Monday, December 1, 2008

Tears, shock as Mumbai's Jews mourn rabbi

There were emotional scenes at a Mumbai synagogue Monday as a two-year-old orphan cried out for his parents -- a Jewish rabbi and his wife murdered by Islamic militants.

Moshe Holtzberg cried out as he accompanied his grieving grandparents and dignitaries including Israel's ambassador to India, Mark Sofer, at the synagogue memorial service.

The toddler's parents -- Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka -- were among those who died when heavily armed Islamist extremists stormed into the Nariman House complex in the Colaba Market area where they lived and worked.

So far, the bodies of six Jews have been identified and an Israeli official said the toll could be higher as forensic teams try to identify more.

The five-storey building, also called Chabad House after the ultra-orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement, served as an educational centre, synagogue and a hostel for Israeli tourists.
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