KETV 7 - Omaha Rabbi Knew Mumbai Victims

A couple who was killed in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai is being remembered in Omaha by people who knew them.

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, died in the Chabad House in Mumbai. They had moved there five years ago to run the Mumbai chapter of Chabad Lubavitch.

An Omaha rabbi said he knew the Holtzbergs and remembers them as idealistic, energetic and kind people. 

"They were feeding people who were traveling, people who needed a shoulder to lean on, people who were looking for guidance," said Rabbi Mendel Katzman. "It is a heinous, senseless, evil act and whether it is in Mumbai or in Omaha, it's happening next door, or it's happening to a brother or sister."

Katzman said even those who didn't know the Holtzbergs can honor their mission of peace, love and hope.

"(They were) randomly doing acts of goodness and kindness," he said. "That's all God's work."

The Holtzbergs had a son, Moshe, 2. A worker at the Chabad House in Mumbai rescued him during the attacks. The boy marked his second birthday on Friday and is now staying with his grandparents.

Katzman said he's praying for the Holtzbergs' souls on the Sabbath and prays that their good works will live on through other people.

Chabad Lubavitch set up a fund at this Web site to help Moshe and other victims in Mumbai.