Jason Song and Ted Rohrlich / Los Angeles Times
Jews in Los Angeles on Sunday mourned a slain couple who had run a Mumbai Jewish center besieged by terrorists. As local leaders decried the attack in India, arrangements were underway to move the emissaries’ 2-year-old son Moshe to Israel, where he will live with his maternal grandparents and the nanny who rescued him.
About 1,000 people attended a memorial at the West Coast headquarters of the ultra-Orthodox Chabad organization in Westwood, closing a stretch of Gayley Avenue as they paid tribute to Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, and vowed to remain steadfast in the face of the attacks.
Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, executive director of West Coast Chabad Lubavitch, addressed his remarks directly to the terrorists, saying, “You thought you would do us in, but . . . we the Jewish people, we who believe in light . . . we shall continue.”
To sustained applause, Marshall Grossman, the Chabad house chairman, said of the terrorists: “May they burn in hell.”