Rabbi and Wife Taken Hostage

In 2003, newly married Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka moved from Brooklyn to Mumbai, to manage Chabad house, a mix of educational center, synagogue, and social hall run by the Lubavitch Hasidic movement. On Wednesday, Chabad house became an unlikely target of the terrorist gunmen. Firing grenades and automatic weapons, the men took the Holtzbergs and at least six others hostage. The couple’s 2-year-old son, Moshe, and a cook managed to escape about 12 hours into the siege. The boy’s pants were soaked in blood when he emerged. By late Thursday afternoon in New York, there was still no news of his parents’ fate.