During their brief lifetime, Rabbi Gavriel (Gabi) and Rivkah (Rivky) Holtzberg, of righteous memory, lovingly built and nurtured their Chabad House. Their kindness and devotion impacted the members of the Mumbai community as well as many Jewish tourists and backpackers who made their way through the largest Indian city.

Today, their presence is felt worldwide, in the many institutions that have been established to perpetuate their memory and legacy of light.

Here is a description of just some of the institutions bearing the names of Gavriel (or, as he was better known, "Gabi") and Rivkah:

S. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Shortly after the Massacre in Mumbai, Rabbi Asher and Henya Federman, the directors of Chabad Lubavitch of the Virgin Islands, opened the Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg Jewish Welcome Center. The center serves kosher snacks and hosts an internet cafe, themed displays, a children's corner featuring arts and crafts and other activities, and weekday prayer services, all in close proximity to the island's tourism hotspots.

The sign on the Visitors Center in S. Thomas.
The sign on the Visitors Center in S. Thomas.

East Bentleigh, Australia

In March of 2009, a new kindergarten was established by Chabad-Lubavitch of East Bentleigh, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, named Gan Gabi and Rivkah.

The kindergarten was established while Rabbi and Mrs. Nachman Holtzberg were visiting Australia, and they were present at its dedication. Visibly emotional, Rabbi Holtzberg asserted that creating new educational institutions that teach the values of love and peace are the best response to terrorism.

Website of the Holtzberg East Bentleigh kindergarten.
Website of the Holtzberg East Bentleigh kindergarten.

Har Chomah, Jerusalem, Israel

Also this past March, a newly constructed kindergarten in the Har Chomah neighborhood of Jerusalem was dedicated and named Ganei Gabi v'Rivky. The kindergarten is part of the extensive network of Chabad-Lubavitch pre schools in Jerusalem.

The dedication was attended by many rabbis, dignitaries, members of the Knesset and the mayor. Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon Rosenberg, parents of Rivkah Holtzberg, were also in attendance. Rabbi Rosenberg was honored with unveiling the sign for the new kindergarten, featuring a picture of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his murdered emissaries to India.

Dedication of the pre-school in Har Chomah.
Dedication of the pre-school in Har Chomah.

Issaquah, Washington

Before Rosh Hashanah of 2009, Chabad-Lubavitch in Issaquah, WA, known as "Chabad of the Central Cascades," dedicated their new Chabad house in loving memory of the Holzbergs

Lt. Governor Brad Owen and Issaquah mayor Ava Frisinger also took part in the ceremony, which also featured the dedication of a new Torah Scroll into the new Chabad House.

Unveiling the sign for the new Chabad House in Issaquah.
Unveiling the sign for the new Chabad House in Issaquah.

Yahud, Israel

In the summer of 2009, Chabad-Lubavitch of Yahud, Israel, completed the construction of Midreshiat Rivkah, a women's Torah academy, named after Rivkah Holtzberg.

This academy, open to all the women of the city, offers classes to small groups of women, in order to maximize the individual attention for each student—following the example of the one after whom the academy is named...

Rome, Italy

Gan Rivka, the second Chabad-Lubavitch pre-school in Rome, opened its doors in September of 2008 in the Monteverde quarter of Rome, home to thousands of Jews of Roman and Libyan descent. As the Hazan's started building their new community and got to know more families the need and demand for a pre-school arose and the Gan opened its doors. At the time, it was simply named Gan Yeladim, "children's kindergarten," but just two months into the school year when the Mumbai Massacre occurred, the pre-school was renamed Gan Rivka in memory of the Holtzbergs. Gan is the Hebrew word used for kindergarten, but it's also the acronym of Rabbi Holtzberg's name, Gavriel Noach; and Rivka is in memory of Mrs. Holtzberg.

Children playing in the Gan Rivkah in Rome.
Children playing in the Gan Rivkah in Rome.

Marin County, California

Another Gan Rivkah was opened in March of 2009 by Chabad-Lubavitch of Marin, CA. This "Mommy & Me" program for Jewish moms and tots was launched and dedicated in memory of the Holtzbergs. The group is geared for children, who, together with their moms, learn about their Jewish heritage by means of crafts, games and sing alongs with a special emphasis on developing each child's creativity.

Since its opening, the program's attendance has steadily grown.

Jewish children study about their heritage in the Marin County Gan Rivkah.
Jewish children study about their heritage in the Marin County Gan Rivkah.

London, England

In May, a new Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue that opened in Hendon, Northwest London, was named Beis Gavriel.

A number of the members of this synagogue had traveled to India in the past, meeting Gabi and Rivkah along the way. In July, the members of the synagogue met with Rabbi and Mrs. Nachman Holtzberg, parents of the slain Mumbai rabbi. "Thank G‑d, they were impressed by what we established," says Rabbi Menachem Junik, director of Beis Gavriel.

Seoul, Korea

In June of 2009, Chabad of Korea opened the country's first Jewish library.

Rabbi Osher Litzman, who opened the Chabad House in Seoul in 2008 was moved to open a library and dedicate it to the Holtzbergs after learning that the bookshelves were the only part of Mumbai's Chabad House not destroyed in the terrorist attacks.

The Holtzberg Library in Seoul.
The Holtzberg Library in Seoul.

Morris Park, NY

Chabad at Einstein, serving the Morris Park, NY, community and the students and faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, is launching a bikur cholim (hospital visitation) project.

Included in this project is the dedication of a new hospitality home, the Holtzberg Hospitality Home. This project will endeavor to meet the needs of families of patients in the medical center. The services will be mostly provided by volunteer from amont he college's student body.

An invitation to the dedication of the Holtzberg Hospitality Home at the Einstein Medical Center.
An invitation to the dedication of the Holtzberg Hospitality Home at the Einstein Medical Center.

College Station, Texas

Though this one isn't a new institution, it merits mention due to its uniqueness. Chabad-Lubavitch at Texas A&M University constructed a Holy Ark that is a replica of the Ark that graced the Chabad House in Mumbai. (Due to height restriction, the domed top of the Ark was not replicated.)

Along the top of the Ark is inscribed: "In memory of Rabbi Gavriel Noach and Rivkah Holtzberg."

On the right: the ark in Mumbai. On the left: the replicated ark in Chabad of Texas A&M.
On the right: the ark in Mumbai. On the left: the replicated ark in Chabad of Texas A&M.