Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell proclaimed tomorrow, Nov. 18, as a “Day of Goodness” in her state in memory of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the slain heads of the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, who perished along with four of their Jewish guests when terrorists stormed the center one year ago.Dated to coincide with worldwide observances of the first anniversary since the attack, the proclamation notes the dedication of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Center in Glastonbury – which will host a statewide memorial ceremony the night of the anniversary – toward achieving peace and harmony in the state of Connecticut.
“We must remember the good that Gabi and Rivkah stand for,” said Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky, director of the Glastonbury center. “And we must continue their noble work, wherever we may be.
At the memorial ceremony, Rabbi Yisrael Deren, the Stamford-based regional director of Chabad in Southern and Eastern New England, will speak about the Holtzbergs’ legacy of “tireless dedication and devotion to others.”
Meanwhile, State Comptroller Nancy Wyman will unveil a special memorial plaque honoring the couple.