Over Three Decades of Friendship and Philanthropy

Thursday, 26 December, 2013 - 2:50 pm

In the mid to late 1970s a trend began to develop. Jewish families in Panama were opting to send their children to attend Tulane University. Among the many Jewish Panamanian students to arrive in 1977 was a young man named Isaac Btesh. Fondly referred to as Ikey by his friends, he quickly got involved at the recently established Chabad House at Tulane University. Isaac developed a close relationship with the two Rabbis at Chabad, Rabbi Zelig Rivkin and the late Rabbi Zalman Itkin, both of whom had a profound influence on him. After completing his studies at Tulane, he returned to Panama and got involved in the business world. Isaac established and serves as the CEO of Multibank based in Panama.

Among his many philanthropic interests, Isaac has not forgotten Chabad House in New Orleans. Over the years he has been a personal friend of Rabbi Zelig Rivkin and a supporter of Chabad’s activities in New Orleans, both on and off campus. In 2000 Isaac and his wife Bety were honorees at Chabad’s 25th Anniversary Dinner along with Caron and Stan Bleich. As construction got underway for a completely renovated Chabad House, Isaac and Bety Btesh once again came forward and have undertaken to dedicate the Btesh Family Chabad House. The building is dedicated in memory of Isaac’s late mother, Mrs. Pamela Farida and in honor of his father, Mr. Alberto Btesh.

A building naming celebration will be held on Tuesday, January 7 @ 7 PM. A cocktail reception with live entertainment by Daniel Gale will be followed by a ceremony at 8 PM. Please join us in honoring the Btesh Family for their generous support of Chabad in New Orleans.

A Building Dedication honoring all of the donors and participants in the building campaign will be held later this year.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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