LITCHFIELD — When a band of terrorists attacked the city of Mumbai, India, a year ago, they inflicted death upon hundreds and carnage upon thousands more. All peace loving residents of the sprawling metropolis were targeted for mayhem.
But the killers went out of their way to target a specific group of people. Several terrorists headed straight for the Jewish “Chabad Center” in the center of the city. The home served as a magnet for the local Jewish community, as well as for thousands of business travelers, tourists, students, and backpackers that pass through Mumbai each year.
Directed by Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, the Chabad Center provided food, shelter, comfort, and counseling to all who came knocking. As Abraham’s Tent in the days of old, the centers doors were open wide.
“Rabbi and Mrs. Holtzberg represented the best of humanity,” said Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach, co-director of the Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut. “It is precisely for this reason that they were targeted for murder.”
A year later, on the first anniversary of the terror attacks, the Northwest community will gather for a solemn memorial. They will pay tribute to this special young couple.
“We must remember the good that Gabi and Rivkah stand for,” said Eisenbach. “And we must continue their noble work, wherever we may be.”
The event, to be held at the Chabad Community Center, 7 Village Green DR will take place on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. The memorial will include a dessert reception, a special video presentation, and a live feed with words of reflection and motivation from Jewish leaders from around the world, and will include Elie Wiesel, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Chief Rabbis.
“Despite the horrible tragedy of their death,” said Mina Eisenbach, co- director of the Chabad Lubavitch, “we must draw inspiration from their tireless dedication and devotion to others.”
There is no charge for this event. Donations in memory of the Holtzbergs, to the Holtzberg Childrens Fund of Chabad of Northwest Connecticut, is encouraged.