MUMBAI, India – The Jewish center devastated in the Mumbai attacks will be quickly rebuilt, but with beefed up security, the rabbi sent to replace the center's slain leader said Tuesday.
Chabad house was one of several place captured by suspected Islamic gunmen in the Nov. 26 attacks that killed 171 people. A commando assault ended the two-day siege of the center, but six people inside the building — all Jewish foreigners — were killed.
"We are staying at the same center and will rebuild it even nicer than it was," said Rabbi Dov Goldberg, an Israeli who was sent by the ultra-Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which ran the house.
Among those killed in the attack was American-Israeli Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka.
Goldberg said that while it was very difficult for him to replace Holtzberg, who he had worked under for a while in India, he was determined to carry out his mission.
"We will try and open it as soon as possible," Goldberg told The Associated Press. "Meanwhile, we will have it in a temporary place. Our activities will not stop even for one second."
The building served as a spiritual oasis for Mumbai's small Jewish community, traveling Jewish backpackers and visiting businessmen, providing a synagogue and kosher food.
Goldberg said the center, which was ravaged by dozens of explosions during the commando assault, would be refurbished and have added security. "We will do all that's necessary for security and for safety," he said.
Goldberg was sent from New York, where the movement has its headquarters, together with his wife and daughter, he said.
The Holtzberg's 2-year-old son, Moshe, survived the attack after being whisked out the building by his nanny and another worker.
"It is very difficult emotionally, very difficult that Rabbi Holtzberg is not here," said Goldberg. "The victory over terrorism is to show we are not giving up, we are going to go from strength to strength."