Epic Chanukah 2022 Recap

Friday, 30 December, 2022 - 2:54 pm

Chanukah 2022 was epic. I reflect back to my childhood in New Orleans when there were barely a handful of events on Chanukah. Jewish organizations, and even Synagogues, would schedule board meetings on Chanukah nights. Fast forward to this year when there was hardly a night of Chanukah on which there were not multiple events in the community. I believe that the Rebbe’s idea of Chanukah as a public and significant holiday has seeped into the rest of the Jewish world. The strong push for public displays of Chanukah celebration has brought the holiday to the forefront of Jewish communal and individual consciousness.

Here is quick recap of the Chabad Chanukah events around the state. Photos of the events can be viewed on the websites and social media pages of Chabad of Louisiana (, Chabad Metairie (, and Chabad Baton Rouge ( 

Leading up to Chanukah there was a Latke cooking event at Whole Foods in Metairie as a partnership between Chabad Metairie and PJ Library. The was an Olive Press workshop at Chabad Uptown for families as a partnership between Chabad of Louisiana and JNOLA. There was a Latke tasting event at the uptown Winn Dixie in partnership with Chabad of Louisiana.

Through Chabad’s efforts, Menorahs were on display at Louis Armstrong International Airport, Lakeside Mall, Ochsner Medical Center (main campus), and the VA, among others. There was a Chanukah billboard overlooking Veterans Memorial Blvd. Multiple Senior homes had Chanukah events, including Lambeth House, Sunrise, Woldenberg Village, and Laketown.

Chanukah @ Riverwalk was held on the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec 18. Hundreds of locals and tourists filled the Spanish Plaza to watch the lighting of largest Menorah in the state of Louisiana.
Photos by Gil Rubman:
TV Coverage: Menorah Lighting: Rabbi Zelig Rivkin speech:
Proud to be Jewish ceremony:

That same night a Menorah was lit on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol by Chabad of Baton Rouge with a beautiful crowd in attendance.

The Chanukah Israeli event at Chabad Metairie took place on Monday night. –

That same night a public Menorah lighting was held in Lafayette for the first time by Chabad of Baton Rouge.

On Tuesday a public Menorah lighting was held in Lake Charles for the first time by Chabad of Baton Rouge. -

That same night a Chocolate Chanukah Workshop was help at Chabad of Louisiana. -

On Wednesday Chabad Metairie hosted Family Game Night. – 5752528.  

On Friday Slater Torah Academy and PJ Library hosted Latkes on Roller Skates.

On Saturday night, Chabad of Louisiana’s Mobile Menorah Parade rolled through the CBD, French Quarter and Marigny, stopping off to meet the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars on Frenchman St. for a quick Chanukah celebration and menorah lighting with Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin. -

The most important thing is that thousands of Jews have been moved by these events to personally celebrate Chanukah and make this holiday a part of their lives.

We are not doing an official end-of-the-year appeal. But anytime is a good time to support the important work that Chabad does in our community –

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

Comments on: Epic Chanukah 2022 Recap
There are no comments.