The program, organized by the Indian Embassy in Israel, the Indian Jewish Heritage Center (IJHC), and the Cochin Heritage Center, will include a name-reading ceremony, recollections of the victims by family and friends, dignitaries’ speeches, and a remembrance prayer. It will begin promptly at 8 p.m.
Rabbi Gavriel and Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who are Chabad emissaries, established their presence in the Chabad Center – Nariman House – in Mumbai shortly after they got married, a building which they had raised money to purchase.
Their son Moshe, who was two years old at the time, survived the attack – chiefly thanks to his nanny, Sandra Samuel who, after hours of taking refuge on the first floor of the six-floor building, heard Moshe’s cries, and found him lying next to his parents on the second floor. She pulled him out of the house and ran. Samuel currently resides in Israel to witness Moshe’s growth, but plans to move back to Mumbai to be with her sons.
In preparation for the memorial service, the director of Chabad in Thailand at the time, Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, decided not to renovate the wrecked floors, in an effort to remember and symbolize the tragedy.
The attack was allegedly orchestrated by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, LeT’s founder.
Saeed has continuously denied any involvement in the attacks. Pakistani authorities first placed him under house arrest in 2009. A month later he was cleared of all charges and was roaming the country freely until 2017, when his house arrest was reinstated. The Lahore High Court found no “tangible” evidence against Saeed at the time.