Rebbetzin Devorah Krinsky, wife of 55 years of Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of the educational and social services divisions of Chabad-Lubavitch, passed away on Friday night after a brief illness. Surrounded by her husband and children, and after Kiddush was recited at her bedside, she peacefully returned her soul to her Maker. She was 74.
The daughter of Rabbi Zev and Etta Kasinetz, whose Brownsville home in Brooklyn, New York, was a center for Torah activities in the Unites States in the late 1930s and 1940s, Devorah was raised with a deep commitment to Torah and its ideals.
Devorah was among the first students to study in the newly founded Beth Rivkah girls school in the early 1940s. She attended high school at Bais Yaakov in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Immediately after her marriage in 1957, Rabbi Krinsky was called up to work in Lubavitch offices. Together with her husband, Mrs. Krinsky shared in the day-to-day developments of the phenomenal growth of Chabad-Lubavitch.
As matriarch of the family, and a partner and pillar of support to her husband, Mrs. Krinsky exemplified the true woman of valor. With characteristic joi de vivre, she established her home on Montgomery Street as a lively hub for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family, and for international visitors and dignitaries. Mrs. Krinsky’s warmth and humor, her quick wit, practical common sense, and her concern for others complemented her dignified comportment.
Mrs. Krinsky is survived by her husband, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, 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, and her brother, Rabbi Moshe A. Kasinetz, of Livingston, New Jersey.
The levaya will take place at Shomrei Adas Chapels in Boro Park, Brooklyn, at noon.
Yehi zichrah boruch.