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Bluma Rivkin Discusses Reuniting and Rebuilding Jewish Community Post-Hurricane Katrina

Bluma Rivkin jokes that she's the last person you'd expect to plunge into the labor of rebuilding a city.

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Bluma Rivkin jokes that she's the last person you'd expect to plunge into the labor of rebuilding a city.

Bluma Rivkin Discusses Keeping Her Family Whole Post-Hurricane Katrina

Bluma Rivkin struggled to keep her family together as they fled in the midst of Hurricane Katrina.

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Bluma Rivkin struggled to keep her family together as they fled in the midst of Hurricane Katrina.

Bluma Rivkin

Accustomed as a shlucha (Chabad emissary) to helping those in her community, Bluma Rivkin went into action after Hurricane Katrina, first with the pressing concerns of finding housing and aid for evacuees, then with the larger task of rebuilding the community.

Bluma Rivkin

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Bluma Rivkin.

Photo courtesy of Bluma Rivkin.

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Bluma Rivkin.

Photo courtesy of Bluma Rivkin.

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Deborah Waxman, 2013

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman in 2013.

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman in 2013.

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