Kindness of murdered Chabad couple ‘knew no bounds’

December 5, 2008

The 250 people at a Leeds Lubavitch Centre memorial service for those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad House included three community members who had received hospitality from Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.

Angela Frieze, who had dined at Mumbai Chabad earlier this year, recalled the Holtzbergs as “a caring couple. The work they did will be sadly missed by those of us who were honoured enough to meet them.”

Rivka Holtzberg had comforted Rachel Taylor, whose grandmother had died in Leeds while she was in Mumbai. “Her parting words after presenting me with a book of tehillim [psalms] were: 'Keep strong'”.

Sheila and John Collins had also enjoyed the Holtzbergs’ hospitality. “Their kindness knew no bounds, even to the extent of sending food to our hotel so that we would have a kosher meal,” Mr Collins said.

Last updated: 4:33pm, August 17 2009