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Girls and Boys Named after Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg

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Chana Rivka
Bitton

Vancouver, BC
October 2009
Rivka
Hott

Brooklyn, NY
February 2009
Gavriel Noach Chaim Sabol
Monsey, NY
January 2009
Gavriel Noach
Emmer

Milwaukee, WI
June 2009
Gavriel Noach
Kievman

Liverpool, England
December 2008
         
Gavriel Noach
Levitin

Wilkes-Barre, PA
November 2009
Gavriel Noach
Lew

London, England
February 2009
Rivkah
Goldberg

S. Paulo, Brazil
October 2009
Rivkah Chanah
Leibowitz

Los Angeles, CA
January 2009
Gavriel Noach
Pelman
Guatemala City
December 2008
         
Gavriel Noach
van Loon

Almere, Netherlands
Age: 63
Rivka
Pink

Plantation, FL
December 2008
Rochel Rivka
Rodkin

Brighton, MA
February 2009
Gavriel Noach
Geisinsky

Cedarhurst, NY
September 2009
Gavriel Noach
Kaplan
Milan, Italy
December 2008
         
Rivka
Hazan

Milan, Italy
April 2009
Rivka
Gevirtz

Berlin, Germany
October 2009
Rivka
Bongart

Brooklyn, NY
December 2008
Gavriel Noach
Mlynsky

Sydney, Australia
October 2009
Gavriel Noach Strasberg
Media, PA
November 2009
         
Gavriel Noach
Wilhelm

Brooklyn, NY
November 2008
Rivka
Kulek
West Hartford, CT
January 2009
Rivka
Ives

Brussels, Belgium
December 2008
Yehudah Gavriel Noach Katzabi
Ramat Hasharon, Israel
November 2008
Gavriel Noach
Druk
Cancun, Mexico
December 2008
         
Gavriel Noach
Djian

Sarcelles, France
December 2008
Gavriel Noach
Weingarten

East Lansing, MI
December 2008
Esther Rivka
Brod

Kfar Chabad, Israel
December 2008
Gavriel Noach
Leiberow

Brooklyn, NY
December 2008
Rivka
Marasow
Montreal, Canada
November 2008
         
Rivkah
Brown

Brussels, Belgium
December 2008
Rivka Brocho
Sukhodolsky

St. Louis, MO
July 2009
Rivka Bracha
Amar

Golden Beach, FL
July 2009
Rochel Soshe Rivka
Friedman
Gavriel Noach
Gopin
Coconut Creek, FL
December 2008
         
Gavriel
Klazkin

 
Rivka
Blesofsky

Yorba Linda, CA
March 2008
Moshe Gavriel
Lifshitz

Boise, ID
January 2009
Rivkah
Banon

Montreal, Canada
January 2009
Rivkah Chaya
Citrin
Atlanta, GA
November 2008
         
Miriam Gavrielle Rivkah
Horowitz

 
Gavriel Noach
Gordon

Charlotte, NC
September 2009
Gavriel Chaim
Shapiro

Flagstaff, AZ
December 2008
Rivka
Vasershten

S. Fe, Argentina
July 2009
Gavriel Noach
Jacobson
Des Moines, IA
July 2009
         
Gavriel Noach
Touger

Spring Valley, NY
 
Hinda Rivka
Friedman

Ashdod, Israel
April 2009
Rivkah
Lifshitz

Katmandu, Nepal
April 2009
 Gavriel Noach
Leiter

Safed, Israel
 
 Batsheva Rivkah
Fogelman

Worcester, MA
April 2009
         
Gavriel Noach
Storfer

Brooklyn, NY
August 2009
 Freida Rivka
Levy
Los Angeles, CA
December 2008
 Rivkah
Friend

Brooklyn, NY
April 2009
 Gabriel Noach
Benayon

Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 2009
 Rivkah
Krinsky
Hillsborough, NJ
August 2009
         
Rivkah
Kaler

Baltimore, MD
September 2009
Libi Rivka
Foa'

Milan, Italy
April 2009
 Gavriel Osher Chaim Zahavy
Bergenfield, NJ
February 2009
Reuven Gavriel
Yarmush

Bellingham, WA
January 2009
 Sharonah Rivka
Abraham

Israel
         
Shmuel Gavriel
Abraham

Israel
Liam Gavriel
Sapan

Los Angeles, CA
April, 2009
Rivka Chaya
Levitt

Philadelphia, PA
April 2009
Rivka
Weinman

Manchester, England
November 2009

Gavriel Simcha Gedalia
Cohen

Pittsburgh, PA
July 2009

         
Gavriel Boruch
Bonnardel

Aventura, FL
July 2009
Gavriel Noach Tzemach Zekri
S. Cloud, France
November 2009
Kayla Rivkah
Goldblatt

Las Vegas, NV
August 2009
Rivka Zwick
Johannesburg,
South Africa
June 2009
 Chananya Gavriel
Kelman

Los Angeles, CA
September 2009
         
     
Naomi Rivkah
Gordon

Los Angeles, CA
March 2009
Kayla Rebecca
Great Neck, NY
February 2009
 Gavriel Noach Runyan
Beit Shemesh, Israel
May 2010
 Rivkah Leverton
West Windsor, NJ
November 2011
 Gavriel Noach Rosen
Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel
December 2009
         
 Rivka Nesamani
Erode, India
November 2011

It was Shabbat morning, November 29, 2008, one day after the siege at the Mumbai Chabad House ended and the news of the murder of the Holtzbergs and their guests was broadcast around the world.

In Atlanta, GA, Mr. Yaakov Citrin approached Rabbi Yossi Lew, the local Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, and told him that his wife had yesterday given birth to a baby girl. Mr. Citrin received an aliyah to the Torah and named his daughter after Rivkah Holtzberg.

A few days later, on Tuesday, the day of Gabi and Rivky's funeral in Israel, in the Crown Height section of Brooklyn, Levi and Rivky Wilhelm celebrated the brit milah (circumcision) of their son, born to them eight days earlier. The boy was named Gavriel Noach.

These children named after Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg were followed by many more. According to the estimate provided by the parents of the slain couple, to date of the writing of this article in honor of the first anniversary of the couple's untimely demise, nearly 500 children carry the names of Gabi and Rivky.

Chani Lifshitz of Katmandu, Nepal, addresses the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries in February 2009.
Chani Lifshitz of Katmandu, Nepal, addresses the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries in February 2009.

The above list is incomplete. For example, we know that on that same Tuesday when the funeral was held, two circumcisions were celebrated in Kiev, Ukraine, with both boys given the name Gavriel Noach. We don't however have their full names or pictures.

We request of anyone who has information regarding other children named after the Holtzbergs to share the information with us, so that we can share it with the world.

To conclude with a fascinating story:

On Tuesday, November 25, 2008, the day before the terrorists invaded the Mumbai Chabad House, Rivky Holtzberg was talking to her dear friend Chani Lifshitz, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Katmandu, Nepal.

Chani was pregnant at the time, and Rivky assured her friend that she would come to Nepal when she gave birth to celebrate and help take care of her newborn child.

The child, a girl, was born on April 2nd. Her name is Rivky Lifshitz. Without a doubt, Rivky Holtzberg was there with Chani when she gave birth...

Some of the photos courtesy of JLI (the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute).
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Leah Lawrence Meridian, Idaho November 25, 2009

I can think of no finer legacy for Gavi and Rivky than the multitude of precious Jewish children who will grow up knowing that they were named for such precious, loving souls. G-d's blessings on all our children. Reply

Rabbi Wineberg Kansas CIty, KS November 25, 2009

The story is told of a childless couple who supported Torah scholars.

Later the Baal Shem Tov took his disciples to a town which everyone (i.e. the children) all had the same names, with the explanation that they were named after the donor.

Although Rivky and Gabi lived for too short, their life after passing will be eternal - kindled by the spark of Jewish identity found within the fellowship felt between Jews.

Every act of terrorism only inspires - ironically terrorism does far more eternal good than temporary damage. Reply

Moshe gideon Schenectady, NY November 21, 2009

It is obvious from the response of the Jewish world that Life and the living is the greatest testimony we can give our passed friends and family.(May they rest in peace). May G-d bless their name sakes, with love and fill their hearts with charity. Reply

elinorbatnoah November 20, 2009

Such a beautiful reply to such a brutal act, May G-d keep all these kids safe and healthy, give them all long lives, apway from any harm. G-d bless the memorry of the martyred Chabad Rabbi Gavreil and Rivkah, they will stay in my heart forever. Reply

YBR Passaic, NJ via fcnj.com November 18, 2009

In memory of the Holzbergs, I donated to Crib Efrat to save babies. One baby was saved already by my donation,
With G-d's help, others will also be saved. Reply

Sean M. Teaford Metuchen, NJ November 18, 2009

On a day wrought with the pain of memory, this is a beautiful point of light that has illuminated my day. Reply

Anonymous brooklyn, ny November 17, 2009

my daughter cherna rivka is 8 months old. she is named after rivka holtzberg and my grandmother Reply