Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai when he was 2, in his home town of Afula in northern Israel. A party was held on Sunday night in Kfar Chabad.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a note of congratulations: “We know that there is life amidst this tragedy. There is revival and there is hope. You come now with the love of the entire Jewish people, all citizens of Israel and very many outside Israel.”
Holtzberg also received a letter from President Donald Trump.
“Mazal tov on becoming a bar mitzvah,” Trump wrote. “We join your family and friends in celebrating this joyous occasion and send our best wishes as you mark this significant milestone. May your faith continue to guide, strengthen, and comfort you throughout your life.”
Moshe’s parents Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg were the directors of the Nariman Chabad House when it was attacked on Nov. 26, 2008. Four other Israeli and American visitors to the house also were killed.
The Chabad House was among 12 targeted locations in coordinated attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organization based in Pakistan.
The child was dubbed “Baby Moshe” when a photo of his terrified-looking nanny running from the besieged Chabad House clutching the little boy was splashed on the front pages of newspapers around the world.
In January 2018, Moshe returned to Mumbai, accompanying Netanyahu on a state visit.