Jewish Journal


December 15, 2008

My interview in Mumbai with Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg



My photo of Mumbai Chabad menorah

In the past couple of weeks since the tragedy in Mumbai, I have read many accounts of what happened at the Chabad House.

I, like many, was horrified by the murder of the young couple running the Chabad House. But it took a Republican Jewish Coalition newsletter to remind me that I once sat in that now infamous building.

A picture they used to illustrate one of the items on their newsletter “Silence=Acceptance” was actually a photo I took of the outside of the Chabad House in Mumbai. Thinking the photo looked vaguely familiar, I searched for it on the internet and found it with an article I wrote during a trip to India with my religion writing class from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

While in Mumbai, I wrote about the flood of Israelis who visit India after their army service and I sought out the Chabad House as the natural place to find and interview such Israelis.

There, I interviewed Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.


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