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‘Israel-India ties emerge stronger’

As the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue recalled how a year ago baby Moshe had wailed for his mother at her memorial service there, people in the crowd could not contain their tears, reports Kiran Wadhwa.

mumbai Updated: Nov 26, 2009 00:43 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

As the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue recalled how a year ago baby Moshe had wailed for his mother at her memorial service there, people in the crowd could not contain their tears.

Dignitaries of various nations and Jews from across the city gathered at the Kala Ghoda synagogue to pay homage not only to Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka but to all those who lost their lives in the carnage.

But the one message that came across loud and clear through the entire ceremony was that the ties between Israel and India have only become stronger.

“If anybody thinks that killing Jews on Indian soil will undermine relations between India and Israel, they are wrong,” said Mark Sofer, the Ambassador of Israel in India. “We have full faith in the Indian security forces and the government.

The state of Israel does not forget and we will ensure that nothing like this happens again."

The same conviction was reflected when Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz from the Chabad Mumbai Relief Fund who is looking at the restoration of Nariman House spoke.

“Our presence will be stronger in Mumbai. When I went to Nariman House, there was a letter for me from a Mumbaikar saying that we all had been attacked with Rs 5,000 as donation for a brick for the house,” he said.

The solidarity against terror was reflected when religious leaders from every community read prayers for the departed from their scripts.

After the prayers, the blue walls of the synagogue attained an almost holy hue when people lit the 200 candles got from Israel to honour the 178 people who had died.