Rabbi, Wife Slain in Mumbai Jewish Center

Other US victims were Virginia man and his teenage daughter
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 2:32 PM CST
This undated family photograph shows Alan Scherr, his daughter Naomi and wife Kia,   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The massacre in Mumbai has left at least four Americans dead: A Brooklyn-raised rabbi and his wife, and a Virginia man and his teenage daughter. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and Rivka Holtzberg, 28, were slain at a Jewish center they helped run. Family and friends in Brooklyn have one speck of good news: The couple's nanny managed to escape with their 2-year-old son, Moshe. “Today, he became an orphan,” a rabbi in Brooklyn told the New York Daily News

The other victims were Alan Scherr, a former art professor, and his daughter Naomi. Both were shot at the Oberoi hotel. The pair, members of the Synchronicity spiritual group, had traveled to Mumbai on a religioius pilgrimage. Naomi hoped to write about the trip as part of her application to a new school next year. Synchronicity called Scherr a “passionate meditation teacher who inspired many people to begin a journey of self-awareness."