Holtzberg Burials on Mon or Tues

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, brutally murdered in Mumbai, will be buried in Israel on Monday or Tuesday in Kfar Chabad.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu ,

Holtzbergs to be buried in Israel on Monday
Holtzbergs to be buried in Israel on Monday

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who were brutally murdered in the Mumbai terrorist attacks, will be buried in Israel on Monday or Tuesday. The funerals will begin at the 770 Kfar Chabad Center, 7 miles southwest of Tel Aviv.

Both victims were born in Israel, but Rabbi Holtzberg lived several years as a teenager in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where he learned to be a kosher slaughterer of animals [shochet]. He and his wife were Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, since 2003, where they opened the Chabad House that served as a haven for Jewish visitors from all over the world.

Her father is the head of the world-famous Migdal Or Girl's School in Migdal HaEmek, located in the Lower Galilee.

Rabbi Moshe J. Kotlarsky, vice chairman of the education branch of the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement at its World Headquarters in Brooklyn, told reporters that Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife Rivka "gave up the comforts of the West in order to spread Jewish pride in a corner of the world that was a frequent stop for throngs of Israeli tourists. Their selfless love will live on with all the people they touched. We will continue the work they started."
Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife Rivka "gave up the comforts of the West in order to spread Jewish pride.... We will continue the work they started.

The Muslim terrorists, apparently associated with the international Al Qaeda terror organization, killed the couple shortly after the beginning of the attack Wednesday night but were not eliminated by Indian commandos until shortly before the Sabbath began Friday night.

The couple was known for their warmth, Torah scholarship and hospitality at the five-story Chabad House, known as the Nariman House and which was a "home away from home" for Jewish businessmen, Israeli backpackers and Indian Jews.

Chabad-Lubavitch Chairman of Educational and Social Services, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, said that "the targeting by terrorists of foreign nationals underscores the need for governments to work collectively to fight terrorism resolutely and effectively, so that the hands of those seeking to destroy life and disrupt peace will no longer reach their targets."

The Mumbai attacks, which were described as a pogrom by American radio newscaster John Batchelor, claimed more than 200 victims.

One of those who was saved was the Holtzberg's only living child, Moshe, who was two years old on the Sabbath. The cook at the Chabad House snatched him and ran out of the building after the terrorists had taken his parents as hostage in their top floor apartment. The boy's clothes were drenched in blood. The family is no stranger to tragedy: the couple's oldest son was only three years old when he died of an illness a little over two years ago.

Moshe was gathered to his family by Rivka Holtzberg’s parents, Rabbi Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg, on Friday after they rushed to Mumbai from Israel following initial news of the attack.

Chabad emissaries organized Sabbath and meals and prayers for visiting Israelis in another location. The Chabad House suffered heavy damage from rocket-propelled grenades fired by Indian forces at the terrorists.