JNOLA, the young adult group at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, is holding a festival and inviting their counterparts from around the region.
Registration opens on June 15 for Festival Jew Orleans, presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The festival will be the weekend of Oct. 21, and includes the Halloween-themed Krewe of Boo parade.
JNOLA is the local group for ages 21 to 39, and similar groups in communities such as Austin, Birmingham and Charleston are being invited to participate.
Amanda Beyer Loflin, director of NextGen and Mentorship at the Federation, said “This three-day festival highlights the rich Jewish culture found in New Orleans.”
The weekend begins with a lunch on the rooftop of the Higgins Hotel. Afternoon activity choices are a street mural tour or kayaking through the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at City Park. A Reform-style Shabbat service will be held at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, along with a museum tour and dinner.
On Oct. 22, there will be a Tikkun Olam project with a local non-profit, with lunch included. Afternoon options include a Jewish history tour or a visit to the Studio BE arts collective. In the evening, after a visit to the Holocaust memorial at the Riverfront, there will be a Second Line to Barcadia, where there will be Havdalah followed by the Krewe of Boo celebration and the JNOLA annual gala, and dressing for the parade is encouraged. After the parade, there will be time to explore the French Quarter and downtown.
On Oct. 23, there will be a Spiritual Yoga session, followed by a visit to the National World War II Museum for a self-guided tour that can be done before or after the farewell brunch.
Registration is $75 until Aug. 15 and $100 after, and space is limited. There are two hotel block options available for those from out of town. All meals except breakfasts are included, and are kosher-style. Kosher meals can be requested.
Registration is available here.