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
Rabbi, Wife Slain in Mumbai Jewish Center
This undated family photograph shows Alan Scherr, his daughter Naomi and wife Kia,   (AP Photo)

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." (More Mumbai stories.)

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