Almost six years after terrorists stormed the Chabad-Lubavitch center in Mumbai, India, and murdered its directors and four guests, the storied building known as the Nariman House officially reopened Tuesday during a celebration attended by rabbis from across Asia and their guests.
“Today, as we look to the future, our message is one of perseverance and unshakable belief in the power of light over darkness,” Rabbi Yisroel Kozlovksy, the new director of Chabad of Mumbai, announced, according to Chabad.org. “We’re not moving into a new building. … We are returning to our original building, and we will be continuing all of the activities that took place here, and, hopefully, grow even more.”
The website reported that the reopening paves the way for the building of a $2.5 million museum in the apartment where the late Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg lived. Having arrived in Mumbai in 2003, they served an eclectic mix of Jewish business travelers and Israeli backpackers from the Nariman House. They and their guests fell victim to gunmen the night of several attacks across Mumbai that claimed 164 lives.
Their 2-year-old son, Moshe, famously escaped in the arms of his nanny, Sandra Samuel.