(JTA) -- Tentative plans for a new Chabad House in Mumbai feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city.
The plans for the new Nariman House, on the site of the previous Chabad House, are pending consultations with security experts, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Chabad organization.
For security reasons, the Chabad House in Mumbai has been operating since the attacks from an undisclosed location under the direction of the new permanent Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries there, Rabbi Chanoch and Leah Gechtman.
As the Chabad movement mourns the shocking murders of two of its emissaries and four visitors in Mumbai, India, other representatives of the international Jewish outreach movement from Costa Rica to South Korea to Long Island are scrambling to review security procedures and put into place new protective measures.
Rabbi Osher Litzman, the Chabad representative of the recently opened Chabad House in Seoul, South Korea, told
The Jewish Week that security for the Jewish community has always been very tight and will only get stronger post-Mumbai.
Someone wondered: What effect would the Mumbai attack by Islamic terrorists have upon Chabad’s presence in dangerous places?
I never met Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg or Rebbetzin Rivkah Holtzberg, martyrs of the Mumbai massacre, but I met more than a thousand of their spiritual brothers and sisters, the shluchim and shluchot, the rebbe’s emissaries, and here’s what they always told me when the situation was darkest.
After the tumult and shouting, there was death in the silence. Mops washed blood off linoleum. To know a foreign country you have to smell it, said Kipling, who knew India well, and Mumbai had the smell of smoke and fear, said survivors. It was the stench akin to New York’s Ground Zero, when army gurneys rolled in the night and Lower Manhattan smelled like a foreign country. It’s a smell still hanging over Berlin.
‘Clothes make the man,” said Mark Twain. “Naked people have little to no influence on society.” But when it comes to the media, there’s little other than clothes that can justify calling Chabad “ultra-Orthodox,” and even at that, they dress in ways that would fit in at Yeshiva University.