Mumbai Jewish Center Set to Reopen Six Years After Deadly Terror Attack

Chabad center in India's largest city is rebuilt, with plans to expand activities.

Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg, father of slain Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg speaks to the press, as Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky looks on. August 26, 2014.
Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg, father of slain Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg speaks to the press, as Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky looks on. August 26, 2014.Credit:

A Mumbai Jewish center that almost six years ago was shot up in an attack by Islamic terrorists was scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, with an eye toward expanding its activities.

In late November 2008 a group of 10 terrorists arrived in Mumbai and attacked the Chabad Jewish center as well as hotels, a café and a train station.

Over two days they killed 166 people, including Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivki, who directed the center, and four of their guests.

The Holtzbergs founded a Chabad center in Mumbai in 2003 and then established the current center, called Nariman House. Rivki Holtzberg was pregnant at the time of the terror attack. The couple's two-year-old son was rescued by his nanny.

The reopening "will definitely be very emotional for many people, Rabbi Yisroel Kozlovsky, who with his wife, Chaya, now directs the center, said in a statement.

"We remember what happened, but we are working for the future.

The reconstructed six-story building has security rooms, a synagogue, offices, guest rooms, a restaurant and a commercial kitchen, the statement said.

Chabad – an acronym for the Hebrew words for wisdom, understanding and knowledge – also plans to build a museum in the Holtzbergs' apartment and on the floor where most of the people were killed.

Chabad centers worldwide provide services to religious and non-religious Jewish tourists, visiting businesspeople and members of their local communities.

In November 2012, India hanged Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, a Pakistani and the one attacker who survived India's effort to put down the terror attack.

Rabbi Yisroel Kozlovsky, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai speaks to the press prior to the reopening of Nariman House. August 26, 2014.Credit:
Sandra Samuel, the Indian woman who saved Moshe Holtzberg in the Chabad Mumbai attackCredit: CNN

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