Brooklyn-Raised Rabbi Killed During Mumbai Violence

It has been confirmed that the rabbi who was speaking to the Israeli consultant when the lines went dead at Chabad Lubavitch was killed along with his wife. Their infant son was rescued by his nanny.

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and his wife, Rivka and three others were slain during the violence in Mumbai, India. As reported earlier the rabbi was talking to the Israeli consultant about the siege when the line went dead.

Their son Moshe is now an orphan after his nanny bravely escaped the building when terrorists attacked.

The New York Daily News reports:

“Tuesday we put the finishing touches on opening a new branch in Bangalore,” said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky. “He was the nicest gentleman you can imagine. Never saw him without a smile.”

The rabbi and his wife were inside the building when Indian commandoes tried to save them with a daring raid.

The couple married five years ago in an arranged marriage. They will be buried in Israel. Their infant son will turn 2 on Sunday. He is being cared for by his mother’s parent who are in India.


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