Hundreds of people from all backgrounds and affiliations came to the Sea Breeze Jewish Center, to memorialize the victims of terror at the Chabad House in Mumbai. The event was organized by the local Chabad Houses in West Brighton and Manhattan Beach, honoring their sister Chabad House in Mumbai.
Leading Rabbis joined important political figures to condemn acts of terrorism against innocent victims wherever they are. Also present were local emigrants from India who joined the commemoration and came to pay respect to the Jewish victims in Mumbai.
Through words and video presentations, the assembled remembered the murdered Chabad Shliach Rabbi Gavriel and his wife Rivkah Holtzberg, and took inspiration from their absolute dedication to doing good onto others.
“The message of Chabad is universal, every person can turn their own home into a Chabad House, by taking inspiration from the Holtzbergs’ lives,” said Rabbi Zushe Winner, the Rabbi of the Seabreeze Jewish Center and the leading Chabad representative in the Brighton Beach area .
Congressman Anthony Weiner condemned all acts of terror aimed to hurt decent people everywhere and he called on all to also remember the US troops fighting terrorism in Iraq. The condemnation against violence was echoed by the other government officials including Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny; Councilman Dominic Recchia and Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Rabbi Chaim Bomzer of the Rabbinical Board of Flatbush called on all to counter evil with more good. The memorial was also addressed by Rabbi Faivel Rimler of the New Brighton Jewish Center; Rabbi Eli Greenwald of the Sephardic Synagogue; Rabbi Sholom Simpson of the the Oceanview Jewish Center; Rabbis Avrohom Okonov and Choni Goldman of FREE in Brighton; Rabbi Zelikovitch of the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center; Rabbi Shlomo Cohen of Chabad of Sheepshead Bay and Rabbi Efraim Zaltsman of the Young Israel of Brighton.
“The Lubavitch Rebbe taught us that when Chabad is challenged, it rises to the occasion with more expansion and increased strength. How do we fight darkness? With light. Chabad is therefore beginning a special Mitzvah campaign bringing even more light to the world,” said Rabbi Avrohom Winner, Chabad Shliach to Manhattan Beach.