LimmudFest 2021 LimmudFest 2021
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Opening Ceremonies

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Panorama Duo
Panorama Jazz Band

 Mark Rubin and Ben Schenck both play with the Panorama Jazz Band, New Orleans' go-to for traditional Yiddish music. Together they have played many many Jewish weddings, b'nai mitzvot, Mardi Gras parades, parties and festivals. After hurricane Katrina, when Ben and his very pregnant wife were sleeping on a floor in Baton Rouge, it was Mark who organized support from his Austin, TX synagogue and texted Ben, "just come, we have everything you need."  Their son was born there.

Venmo: @Panoramaland
PayPal: [email protected]

BandCamp: Good Music For You
Instagram: @PanoramaLandNOLA
Spotify: Panorama Jazz Band
Facebook: @PanoramaLandNOLA
YouTube: Panorama Jazz / Brass Band
Twitter: @PanoramaJazzBd

Benny Amón & Steve Pistorius
New Orleans Jazz & Ragtime

Benny Amón is a former Avodah: Jewish Service Corps member, and active jazz drummer in New Orleans. In 2019, Benny was nominated in the Emerging Artist, and Traditional Jazz Record categories for OffBeat Magazines’ Best of the Beat Awards. Steve Pistorius is one of the most respected early jazz and ragtime pianists alive today. A New Orleans native, Steve was inducted as a Master Practitioner into the Preservation Hall Foundation Legacy Program in 2020. As a duo, they perform ragtime classics and forgotten gems, bringing the music and culture of New Orleans to life for a global audience.

Venmo @Benjamin-Amon

Benny Amon's New Orleans Pearls | Benny Amon (

Andriu Yanovski is an internationally touring piano/keyboard player based in the New Orleans area. Yanovski is a full time member of the bands Cha Wa and Boogie and has been seen playing with The Revivalists, Maggie Koerner, Big Chief “Monk” Boudreaux, Tony Hall, and more. He is featured on over 100 recordings including those with Cha Wa, Boogie, David Shaw, GRiZ, Boogie T, Samantha Fish, and more. In his spare time, Andriu enjoys playing chess, racquetball, and playing with his two cats. 

Venmo: @ayanovski
PayPal: @[email protected]

Joshua Starkman, also known as “The Have a Great Day” guy, will bring a smile to your face and sweet music to your ears. Joshua has lived in New Orleans for the past decade and began making videos with many of his talented friends only a few years ago. He enjoys making people smile, playing guitar, and watering his plants. Guaranteed to make you have a great day or your money back. Have a Great Day, we love you!

Money Apps
Venmo: @joshuastarkman
CashApp: $JoshStarkman

Social Media Handles
Instagram: @joshuastarkman
Facebook: Joshua Starkman 
TikTok: @joshuastarkman 
Twitter: @joshua_starkman
Leslie Goldberg
Limmud NOLA, Chairperson, LimmudFest

Leslie Goldberg has lived and worked in New Orleans for the past 9 years. A lover of learning, she has been a professional educator for over a decade, teaching music and arts integration in public schools. As a musician, she has performed with NOVA Chorale, the Browncoats Brass Band, and the Joshua Benitez Band, among others. She was recently accepted into the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and will be starting in their Cantorial Ordination program this summer. 

Lonnie Zarum Schaffer
Limmud NOLA, Board President

Born and raised in London by a Yemenite father and Welsh mother, Lonnie earned a BA (Honors) from Middlesex University and then studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She moved to the United States in 1993 and settled in New Orleans in 2002,  where she raised her four children, Ariane, Saul, Talia, and Renata who have citizenship in 3 countries. 

In 2007, after Katrina and as a single mother she founded ‘Strike it Green’, now  Lil’ Oak Productions,  which responsibly sources merchandise, props, and other items for companies, films, theatre, and events. In her community, she was elected the first female President of her traditionally orthodox synagogue, Anshe Sfard. 

In 2008, she was interviewed for the Jewish Women’s Archive - Jewish Women's Archive. "Lonnie Zarum Schaffer." <>. 

Lonnie serves on the Anti Defamation League (ADL) Board and the Board of the Jewish Community regional Council (JCRC). In 2010, Lonnie was appointed to  Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s  Taskforce on Sustainability in New Orleans and is also a founding member and performer of The Sirens, the NOLA dance Krewe which also performs for Mardi Gras parades. From 2011-2013 she participated in the Lemann- Stern Leadership program. Lonnie was the chair of the 1st Limmud in New Mexico, 2020,  during COVID and is also the current President of the Board of Limmud New Orleans. She shares a semi-nomadic life with her partner, Peter in the communities of New Orleans, Austin, and Santa Fe.

Transplants turned long-term New Orleans residents, Russell Ramirez (Trombone) and Ari Kohn (Saxophone/Flute) can be found making music around the city on any given day. They are individually part of various local bands of diverse genres and have worked together in the 11-piece group, “Doombalaya” as well. Visit either of their social media sites for more information, content, and links to music!

Russell's Instagram: @errdayimrussellin
Ari's Instagram: @jewliuspleaser

Venmo: @Ari-Kohn-1

LimmudFest 2021 will open with a bang, featuring special performances by New Orleans Jewish musicians and speeches from Limmud New Orleans' Board President and LimmudFest Chairpeople.

Get ready to get up and celebrate southern Jewish learning and community!