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Jewish Community Holds Mumbai Memorial

Sharoni Wong Sharoni Wong

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's been more than a week since the tragic Mumbai terror attacks in India. Nearly 200 people died, including a Rabbi and his wife. Today a memorial was held in their honor.

Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were directors of a Chabad in Mumbai. Their mission was to help the small local Jewish community, offering everyone kosher meals, a place to stay and a place to learn. Sharoni Wong says she was one of many people welcomed into their home.

"To be 29-and-28 years old and to touch the number of lives that they touched is something few people can claim to have done in their lives," says Friend Sharoni Wong

The Holtzbergs went to Mumbai in 2003. 2 years ago they raised enough money to purchase a five-story building which they turned into a Chabad House.

"Truly breaks my heart, truly breaks my heart because it was intended for such good," says Sharoni Wong.

As tragic as the terror attacks were, nothing will keep Sharoni from visiting Mumbai again, the place that became a a big part of her life, and where she met two of her closest friends.

"It's always going to be a second home to me and a big reason of that is because of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka who gave me a place to call home a people to call my family," says Sharoni Wong.

It's a day of rememberance for all those who lost their lives in Mumbai, including one couple who opened their doors to anyone who was in need of their help.

The Holtzbergs are survived by their toddler son who escaped with his nanny hour before terrorists stormed the building.

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