Mikvah Mei Menachem in Pikesville, Maryland has been refurbished in honor of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg.
The couple is memorialized with a “Wall of Remembrance,” which includes a marble plaque that reads, “May their merit be a blessing for all those who immerse in these waters.”
“This wall of remembrance is a message of life, survival and hope, all of which the mikvah symbolizes,” said Rochelle Kaplan, director of the Chabad Center in Pikesville. “It is most appropriate to remember the Holtzberg couple at this facility, because their life exemplified purity, self-sacrifice and the very best of humanity.”
At a recent dedication ceremony, Gabi’s sister, Rikal Kaler, spoke of her brother and sister-in-law and their exceptional deeds, which have become famous throughout the world since the Chabad Center in Mumbai was attacked.
Donations in the couple’s memory helped refurbish the mikvah with beige and aqua ceramic tiles on the walls, stained-glass windows depicting Biblical women and water images.
In her speech, Kaler said countless stories surfaced after Gabi’s death of his amazing kindness to all he met.
“Hearing from complete strangers how you helped them, not only reaffirmed and strengthened our love and appreciation for you, but empowered us to be better ourselves.”