A ceremony took place Monday for the Israeli victims of the Mumbai terror attack. The ceremony was held in the Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Mumbai. Approximately 100 people, including Israeli government officials and Israeli back packers, participated in the ceremony for those who died in the Chabad House.
Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, father of victim Rivka Holtzberg, delivered a eulogy for his daughter. He called on those present to continue her work and that of his son-in-law, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who headed the Chabad House in Mumbai. He also promised that the Chabad House there will continue to function despite the terror attacks. In addition, he thanked the babysitter who saved his two year old grandson Moshe Tzvi Holtzberg from the clutches of the terrorists. During the ceremony, two year old Moshe began to scream, “Mommy, Mommy,” bringing many to tears.
The Israeli ambassador to India, Mark Sofer, was also in attendance. He too delivered a eulogy for the victims. Sofer said, “This is a tragedy for India and for Israel, but all the more so for the families of the victims. We and the Indians and the civilized world will continue the fight against terrorism until we are victorious.”
The bodies of the victims are expected to be flown this afternoon from India and arrive in Israel this evening. The funerals of the victims will probably take place Tuesday. Six Israeli victims have so far been identified. Although two Israelis are still unaccounted for, the Foreign Ministry believes there are no more Israeli victims of the attacks.