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Jews refuse house to new rabbi

After the death of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who headed Mumbai's Chabad-Lubavitch jewish center that worked from the Nariman House, his successor Rabbi Ryvka Liba Goldberg is now looking for a safe new place to restart its activities, Naziya Alvi.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2008 01:25 IST
Naziya Alvi

After the death of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who headed Mumbai's Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish center that worked from the Nariman House in Mumbai, his successor Rabbi Ryvka Liba Goldberg is now looking for a safe new place to restart its activities, sources said.

Holtzberg, an American, and his Israeli wife Rivka were killed in the terrorist attack on the Nariman House, on November 26.

“The rabbi has approached a few local Jewish bodies asking for a safe place to house the centre,” said a source, who did not want to be named.

However, Mumbai’s Jewish community, which has so far said the attack was not on the Jews but on foreigners, has refused to give space to the ultra orthodox Jews affiliated to the Chabad movement.

“We do not want to invite trouble,” said Solomon Sopher, chairman of the Sir Jacob Sassoon Charity trust. “We have lived here peacefully for over 200 years without any kind of attack,” he added.