Nariman House reopens on 26/11 first anniversary

November 26th, 2009 - 10:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Nov 26 (ANI): The Nariman House, a Jewish outreach centre, which became a war zone during the 26/11 terror strike, reopened on Thursday, exactly a year after it closed due to mayhem caused by terrorists from Pakistan.

Run by Chabad-Lubavitch Movement, the centre, which constitutes of an educational centre and a Synagogue, offers drug prevention services and transit stay to the Jews.

A memorial service for Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg his wife Rivka and other victims of the 26/11 attacks marked the reopening of the Chabad House also known as Nariman House.

The couple had come to Mumbai in 2003 to serve the local Jewish community.

“We take a vow that their (the couple’s) passing will not be in vain. The candle might have extinguished but their flame keeps on flickering and would continue to glow brighter and brighter,” said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of the Orthodox Jewish Movement’s International Centres.

Moshe, the two-year-old son of the Holtzbergs, was miraculously saved by his governess, Sandra Samuel and the family’s handyman-cum-cook Qazi Zakir Hussain alias Jackie.

“He is mainly beacon of light to the family and to the whole world. He is cute-cute little child,” Krinsky added.

Speaking on the occasion Director of Chabad Mumbai Relief Fund Rabbi Abraham Berkowitz said : “Indians are not alone. What took place here was an attack, a barbaric attack, and every man, woman and child that wishes to live in freedom without fear and therefore we all stand together, the men and women of goodwill all over the world to unite in solidarity and support of the victims and their families and to make sure that goodness and human values prevail for all.” (ANI)

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