The Jewish Chabad House where Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka were killed along with others by terrorists in Colaba’s Nariman House last year, will reopen on November 26.
A memorial service for the Holtzbergs and other victims of the 26/11 attacks will mark the reopening of the Chabad House on November 26 evening, said Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz,
the director of the New York-based Chabad Mumbai Relief Fund.
Berkowitz arrived in Mumbai on Monday to be part of a multi-faith anti-terror Solidarity Meet organised on Tuesday by the US-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre, one of the largest international non-profit organisations fighting for Jewish rights, and India’s Art of Living Foundation.
The two organisations have collaborated on similar events before in India and abroad.
The meet started at the Trident Hotel, where a host of religious leaders representing different faiths affirmed their solidarity with each other before proceeding to the Chabad House in Colaba, where they lit memorial candles for the victims of terror.
“The Chabad House was, till today, meant for the small community that it served, but now it will be rebuilt and open to people of all communities and religions in India and the world for those who stand in solidarity against terror,” said Rabbi Berkowitz, a member of the Orthodox Jewish Lubavitch movement that runs Chabad houses across the world.
Though the Rabbi was unwilling to speak about the funds collected by his relief organisation, he mentioned that the parents of Rabbi Holtzberg, Nachman and Freida Holtzberg will fly down to Mumbai from Jerusalem to attend the memorial service at Nariman House.
Rivka’s father, Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, with whom the Holtzberg couple’s son, Moshe, now resides, is also expected to be in Mumbai.
Solomon Sopher, chairman of the Jacob Sassoon Trust in Mumbai who was also present at the event, announced another memorial service to be held at his Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue at Kala Ghoda on November 25.
The service will be open to both Jews and non-Jews who wish to pay their respects to the victims of last year’s attacks.