(Editor’s note: This event has been postponed until 2021.)
Limmudfest New Orleans 2020 has opened its early bird registration. Held biannually, the weekend series of events celebrates its fifth series of events on March 20-22, 2020 with emphasis on the arts, Jewish culture, learning and spirituality.
This “big tent of Jewish learning” is offered to all members of the Jewish community, encompassing the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities and is the product of planning by a committed group of local Jewish community volunteers. It began in England in 1980 founded by four Jewish educators.
Limmud New Orleans was organized first here in 2010, one of the smallest cities to host a Limmud event. Festival organizers touted the close-knit nature of the New Orleans Jewish community, especially following the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
The weekend will feature over 80 different sessions with kosher food options being available following a Shabbaton at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 W. Esplanade Avenue South in Metairie. This includes a Friday night, March 20 Shabbat worship service and dinner. This will be followed by several worship options and afternoon sessions on Shabbat (Saturday, March 21) at Gates of Prayer. A series of all-day sessions including lunch will be held at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue, on Sunday, March 22. All meals being served are strictly kosher including snacks being served on Sunday.
All meals and snacks are included in the registration fee. There are ticket options for adults, children and a “mensch,” which covers the true cost of the events plus allows for support for others who don’t have funds to attend.