Rabbi Nissen Pinson, 89, who spent nearly 50 years as Chabad’s rabbi in Tunis, Tunisia, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2007, in Nice France.

Pinson was born in Kharkov, Russia, and studied at Chabad underground yeshivas until he emigrated to France. In 1960, he was sent by Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem M. Schneerson to Tunisia.

Pinson developed many Jewish institutions in Tunis, including (Hebrew link) Yeshivat Ohalei Yitzhak, a pre-school, a day school, a mikveh, a Jewish library, a synagogue, and more.

Pinson, who will be buried in Israel, is survived by his wife, Rochel Pinson, and five children, sons and daughters who all serve as Chabad representatives: Rabbi Y. Y Pinson, Nice, France; Feige Hecht, Nice, France; Shterna Matusof, Cannes, France; Rabbi Nochum Pinson, Burnoy, France; Rabbi Shmuel Pinson, Brussels, Belgium, and sisters, Sonia Kaplan, Jerusalem, Sima Itkin, New York, and Mrs. V. Pinson, Kfar Chabad, Israel.