Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg

Rabbi Gavriel z”l and Rivkah Holtzberg z”l

In the course of their short lives, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg— Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, India— radiated love, kindness and inspiration to those around them.

The young couple moved to Mumbai in 2003 in order to offer hospitality and Jewish awareness to Jewish travelers and to serve the small local Jewish community there. Locals and visitors, especially Israeli soldiers traveling the world after completing their military service, found the “Nariman House” a home away from home.

On November 26, 2008, a synchronized terrorist attack that targeted train stations, hotels, a hospital and the Holzbergs’ Jewish center wreaked havoc in Mumbai. By the following day, Gabi and Rivkah were dead, along with 177 others— including Rabbis Bentzion Chroman and Leibish Teitelbaum, Nora Schwartzblatt-Rabinowitz and Yocheved Orpaz. Despite the mayhem, Moshe Holtzberg, Gabi and Rivkah’s two year old son, was whisked away to safety by his Indian nanny.

The couple’s legacy goes on. Before Rosh Hashanah of 2009, Chabad-Lubavitch in Issaquah, WA, known as "Chabad of the Central Cascades," dedicated their new Chabad house in loving memory of the Holzbergs.