LOS ANGELES -- Local memorial services for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India -- one of 25 "Sister Cities" of Los Angeles -- were held Sunday.
One memorial and prayer service was held at the ultra-orthodox Jewish Chabad House in Westwood for Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, both 29, who were among those killed in the attacks.
"You (terrorists) cannot make us fail," he told more than 300 people seated in front of the house. "You really can't. Our people live through all of tragedy."
In Jewish orthodox tradition, women sat to the left of the podium and men sat to the right, and about 30 to 35 rabbis in black suits and hats stood behind the seated men.
"Let me let you get it straight. We, the Jewish people, we, those who believe in light, those who believe in righteousness, you will join in hands with us -- regardless of your religion -- and make this world a better place to live in," Cunin said.
The Westwood Chabad House, which burned to the ground in 1980, was the first of more than 3,000 Chabad houses worldwide, said Marshal Grossman, who served as master of ceremonies for the memorial and prayer service.
"Make no mistake about it. May those who perpetrated this evil and dastardly deed, may they burn in hell. May they burn in hell," Grossman said.
"But at the same time, Chabad and the rest of us must not be distracted from the lighting of candles, the spreading of good, the spreading of joy. Because only through our lights will we stamp out the evil of darkness. We re-dedicate ourselves today to that task."
The attacks began at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Mumbai time, when terrorists
armed with grenades and machine guns stormed two resort hotels, the
city's largest train station, a Jewish center, a movie theater and a
At least 195 people were killed in the 60-hour rampage, including six Americans, and more than 300 were injured.
terrorists were killed and one was captured. Indian officials said the
man was Pakistani. Pakistan has denied any involvement in the attack.
About a half-dozen Jews were killed in the attacks.