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LimmudFest New Orleans is a weekend festival of Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality featuring 70+ sessions from local, regional and national presenters. It is part of a global movement inspired by the idea that when Jews from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate and learn about everything and anything Jewish, the entire community is enriched.

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Saturday, March 18 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leon Godchaux: A New Orleans Legend, His Creole Slave and His Jewish Roots

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Peter Wolf will share the fascinating life story of his great-great grandfather, Leon Godchaux who emigrated alone from Alsace-Lorraine to New Orleans in 1837 as a penniless, illiterate, Jewish thirteen-year-old. By the end of his intrigue-filled career, Leon Godchaux was the owner of fourteen plantations, the most productive and scientifically advanced sugar producer, and the largest taxpayer in the state –  the acknowledged  “Sugar King of Louisiana.” He refused to enter the sugar business until slavery ended, and his economic rise was enabled by two Black men. Unsympathetic to the Lost Cause, caught up in the Civil War, and negotiating through Reconstruction and Jim Crow, he was also able to build a retail, wholesale. and manufacturing clothing empire and gained a new nickname, the "Duke of Clothing.”

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Peter M. Wolf

Peter Wolf, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, is the Sugar King, Leon Godchaux's great-great grandson. He is an award-winning author whose memoir, My New Orleans Gone Away, reached the New York Times e-book Best Seller list. Previous books such as Land in America, Hot Towns... Read More →

Saturday March 18, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Congregation Gates of Prayer Board Room