LimmudFest 2021 LimmudFest 2021
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Israel and Our Jewish Values: Where do they mesh? Where do they conflict?


Rabbi Debra Kassoff
Hebrew Union Congregation, Rabbi

Rabbi Debra Kassoff received her ordination in 2003 from Hebrew Union College. She is the rabbi of Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville, Mississippi, and serves as a development officer for the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation. She has devoted her rabbinate to finding holiness in everyday life, celebrating the beauty and wisdom of the Jewish tradition, and building compassionate communities that transcend barriers of race, class, and religion. Rabbi Kassoff lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband Alec, their two perfectly feisty daughters, three dear friends, and two cats.

Rabbi David Gerber
Gates of Prayer Synagogue, Senior Rabbi

David Gerber is the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, LA. He lives in Metairie with his wife, Lauren, and children, Paige and Tessa. Rabbi Gerber has a passion for combining his love of Torah with music, sports, and all things New Orleans. 

Rabbi Yossie Nemes grew up in Brooklyn and studied in Yeshivot in South Africa and Los Angeles.  Yossie, with his wife Chanie, are happy residents of NOLA for three decades and are the proud parents of 8 children.

Lynne Wasserman
Avodah, Board Chair

Lynne Wasserman is an attorney and long-time community leader. She previously served as President of Congregation Gates of Prayer and as co-chair of the annual campaign for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. She currently serves as the Board Chair of Avodah, a national organization which is building a new generation of Jewish leaders to work on our country’s most pressing social and economic issues. She and her husband Dr. Mike Wasserman have two children and six grandchildren. 



Join our panel of rabbis who lean left, right, and center for an honest discussion on the current state of affairs in Israel relating to the situation vis a vis the Palestinians and all aspects of Jewish life. Moderated by Lynne Wasserman, we will cover not only what we love about Israel, but also what bothers us and why. Bring your curiosity and your questions.