Longest Serving NOLA Rabbis

Friday, 28 January, 2022 - 1:24 pm

Who is the longest serving active NOLA Rabbi? My father, Rabbi Zelig Rivkin – since 1975. Who is second? Rabbi Yossie Nemes - 1990. Who is third? Yours truly - 1998. Fourth is my brother, Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin - 1999. What do all four of us have in common? We are all part of the team of Chabad Shluchim to the greater New Orleans community.

One of the things you know you will get when engaging with a Chabad Shliach or Shlucha is, that they will be there for the long haul. In a world where relationships are so key to communal success as well as individual connections, knowing that your Rabbi will be there 45 years later, is an immeasurable factor. Not only is your Rabbi there, but his children, now even grandchildren, are invested in the same community, forging long-lasting relationships.

Of course, the services, classes, life-cycle events, holiday programs and social services programs are vital. These offerings touch thousands in our community. Who doesn’t appreciate the value of reaching those that may be marginalized, like Jewish prisoners, seniors, and the unaffiliated?

You may be inspired by something you learned in a class or lecture or uplifted by an experience at a Holiday event. You might appreciate what your child gained from a camp or youth program. You might be touched by the sensitivity demonstrated at a life-cycle event or feel encouraged by a story or moving insight at a gathering. But what is most memorable, is the time spent at the Rabbi’s home having Shabbos dinner together with the family. What is most memorable, is the time that he was there for you when you needed some guidance in your life or a listening ear. It is the feeling that your involvement in his family’s life and his involvement in your family’s life is the real thing. It is the personal connections, the relationships that truly count and make a difference.

Next week, Chabad of Louisiana, under the leadership of Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin, will be running a campaign to raise $150,000 in 36 hours. Our slogan is 2022 and Beyond: Community Powered By You! Help us reach our goal beginning Tuesday, February 1 at 9 am. Spread the word and be a partner in keeping those treasured relationships flowing for many years to come. Each dollar donated will be tripled by a group of generous donors.

Contribute by going to There is a pre-donate option. All contributions will be listed once the campaign goes live on Tuesday morning.

Encourage your friends and family to contribute by sending them to the website Call, text, or promote on social media.

Volunteer to make calls. Call from Chabad or from the comfort of your home. Reach out to me (reply to this email) or Malkie if you would like to volunteer – [email protected] or 504-939-2565.

This campaign benefits the flagship uptown location of Chabad of Louisiana. Other Chabad of Louisiana affiliates are financially independent (including, Chabad of Metairie, Chabad at Tulane, Chabad of Baton Rouge and Chabad of Southern Mississippi).

Thank you for your partnership! Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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