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Mumbai Chabad house, closed after 2008 attack, reopens

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The Chabad center in Mumbai, India, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is reopening.

Nariman House, the six-story home of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, was rededicated on Aug. 26.

A series of attacks in the Indian city in November 2008 by members of a Pakistan-based terror group left 166 people dead, including six at the Mumbai Chabad house, which was targeted along with luxury hotels, a train station and a popular cafe.

Chabad emissaries Rabbi Gabriel and Rivky Holtzberg were killed in the center along with four visitors. Their son Moshe, then 2 years old, escaped and now lives in Israel with his grandparents. His Indian babysitter, who risked her life to save him during the attack, also relocated to Israel.

Since the attack, Chabad in Mumbai has continued its activities in temporary locations throughout the city directed by Rabbi Yisroel Kozlovsky and his wife, Chaya.

“We’re not moving into a new building; we are returning to our original building, and we will be continuing all of the activities that took place here, and hopefully, grow even more,” Kozlovsky told Chabad.org. “We remember what happened, but we are working for the future.”

During the reopening, Chabad unveiled plans for a $2.5 million Jewish museum that will occupy the fourth and fifth floors of the building.

Some 25 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis from across Asia, including locations such as Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, will meet at the newly renovated center for the Asian regional gathering of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis. — jta


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