Southern Jewish Life
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Sunday, March 14, 2021
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!
What is the history of Jewish burial in the Gulf South? How do we remember and commemorate the dead? What can cemeteries tell us about the development and evolution of southern Jewish communities? Join us for a virtual tour of southern Jewish cemeteries, with a special focus on New Orleans. We'll learn about cemeteries in big cities and small towns, think about what these sites can teach us about tensions between assimilation and tradition, and consider the fascinating nuances of Jewish burial culture. We'll also learn about what it takes to preserve these historic places, and how you can engage with historic cemeteries in your home community. This session is offered by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), based in Jackson, Mississippi. Learn more about us at www.isjl.org.
New Orleans is building a community mikveh! But what is a mikveh for anyway? Join Rabbis Josh Pernick and Lexi Erdheim along with Jessica Rosenberg of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network to learn about the history and development of the mikveh from the Torah through today. We will explore contemporary re-imaginings of the mikveh and consider how you might use our community mikveh. Rabbi Bob Loewy will share updates about the progress of the mikveh and answer questions.
From the development of Jewish communities in eighteenth-century port cities to the rise and fall of small-town Jewish merchants to the explosive growth of Jewish life in sunbelt cities like Miami and Atlanta, Jews have been deeply engaged with the development of the American South. This session packs 400 years of Southern Jewish history into a digestible, interactive presentation that illustrates the Jewish South's importance to both Southern and Jewish histories.