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Jewish centre Chabad House reopened 6 years after 26/11 terror attacks

Aug 27, 2014 10:56 IST

The Jewish centre, Chabad House, also called Nariman House, in Mumbai was reopened on 26 August 2014. It was reopened nearly six years after the 26/11 terror attack in November 2008. A synagogue and kosher kitchen are part of the new set up.

The fully renovated six-storey Nariman House is located in South Mumbai's Colaba area. On the occasion of re-opening it saw a special gathering of 25 Rabbis representing the Jewish community from all over Asia.

The renovated Chabad House will have a Jewish Museum. The top two floors of the building will house a memorial dedicated to the victims of the attack. The terrace of the House will have names of all 166 victims of the attack. However, to keep the memories of the attack alive, the bullet marks have been left intact on the walls.

26/11 terror attack on Chabad House

Nariman House or Chabad House of Mumbai was one of the targets of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The terrorists attack on the building claimed life of six occupants of the building including the owner of the building Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his five-month pregnant wife Rivka. However, their son Moshe, then two-year-old, had survived the attack.

The other targets of the 26/11 terror attacks in November 2008 were the Taj hotel, Leopold Cafe and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

About Chabad House

The Chabad House centre is one of eight synagogues in Mumbai. It was opened in 2003. It caters mainly to Jews living in Mumbai and Israelis who may be visiting the city. Such centres are operated by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in more than 73 countries. Instructions on the Torah (Jewish religious teachings) are also conducted at the centre.

This Chabad House is one of 4000 such houses in 73 countries, typically run by husband-and-wife couples.

About Chabad-Lubavitch Movement

A chassidic movement founded by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi in the latter part of the 18th century that emphasizes the importance of Chabad. Chabad, also a philosphy, is an acronym for Chochmoh, Binah, Da’at (wisdom, understanding and knowledge). The concept of studying and understanding G-d and His relationship with the world. Lubavitch is the name of the townlet in the county of Mohilev, White Russia, which served as the center of the Chabad Chassidism for four generations.

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