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‘Row over rebuilding Jewish centre not about money’

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2010 01:58 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg

Two days before the second anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, the grandparents of baby Moshe, now 4 years old, claimed that the dispute over the rebuilding rights of Nariman House is not about money.

Rabbi Nachman and Freida Holtzberg, the parents of of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg,

who was killed in the Jewish Chabad House during the attacks, are in Mumbai for a court hearing in connection with the dispute on Thursday as well as a small memorial ceremony to pay homage to the victims.

Currently, the Chabad House is in the possession of a receiver of the Bombay High Court following a dispute between the Holtzbergs and Rabbi Yosef Kantor, who has been put in charge of raising funds for the property by the New York-based Chabad-Lubavitch Movement.

Though a local representative of the Holtzbergs accused the Chabad official of manipulating the funds in his reply to the court, Freida Holtzberg said, “God forbid, it is not about money. We are pained at the differences but our only burning desire is that the Chabad House should start working again.”

The couple, speaking through a translator, was unwilling to reveal more about the dispute.

They added that their grandson, Moshe, who survived the terrorist attack, is attending pre-school and still remembers his parents.

“As part of the Jewish tradition, we keep small boxes in the house where anyone in the family can put in money. Moshe puts in money in memory of his parents,” said his grandfather.

Moshe lives in Jerusalem with his maternal grandparents and Indian nanny Sandra, who has postponed her return to India in order to stay with the child, said the Holtzbergs.