LimmudFest 2021 LimmudFest 2021

Creative Arts

Saturday, March 13, 2021

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LimmudFest Havdalah
Rabbi Judy Ginsburgh
Rabbi Judy Ginsburgh
B'nai Israel, Rabbi
Rabbi Sydni Rubinstein
Rabbi Sydni Rubinstein
Agudath Achim, Rabbi
Rabbi Barry Weinstein
Rabbi Barry Weinstein
Temple Sinai, Lake Charles, Rabbi
Rabbi Todd Silverman
Rabbi Todd Silverman
Touro Synagogue, Associate Rabbi and Director of Life-Long Learning
Happie Hoffman
Happie Hoffman
Temple Israel, Memphis, Cantorial Soloist

In a normal year, LimmudFest includes a full weekend of services for all denominations in addition to the days of learning. We decided not to offer LimmudFest-specific services this year, but this Havdalah session will be a perfect taste of spirituality in our shortened event. Featuring Rabbis, Cantors, and other Jewish leaders from across the Gulf South, we will come together (virtually) to sing, pray, learn, and kick-off LimmudFest 2021!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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Opening Ceremonies
Panorama Duo
Panorama Duo
Panorama Jazz Band
Benny Amón & Steve Pistorius
Benny Amón & Steve Pistorius
New Orleans Jazz & Ragtime
Leslie Goldberg
Leslie Goldberg
Limmud NOLA, Chairperson, LimmudFest
Lonnie Zarum Schaffer
Lonnie Zarum Schaffer
Limmud NOLA, Board President

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!

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Pesach in Poetry

During this session, participants will examine several poems that have a Passover theme with the goal of writing their own poem for their home Pesach celebration.

Access session materials here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LZIwJtd7dXqMN4Krswo3bX9yhyLd056g/view?usp=sharing

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Noel Coward with a Social Conscience: A Re-discovery of the great Jewish-American Composer Harold Rome

Please join me as we rediscover the great Broadway composer Harold Rome (1908-1993) -- whose fantastic songs have delighted audiences since the late 1930s. Harold Rome's most famous shows include: "Fanny," "Wish You Were Here," and "Pins and Needles." In addition to his talents as a composer, Rome, a Yale graduate, was also a fine painter and had trained as an architect. Throughout his life, he was also a dedicated social activist - lending his name to many important causes. You will hear incredibly beautiful music and learn about one of the great composers of Broadway's Golden Age.

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The Jazz Amidah
Rabbi Deborah Silver
Rabbi Deborah Silver
Shir Chadash, Spiritual Leader
Meryl Zimmerman
Meryl Zimmerman
Shir Chadash, Education Director

We say the Amidah every day - but did you know that once upon a time it was jazz? Back in the day, it was up to the leader to improvise the prayer around a set of themes. Join Rabbi Deborah Silver and jazz musician and teacher Meryl Zimmerman to produce a Shabbat Jazz Amidah of our own!

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Art @ Home: Beautifying Pesach
Shoshana Madick
Shoshana Madick
Avodah, Jewish Professional

Come root into your artistic expression and Jewish practice. We will be using tea art, talking herbs, sharing prayers, and creating pieces to support our Jewish Prayer ritual practice. All ages, all levels are invited to create a meaningful space together.

Access Session Resource Sheet here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aRwNS8ieLmJyN_ou--C3yhTxDwhsbtNmuOZEh4MMfAQ/edit?usp=sharing

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Gentle Yoga for All Levels
Dena Borman
Dena Borman
Yoga with Dena, Owner/ Founder

All are welcome for gentle, accessible movement focusing on mobility, breath, and grounding. For this session, participants will need a chair and a cushion-y item (pillow, blanket, towel, etc.) Optional: yoga mat, yoga blocks. Participants are encouraged to leave their webcams on so that the presenter can modify instruction and provide feedback in real-time -- just like an in-person class!