The world first came to know “Baby Moshe,” or little Moishe Holtzberg, in November 2008 after the brutal slaying of his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, directors of the Chabad House in Mumbai, India.

Seven years later, Moshe, who is almost 9, lives in Afula, Israel, with his maternal grandparents—Rabbi Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg. Surrounded by family, he is said to be a happy, healthy boy.

The world will once again get to know Moshe when he leads thousands of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries from around the world and their guests in the recitation of Tehillim (Psalms) in Hebrew during the Nov. 8 gala dinner that concludes nearly a week of workshops, programs, a communal Shabbat dinner and more as part of the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim).

It was just days before Moshe’s second birthday when terrorists stormed the Chabad House in Mumbai, taking the toddler, his parents and several tourists hostage on Nov. 26. Moshe’s nanny, Sandra Samuel, was also in the building but had managed to hide in a room downstairs. She emerged only when she heard Moshe’s cries and found him standing between his parents’ bodies. Without thinking, she grabbed him and ran, reciting Psalm 23 as she fled the building, which was known as the “Nariman House.”

In addition to his role at the gala, Moshe will participate along with many other boys in simultaneous Kinus programs for children.

Moshe Holtzberg in Israel, where he lives with relatives, praying in the airport before he boards a flight to New York. He will participate in simultaneous Kinus programs for children.
Moshe Holtzberg in Israel, where he lives with relatives, praying in the airport before he boards a flight to New York. He will participate in simultaneous Kinus programs for children.