LimmudFest is a Labor Day-Weekend celebration of Jewish thought, arts, culture, and learning. Meet hundreds of Jews from all walks of life, backgrounds, lifestyles, and ages.


Featured Speakers at LimmudFest 2019 (See All Scheduled Speakers)

Dr. Jane Shapiro is a founder of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning where she teaches classes and workshops blending text study with other intentional practices. Jane is a graduate of Princeton University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, studied Jewish History at Columbia University, and has a doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary researching the experiences of long term adult learners. She received a Covenant award in 2017 and gave an Eli Talk in 2018, “The Torah of Bubbiehood,” which explored themes of Jewish narrative, identity, and parenting.

Susan Barocas is a writer, chef, teacher and speaker with a passion for healthy eating, Jewish food and Sephardic cuisines and history. Founding director of the innovative Jewish Food Experience, she served as the guest chef for President Obama’s White House Seders from 2014-2016. Her writing appears in the Washington Post, Huff Post, Moment and The Nosher among other outlets, and in 2019 she was recognized with a Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for her story in Lilith magazine, “When Food Betrayed the Jews.” She has made many broadcast appearances and organized food conferences for American University and Hazon, among others. Susan is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and is at work on her first cookbook.

Chava Mirel is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bring a new sound to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the spirit. An award-winning Jewish music composer, Chava has provided outstanding artist-in-residence services at congregations from coast to coast. She was recently selected as a fellow with Hadar’s Rising Song Institute led by Joey Weisenberg, and she has recorded two full-length albums.