Mumbai victims remembered at former Chabad center


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A memorial ceremony was held at the former Mumbai Chabad center.

The multi-faith ceremony was held Tuesday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the city. The Nov. 26-29 attacks on several sites in Mumbai by an Islamist Pakistani group left 166 dead and hundreds injured.

Six Jews were killed at the Chabad center, including Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, who ran the center.

The Holtzberg’s then-2-year-old son, Moshe, was rescued from the building by his Indian nanny.

Chabad has moved to a secret location in the city to protect its security.

Another ceremony is set for the Mumbai center on Nov. 26, as well as a memorial service the previous day at a synagogue in Kalaghoda being organized by the local Jewish community, the Press Trust of India reported.

A ceremony in Israel at Kfar Chabad was set to take place Wednesday. Thousands of people are expected to attend, according to the Jerusalem Post.

During the ceremony, Moshe Holtzberg is scheduled to receive his first haircut in an "upshirin," a rite of passage for 3-year-old Jewish boys.

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