city chosen to participate when it began in 2010. Organizers have held successive events in 2012 and 2014, when it was expanded to include worship services over Friday night and Saturday morning.

Participants who wanted to walk to Gates of Prayer in accordance with their observance of Shabbat were housed by volunteers in Metairie, and coordinated through Limmud organizers.

All told, 90 presentations divided among 12 different tracts were held over the two day periods from topics such as history, Israel, social justice, family, food and contemporary Jewish life.

Chef Andy Adelman headed up the responsibility of providing a meat meal on Friday night and a dairy meal for Saturday. Meals were catered by Hillel’s Kitchen on Sunday and snacks were provided throughout the two afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

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