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Lakewood, NJ - Man Flies to Israel to Check if Sister is India Terror Victim

Published on: December 1, 2008 02:52 PM
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Lakewood, NJ - A Lakewood man has flown to Israel to confirm whether his sister was one of the six people killed at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, during that country’s terror attacks.

Norma Shvarzblat, a Mexican citizen, was identified as one of those killed by the Jewish Agency for Israel, which said in a press release that the 50-year-old was scheduled to make aliyah to Israel today and join two of her children who have already immigrated to Israel from Mexico.

Though not yet positively identified by a family member, she is believed to be the sister of Moshe Shvarzblat, 48, who owns Dina’s Interiors & Leathers on Cedar Bridge Avenue, according to Lakewood Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein.
Lichtenstein has been in close contact with Moshe’s wife Mina, 45, this weekend.

The Shvarzblat family appreciates the outpouring from the community, Lichtenstein said.
“They are asking for privacy during this ongoing process, which is a painful one, and they need time to sort everything out,” he said.

The community is shocked and pained by the news, Lichtenstein said.
“Terrorism, at times, can seem so far away when it takes place somewhere like India,” he said. “But it brings it close to home when someone you know suffers a loss,” he said, calling terrorists “animals.”


Lichtenstein said Norma was volunteering in the Chabad House, which is a Jewish community center, in Mumbai while waiting to receive Israeli citizenship. He said Mina believes Norma received confirmation of citizenship on Thursday, he said.

This immigration is called “aliyah,” in Hebrew, meaning an ascent, or “going-up,” Lichtenstein said.

Exactly how the woman died is unclear, and the Shvarzblats have read conflicting reports from Jewish and Israeli world news agencies, Lichtenstein said.

Norma was planning to fly to Israel today, to join her children Jean Goldi, 24, a student living in Tel Aviv, who made aliyah to Israel in December 2004, and Menachem (also identified as Manuel), 18, who made aliyah two months ago. Norma, a divorcee, has another daughter, Orli, 21, who lives with her father in Mexico.

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 Dec 01, 2008 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Wait how come you people arent as ouraged by this...............could it be because shes not orthodox?...................nah


 Dec 01, 2008 at 04:22 PM Anonymous Says:

reply to #1 you ask and then you make your own conclusions.


 Dec 01, 2008 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

#1 what in the world is that supposed to mean?


 Dec 01, 2008 at 04:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Who says she was not Orthodox?!


 Dec 01, 2008 at 04:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

#1 what in the world is that supposed to mean?

#1 is sobering up from his alcohol bout last night. Give him some time and he'll clarify.


 Dec 01, 2008 at 05:52 PM seer Says:

your comment is uncalled for.you are a disturbed person and you need to live among religious people to recognize the pain religious jews suffer upon hearing of the tzoras the like of which we just experienced in mumbai.
hashem inokem domom of all the kidoshim and may klal yisroel be zocha to geula shleima b'korav.


 Dec 01, 2008 at 05:44 PM Mumbai tragedy! Too painful to bear Says:

Best thing to do is ignore #1!!!

May hashem comfort Norma's family amongst the mourners of zion. The Olam should know and remember that Norma WAS A VOLUNTEER at Chabad house, she helped so many people in the same way as the Holtzberg's and was moving on to a better life for herself. It is easy to distract because our emotions and instincts attract to the families who left behind yesomim and of course we cry for both the Kedoshim and for the families they left behind. Hashem should help Goldi and Menacham continue in their mothers footsteps and bring them a speedy nechama and a Yeshuah for Klal yisrael


 Dec 01, 2008 at 06:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Stop. Norma was my cousin and the family is going through a very hard time right now. Earlier this year Normas father passed away and her mother is sick. Just let everyone mourn in their own way.


 Dec 01, 2008 at 08:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Wait how come you people arent as ouraged by this...............could it be because shes not orthodox?...................nah

Please, why would you say that? Everyone is hurting and outraged about all the victims! Has anyone said she mattered less on the chance she was less connected to a religious community? Nobody can or should measure another Jew's connection to G-d, that is for Him to do. A mortal on this world does not see the spiritual level of a Jew, and it is not measured by how many mitzvos they do publicly. This is a basic tenet of the Baal shem Tov
May ALL Jews be comforted ....


 Dec 01, 2008 at 11:28 PM Antelope110 Says:

This tragedy is enormous. I know the family and they are wonderful, caring people. It is obvious that Norma was a committed person as well. All of us sitting warm, safe (we hope), and cozy at our pcs should take a moment to daven to Hashem that he helps this family and comforts them. Put yourself in their shoes, or rather, in their hearts. Care enough to say the very best.


 Dec 01, 2008 at 11:40 PM davining dov Says:

moshe lakewood is with you


 Dec 02, 2008 at 12:44 AM Anonymous Says:

It is possible that Norma didnt get the same publicity as everybody else because that is the families wishes.... they want to be left alone... She died al kiddish hashem, and I hurt for her as much as I hurt for the other victims.


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