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"Volunticipants" Needed for Jewish Fest

March 05, 2010 10:45 AM
New Wave staff newwave@tulane.edu

Tulane student "volunticipants" are needed to help run the inaugural LimmudFest, a celebration of Jewish learning and community to be held on Saturday night, March 13, and all day on Sunday, March 14.

Limmud fest

At this learning fest, which is entirely organized and run by volunteers, Tulane students can earn service hours by organizing children's programming and doing a myriad of other tasks required in a large conference.

During each hour of LimmudFest, students also will have the opportunity to choose from a menu of seven to nine simultaneous sessions — discussions, lectures, how-to programs, musical performances, film or dance.

Tulane faculty members leading sessions include Dr. Ben Sachs, dean of the medical school; Richard Campanella, research assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ronna Burger, professor of philosophy; Gary Remer, associate professor of political science; Toni Weiss, professor of practice in economics; and Ilan Fuchs, visiting professor in the Jewish studies program.

LimmudFest, being held at Loyola University Law School, will open on March 13 with a musical Havdalah, followed by a show by Aaron Freeman, a black Jewish comedian, and a jazz and jam session led by Israeli musician Amir Gwirtzman.

Sunday's full schedule of learning sessions runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. A kosher light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

The LimmudFest New Orleans website has a full schedule of sessions, along with information about how to volunteer or register. The event is part of the international Limmud movement.