Rebbetzin Devorah Krinsky, wife of 55 years of (יבלח"ט) Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky—secretary to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—passed away on Friday night after a brief illness. Surrounded by her husband and children, she peacefully returned her soul to her Maker after the Friday night Kiddush was recited at her bedside. She was 74.
The daughter of Rabbi Zev and Etta Kasinetz, whose Brownsville home in New York’s borough of Brooklyn was a center for early Chabad-Lubavitch activities in the United States in the late 1930s and 1940’s, Krinsky was raised with a deep commitment to the world of Chabad-Lubavitch and its ideals. She was among the first students to study in the newly founded Beth Rivkah, the Lubavitch girls school, in the early 1940s. She attended high school at Bais Yaakov in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Immediately after their marriage in 1957, Rabbi Krinsky was called up to work in the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s office. Together with her husband, Mrs. Krinsky shared in the day-to-day developments of the phenomenal growth of Chabad-Lubavitch under the Rebbe’s leadership.
As matriarch of her family, and partner and pillar of support to her husband as he served the Rebbe, Mrs. Krinsky was regarded as an exemplar of the proverbial “woman of valor.” With characteristic joi de vivre she established her Crown Heights home as a lively hub for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family, and for international visitors and dignitaries to the Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters. Mrs. Krinsky’s warmth and humor, her quick wit, practical common sense, and concern for others complemented her dignified comportment.
Mrs. Krinsky is survived by her husband, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, longtime aide to the Rebbe and chairman of the Lubavitch educational and social services organizations, and their children: Rabbi Hillel Dovid Krinsky, Mrs. Sheine B. Friedman, Rabbi Menachem M. Krinsky, Rabbi Levi Y. Krinsky, Mrs. Chana Futerfas and Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky, as well as her brother Rabbi Moshe A. Kasinetz of Livingston, New Jersey.
The funeral will leave Brooklyn’s Shomrei Ha’das Chapels on Sunday, November 25th at 12 p.m. and will pass by Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway at 1 p.m. Interment at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. Shiva will be observed at 729 Montgomery Street in Crown Heights.