Mum­bai’s Chabad hub back from dead

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY LAWRENCE JOFFE

SIX YEARS af­ter ji­hadi ter­ror­ists mur­dered Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg and his wife at Chabad House in Mum­bai, In­dia, the build­ing has sprung back to life.

On Mon­day Au­gust 25, Jewish re­li­gious lead­ers from across Asia gath­ered to for­mally in­au­gu­rate the newly re­fur­bished house. The five-storey site, also known as Na­ri­man House, will soon ac­quire a mu­seum to hon­our the slain cou­ple, built at a cost of £1.5 mil­lion.

All told, 166 in­no­cent peo­ple died in the 60-hour killing spree of Novem­ber 2008. Most vic­tims per­ished at the Taj Ma­hal Ho­tel. Yet the at­tack on Chabad House by mem­bers of the fa­nat­i­cal Pak­istani group Lashkar-e-Taiba yielded one of the most poignant sto­ries: Moshe, the rabbi’s then two-year-old son, was res­cued by his courageous nanny, San­dra Sa­muel. A Chris­tian woman orig­i­nally from Goa, San­dra has since been granted per­ma­nent res­i­dence in Is­rael and also won an award from a Jewish women’s group in Is­rael.

Chabad feels sure that Na­ri­man House will re­sume its for­mer role as a hub of Jewish com­mu­nal life, a port of call for vis­it­ing Is­raelis, and a part­ner to Mum­bai’s seven other syn­a­gogues. Its new over­seers are Rabbi Is­rael Ko­zlovsky and his wife, Chaya. Their two small chil­dren were also present at the cer­e­mony, where the mur­dered rabbi’s fa­ther, Rabbi Nach­man Holtzberg, de­clared: “This is the day we can cel­e­brate their lives and the mes­sage of light that they spread.”


A rabbi stands along­side pho­tos of Rabbi Holtzberg at the re-open­ing

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