Holzbergs were beautiful couple, says Sacks

December 3, 2008
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The late Rabbi Gabriel Holzberg and his wife, Rivka

The late Rabbi Gabriel Holzberg and his wife, Rivka

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks told an emotional memorial service for the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks that the Jewish community would "rekindle the lights to banish terror and darkness from the world."

More than 400 people attended Wednesday evening's memorial service at Mill Hill United Synagogue in north west London. They included Rita Shaw, grandmother-in-law of Bentzion Chroman, one of those killed at Chabad's Nariman House, Dayan Avraham David of the Od Yosef Hai Indian community, and Ms Murugesan Subhashini, the press and information minister at the Indian High Commission in London.

Rabbi Sacks said that Rabbi Gavriel Holzberg and his wife Rivka, also killed in the attack, were "such a beautiful couple, open, warm and non-judgmental. I picture them in my mind as two holy people who spent their lives honouring God. We have been reminded how much needs to be redeemed in this dark and dangerous world."

Mill Hill's Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, who attended the funeral in Jerusalem of those who had been killed, said: "With the right determination, we will prevail against terror. We do not fear — we have the strength to carry on."

Psalms were read at the service by two Lubavitch rabbis, Nachman and Levi Sudak. The president of the Board of Deputies, Henry Grunwald, reminded the congregation: "The terrorists want death. We glory in life. If we give in to terror, then they have won and we must not allow that to happen."

    Last updated: 9:31pm, December 3 2008