Jennifer Husko – NBC 40
Members of the Atlantic and Cape May County Jewish community came together as one during a memorial prayer service for six of their brothers and sisters and colleagues, Rabbi Gabi and his wife Mrs. Rivki Holzberg who were murdered in the Chabad House, or community center they directed in Mumbai.
“Rabbi Holzberg and his wife were selfless people who dedicated their life to others and to total strangers even if they didn’t know the people, welcomed them with open arms,” explained Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, Chabad at the Shore.
Because everyone is welcome at a Chabad House regardless of faith, background and knowledge in Judaism. While no one knew the Holzberg’s personally, they all share deeply in the loss.
“Knowing the kind of life they lived people wanted to come out and take part in this memorial…of course also to stand together in solidarity against terrorism and in memory of all the people who lost their lives and all the people that are injured.”
The couple is survived by their two-year-old son, Moshe’le. “He doesn’t have any parents anymore and we can’t even begin to feel the pain that he’s experienced, the confusion he has.”
They refer to him as the “Mumbai Miracle”, and know he will continue his parents’ legacy as he grows up.
They created a mitzvot or good deeds for Mumbai campaign as a way to give back and make a difference in the world around us.
“We encourage people to add a little light to this dark world, the terrorists want to bring darkness to our world, we add good deeds to bring a little more light and something we can do…the way we can fight back.”