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Local memorial service planned for slain Israelis in Mumbai

Posted December 6, 2008 4:27 p.m. EST

— A service will be held in Saturday night in Raleigh to pray for the families of a rabbi and his wife who were slain in a Mumbai Chabad house during a deadly three day rampage through the Indian city last Wednesday.

Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, 29, and his 28-year-old wife, Rivka, were among six Israelis killed when gunmen struck Chabad House, the Mumbai headquarters of the Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

The two were outreach envoys dispatched to Mumbai as part of the movement's attempt to bring its brand of Judaism to Jews across the world, running an open house aimed mainly at Jewish travelers and merchants.

A total of 172 people killed in the three-day attack.

The memorial service is being held at Chabad Center of Raleigh, 7400 Falls of Neuse Road, at 7:30 p.m., organizers said.