Hundreds of people crammed into the Yeshiva School gym Wednesday night to mourn and remember those killed at the Chabad House in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
A standing-room only crowd gathered to listen to several of the Chabad rabbis speak about the fateful events that transpired in India.
In addition to the rabbis, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and United Jewish Federation President Jeff Finkelstein also spoke about how the tragedy affects those in Pittsburgh and across the country.
To begin the ceremony, a short memorial video was played to honor the hostages that were killed in the Chabad House. In addition to Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah, Norma Shvarzblat Rabinovich, Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum, Bentzion Chroman and Yocheved Orpaz were also remembered in the video — all were killed in the Chabad House.
Later in the ceremony, a longer video was shown, with footage of the Holtzbergs in the Chabad House talking about why they had moved to Mumbai.
Six candles were lit — one for each person. Finally those in attendance rose and said the mourners kaddish.
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