Over 100 people came together Thursday from the metro Denver area and beyond for a tribute concert in memory of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg who were murdered in a terror attack at their Chabad House in Mumbai.
The concert was held at the Denver Museum of Art and was a joint project of the Chabad Houses of Colorado.
Opening remarks were given by community member Aviva Kashuk, Melanie Perlman, executive director of The Cell and shluchim Rabbis Yisroel Engel and Benjy Brackman.
A JEM video presentation in tribute to the Holtzbergs and accompanied by excerpts of the Rebbe was shown.
Headlining, was up-and-coming artist Moshe Hecht from Brooklyn, NY who is a few months away from debuting his first album produced by Grammy winner Steven Ray Allen.
Hecht’s eclectic blend of folk, reggae and spiritual tales inspired the audience. The highlight of the evening was the song “Lamplighters” dedicated to the Holtzbergs.
The song compares a chossid to a lamp lighter who is ready to go the most remote place to bring light. Hecht was accompanied by Schneur Menaker on the keyboard and local musicians Janelle Hu on the violin and Laura Schulkind on the flute.
Before the concert began guests enjoyed a dessert reception and tour of The Cell (The Center for Empowered Living & Learning) an experiential and interactive state-of-the-art multimedia exhibit educate visitors to the threat of terrorism.