A NOLA tradition coming home

Friday, 31 October, 2014 - 11:06 am

After a two year hiatus, Chabad’s Chanukah Menorah Lighting is coming home to New Orleans. You may know that the Riverwalk has gone through a complete overhaul and has been renovated and reborn as The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Since opening in May of 2013 they have been in communication with us to bring back the Menorah lighting celebration. This week we finalized the agreement to bring Chanukah @ Riverwalk back to the Spanish Plaza on the Mississippi River.

We had a wonderful experience at Lakeside Shopping Center and there is a lot to be said for having the celebration there. We may consider alternating between the two venues. We greatly appreciate Lakeside’s warm welcome. But now we are ready to come home. Friends, we are very proud to announce that Chanukah @ Riverwalk 2014 will be taking place on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 16 at 5:30 PM. The Menorah lighting ceremony will be at 6:15 PM. Stay tuned for exciting program details that will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

We thank Carly Plotkin, marketing manager and the Riverwalk. We look forward to a wonderful event as a great renewal of an important New Orleans tradition.

This coming week a new JLI course entitled, “How Happiness Thinks” is being launched. The course will be offered on both Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Psychologists, Social workers, and others can earn up to 15 CE credits (APA, ACCME, NBCC). For info, contact [email protected]. To register, visit “How Happiness Thinks” is much more than a tool to boost your happiness. It is an exciting journey into the mind and psyche. Drawing on classical Jewish and mystical teachings, this course will present you with a deeper understanding of yourself, and help you flourish by suggesting practical advice which, when implemented, will radically enhance the happiness quotient of your life.

This Sunday morning at 8:45 AM is our monthly Breakfast with Maimonides. Study the writings of the Rambam over bagels and lox.

We offer condolences to the Berins family upon the passing of Bernard Berins. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Mazel tov to Orit and Benny Naghi upon the birth of their daughter. May you enjoy much nachat from her and the blessings she brings to your home.

Mazel tov to Daniella and Bradley Bain upon the birth of their son. May you merit to raise him in good health for all and to bring him into the covenant of Abraham and then to Torah, chupah and good deeds.

Mazel tov to my parents, Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin upon the birth of a granddaughter to Mushka and Peretz Kazen. May you merit to go from Simcha to simcha in good health and happiness.

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yochanan and Sarah Rivkin upon the Bas Mitzvah of their daughter Shifra and the upshernish of their son Yisrael.

Mazel tov to Charlie and Batsheva Brum upon the upshernish of their grandson, Matisyahu Mendelson.

Congratulations to Rabbi Gabe Greenberg and family upon his installation this weekend as Rabbi of Beth Israel.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin


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