On Sunday, a crowd of about 300 gathered at the Beth Aharon Forem Chabad House in Tenafly, under the leadership of Shliach Rabbi Mordechai Shain, for a memorial service for Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg HY”D.
Rabbi Shmuel Butman told the crowd about traveling to Jerusalem to attend the Holtzberg’s funeral.
“All the emotions and the love that you felt from everyone in those hours were unforgettable,” he said.
Butman said the Holtzbergs helped Jews of all kinds, from Orthodox Jews searching for Kosher food or those who needed assistance, even bail money in some cases.
“He took care of everyone, with a smile,” Butman said.
Mr. Charles Wimpfheimer, of Englewood, New Jersey, spoke of having met the Holtzbergs while in Mumbai recently. He left Mumbai on November 25, two days before the start of the terror attacks.
“They had an open, welcoming home,” he said, “They just made you feel comfortable.” He added that they exemplified what Chabad is here for.
The memorial concluded with the dedication of a new Torah in memory of the victims.