Moshe Holtzberg, who lost parents in Mumbai attack, celebrates Bar Mitzvah

Jewish musicians sang with Moshe in a special helicopter hired to make his day extra special.

September 19, 2019 15:00
Moshe Holtzberg's Bar Mitzvah celebrations

Moshe Holtzberg's Bar Mitzvah celebrations. (photo credit: SCREENSHOT/ CROWN HEIGHTS NEWS)

There were only two people missing from Moshe Holtzberg's Bar Mitzvah celebrations this week in Stony Point, New York - his parents, Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, who were murdered by terrorists in November 2008, while acting as Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, India.

Moshe performed the special Jewish ritual of hanachat tefilin – putting on phylacteries for the first time, when a boy reaches his 13th birthday.

Family and friends of the Holzbergs came from far and wide to celebrate this meaningful event in Moshe's life.

Jewish musicians, including Benny Friedman, Eli Marcus and Lipa Shmeltzer, also joined in the celebrations and sang with Moshe in a special helicopter hired to make Moshe's day extra special.

Being very much rooted in the Chabad tradition, Moshe paid a visit the grave of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

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