New Year, New Horizons

Friday, 1 September, 2023 - 11:02 am

A new year brings new beginnings and new horizons. For us as Jews, those horizons must include new opportunities to expand our involvement with the study of Torah.

I am excited to announce that Chabad of Louisiana is partnering with the Stone family to present this year’s slate of JLI courses in memory of Richard B. Stone. Richard was a real friend of Chabad of Louisiana, and the New Orleans Jewish community. More on that here:

This year's courses are particularly intriguing. The fall course is The World of Kabbalah. The winter course is Advice for Life (from the Rebbe's guidance). The spring course is Decisions of Fate (Jewish values for making life and death decisions), which will offer CLE and CME credits. We feel that this is a meaningful way to honor Richard's memory as well as his devotion to Jewish learning, and how the Torah informed his view of law and ethics.

Registration for The World of Kabbalah, which begins after the holidays, is already open. For more information see

Chabad Metairie will be offering the course as well –

In addition to the slate of JLI courses, we have several new and classic adult education offerings to share with you.

Breakfast with Maimonides: The first Sunday of each month (including this weekend) at 9 am, taught by Rabbi Zelig Rivkin.

Opening the Talmud: A weekly Talmud class for beginners – Sunday evenings at 6 pm, taught by Rabbi Yossi Cohen

The Machzor Unpacked: Meditations on the High Holiday liturgy – Tuesday, September 5 at 8 pm, taught by Rabbi Yossi Cohen.

“Read It In Hebrew”: A four part Hebrew reading crash course – beginning Tuesday, October 17, taught by Rabbi Mendel Rivkin.

We hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to expand your Torah horizons and we look forward to exploring our shared heritage together with you.

We take this opportunity to welcome two new families to our community.

Drs. Stefan and Naomi Grant & family.
Rabbi Mendel and Rivka Rivkin & family.

Wishing them much success in their new location and new endeavors.

May we all be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year filled with health, prosperity, happiness, and meaningful spiritual growth.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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