An evening full of emotion and memories took place at the Beit Chabad of Milan, Italy, but speakers also focused on the future.
It was a memorial tribute for the Jews killed a year ago during a terror attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai.
Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, father of Rivka Holtzberg – co-director of Chabad of Mumbai who was killed one year ago, arrived in Milan on his way back from a memorial in India.
In an emotional speech, Rosenberg spoke about efforts made to uphold the Holtzberg couple’s legacy, including buildings in Mumbai and Afula, Israel.
Rosenberg described how his grandson Moishy Holtzberg, miraculously saved from the terrorists, walked over to kiss a picture of his parents the first time he put on Tzitzis.
Other speakers at the event were rabbis Moshe Shaikevitz, director of the Chabad center; Gershon Mendel Garelik, Head Shliach to Italy; Igal Hazan, Rabbi of Beit Menachem; David Sciunnach, Deputy Chief Rabbi of Milan; Moshe Lazar and the President of the Jewish Community of Milan, Leone Soued.
Jewish attorney Raphael Nemni read greetings from the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.
One of the highlights of the event was when Mrs. Geula Nemni presented the idea of building the Milan Jewish Center, an initiative inspired by the Chabad in Mumbai.