Rebbetzin Devorah Krinsky, wife of 55 years of ×™×‘×œ×—”×˜ Rabbi YehudaÂ Krinsky–secretary to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe and Chairman of theÂ educational and social services divisions of Chabad-Lubavitch–passedÂ away on Friday night after a brief illness. Surrounded by her husbandÂ and children, and after the Friday night Kiddush was recited at herÂ bedside, she peacefully returned her soul to her Maker. She was 74.
The daughter of Rabbi Zev and Etta Kasinetz, whose Brownsville homeÂ in Brooklyn, New York, was a center for early Chabad-LubavitchÂ activities in the Unites States in the late 30s and 1940’s, Devorah wasÂ raised with a deep commitment to the world of Chabad-Lubavitch and itsÂ ideals. Her father was a member of the board of Agudas Chassidei ChabadÂ International. Devorah was among the first students to study in theÂ newly founded Beth Rivkah, the Chabad girls school in the early 1940s.Â She attended high school at Bais Yaakov in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Immediately after her marriage in 1957, Rabbi Krinsky was called upÂ to work in the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s office. Together with her husband,Â Mrs. Krinsky shared in the day-to-day developments of the phenomenalÂ growth of Chabad-Lubavitch under the Rebbe’s leadership.
As matriarch of the family, and a partner and pillar of support toÂ her husband as he served the Rebbe, Mrs. Krinsky exemplified the trueÂ woman of valor. With characteristic joi de vivre, she established herÂ home on Montgomery Street as a lively hub for her children,Â grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family, and forÂ international visitors and dignitaries to the Chabad-LubavitchÂ Headquarters. Mrs. Krinsky’s warmth and humor, her quick wit, practicalÂ common sense, and her concern for others complemented her dignifiedÂ comportment.
Mrs. Krinsky is survived by her husband, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky,Â longtime aide to the Lubavitch Rebbe and Chairman of the LubavitchÂ educational and social services organizations, and their children: Rabbi Hillel Dovid Krinsky, Mrs. Sheine B. Friedman, Rabbi Menachem M.Â Krinsky, Rabbi Levi Y. Krinsky, Mrs. Chana Futerfas and Rabbi ShmayaÂ Krinsky, as well as her brother Rabbi Moshe A. Kasinetz of Livingston,Â New Jersey.
The funeral will be leaving Shomrei Adas Chapels tomorrow, Sunday,Â November 25th at 12 p.m. and will pass by Lubavitch World HeadquartersÂ at 770 Eastern Parkway at 1 p.m.