When Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka left Brooklyn in 2003 to manage the Nariman House, the Jewish outreach center in Mumbai, they probably never imagined that their journey to serving the Jewish community would come to an end in the most unimaginable ways. Both Rabbu Holtzberg and his wife were killed during the terrorist attack of the Jewish center yesterday.
Below you will find audio clips from the series of SAJA Webcasts on Mumbai attacks where Rabbi Israel Derrin, emissary of Chabad in Connecticut, Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, spokesman for the Chabad movement and Prof. Ari Goldman, a professor a Columbia Journalism School who has written extensively about religion.
1. Rabbi Israel Derrin talks about Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and the services that he and the Chabad house in Mumbai provide to the Jewish guests and the Jewish community living in Mumbai.
2. Rabbi Israel Derrin explains the tradition of Chabad houses and the Chabad-Lubavitch movement which focuses on providing spiritual as well as material help for members of the Jewish community.
3. Columbia J-school professor Ari Goldman talks about his personal experience meeting Rabbi Holtzberg and the tradition behind sending emissaries such as Holtzberg and his wife to a specific outpost to serve the Jewish community.
4. Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin talks about Rabbi Holztberg and the amazing work he and his wife Rivka had been doing in the community.
Here is a piece from yesterday's TNR where Naresh Fernandes talks about the rich tradition of Jews in India.
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