Mumbai: Over a year and a half after it
convulsed in violence, a new rabbi and his wife will soon
arrive in the city to take charge of the Mumbai Chabad House,
a target of the 26/11 attacks.
"A new rabbi and his wife have been appointed. Rabbi
Chanoch and Leiky Gechman will arrive in Mumbai to take charge
of the Mumbai Chabad House," a source from the Chabad House
said here on condition of anonymity.
The source also did not divulge when the new couple
will assume charge of the establishment which has moved to a
new "undisclosed" premises from Nariman House in Colaba.
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of the
educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, announced their
appointment in Washington on Wednesday.
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed by two
terrorists who seized Nariman House for nearly three days
before being felled themselves by NSG commandos.
There were media reports that no couple was coming
forward to head the establishment in Mumbai.
"But now, there`s a rabbi who just got his visa on
Friday and will be going there in a few weeks to continue
their work and revive Chabad activities in Mumbai," the
Chabad`s website quoted Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky.
The Holtzberg ran the Jewish outreach centre in
Colaba, south Mumbai which had an educational centre and a
synagogue, offered drug prevention services and stay to the
people of their faith.
Gechman had first come to Mumbai in 2006 to assist the
Holtzbergs after the birth of their son Moshe, the website
said. The couple has visited the city several times since
The new rabbi who was in shock when he heard about the
terror attack, after his appointment, said, "I enjoyed it very
much. I would learn with any Jew who came in, whatever they
wanted to learn."
He further said, "There is endless work here. There is
always something going on. And more importantly, people really
believe in this city. The place with a lot of energy, full of