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Women Making Aliyah Among Mumbai Victims

A woman scheduled to make aliyah was among those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad center.

Norma Shvarzblat Rabinovich, a Mexican citizen, had plans to make aliyah Monday, joining two of her three children who had already immigrated to Israel. She was among five Israelis killed in the attack on the Nariman House.

Rabinovich, 50, was traveling in India with the intention of making aliyah at the end of her trip. She had contacted the Jewish Agency for Israel office in Mumbai and was scheduled to fly to Israel for the 18th birthday of her son Manuel, who had made aliyah several months ago, according to a Jewish Agency news release.

In recent weeks, Rabinovich paid several visits to the Jewish Agency office in Mumbai, which handles the requests of Jews in India who wish to make aliyah or participate in Jewish Agency programs.

The agency announced Nov. 29 that it would financially assist the Jewish and Israeli families of those killed in last week’s Mumbai attack from the Fund for the Victims of Terror. The 8-year-old fund has assisted thousands of victims of terror attacks and their families. Money for the fund comes from the United Jewish Communities, Jewish federations and Keren Hayesod.

Ze’ev Bielski, the agency’s chairman, in the release expressed his sorrow over the death of Rabinovich. He said the fund expresses the mutual responsibility of the Jewish people, as well as the agency’s support of Jews who fall victim to terror attacks aimed at Israeli targets.

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