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Who's Who at Chabad of Louisiana?

Friday, 5 January, 2024 - 8:01 am

Chabad of Louisiana was established in 1975 with the arrival of my parents, Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin, who were sent by the Rebbe as his emissaries to New Orleans. Since then, Chabad of Louisiana has expanded and developed into a broad network of institutions and initiatives that are staffed by 14 Shluchim families. Some may be confused by the web of multiple folks named Mendel, Yossi, Mushka, and Rivka, along with the other Shluchim on the Chabad of Louisiana team. I would like to make it easier by presenting a “Who’s Who” at Chabad and help clarify the roles and a sampling of the responsibilities of each of them in the community. This list will by no means be an exhaustive one, as each of the Shluchim families and individuals is involved in many initiatives and activities, all intended to improve Jewish life in the community. First and foremost, each of them serves as a representative of the Rebbe and his ideals. One of the most powerful impacts of Chabad Shluchim is forging relationships with individuals in the community. 

Please note that each of the affiliates of Chabad of Louisiana is financially independent.    

Chabad of Louisiana
Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin - Founders and directors of Chabad of Louisiana. Rabbi Zelig Rivkin was tasked by the Rebbe as the regional director for Chabad in the state of Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Bluma Rivkin is also the coordinator of Mikvah Chaya Mushka and teaches at Slater Torah Academy.

Dr. David (OBM) and Nechama Kaufmann – Past coordinators of Chabad at Tulane and Camp Gan Israel, founding coordinator of Chanukah @ Riverwalk, Nshei Chabad Candlelighting project. Mrs. Kaufmann also teaches at Slater Torah Academy.

Rabbi Mendel and Malkie Rivkin – Program Directors at Chabad of Louisiana. JLI, Living Legacy Series, Prison Chaplaincy. Mrs. Malkie Rivkin also serves as the Judaic Elementary principal at Slater Torah Academy.

Rabbi Yossi and Mushka (nee Rivkin – daughter of Mendel and Malkie) Cohen – Community Engagement Directors at Chabad of Louisiana. JKids, Jewish Women’s Circle, Holiday Distribution Projects. Mrs. Cohen also teaches at Slater Torah Academy.

Chabad of Metairie
Rabbi Yossie and Chanie Nemes – Directors of Chabad of Metairie. Rabbi Nemes also oversees the Louisiana Kashrut Committee. Mrs. Nemes also runs the Rosh Chodesh Society and teaches at Slater Torah Academy.

Rabbi Mendel and Chaya Mushka (nee Nemes) Ceitlin – Program Directors – Chabad of Metairie. JLI, Hospital Chaplaincy, Mohel. Mrs. Ceiltin also teaches at Slater Torah Academy.

Rabbi Zalman and Libby (nee Nemes) Groner – Youth Directors – Chabad of Metairie. CTeen, Camp Gan Israel, Friendship Circle. Mrs. Groner also teaches at Slater Torah Academy.

Rabbi Mendy and Chavie Schechter – Prison Chaplaincy, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy and Liaison, Chevra Kaddisha, and Kosher Supervision.

Chabad at Tulane
Rabbi Yochanan and Sarah Rivkin – Directors – Chabad at Tulane. Coordinators of Chabad Tulane Grad and Alumni Program. Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin is the Rabbi at Anshe Sfard, and serves on the Board of Directors, Slater Torah Academy.

Rabbi Leibel and Mushka Lipskier – Directors of Chabad Tulane Undergraduate Program.

Rabbi Mendel (son of Yochanan and Sarah) and Rivka Rivkin – Directors of Student Engagement at Chabad Tulane Undergraduate Program.

Slater Torah Academy
Rabbi Yossi and Rivkie Chesney – Rabbi Chesney is the Executive Director of Slater Torah Academy. Mrs. Chesney is the director of Jewish Preschool of the Arts at Slater Torah Academy.

Chabad of Baton Rouge
Rabbi Peretz and Mushka (nee Rivkin – daughter of Zelig and Bluma) Kazen – Directors of Chabad of Baton Rouge and LSU.

Chabad of Southern Mississippi
Rabbi Akiva and Hannah Hall – Directors of Chabad of Southern MS and Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel – Gulfport.

Our partners: None of these institutions and initiatives would be possible without our many partners who empower us and believe in our cause.

I hope that this has been helpful to further acquaint our community with the Chabad of Louisiana team. We are privileged to serve this community and look forward to engaging with each and every one of you as the opportunity arises.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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