Yehuda Krinsky

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Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky
Born Chaim Yehuda Krinsky
Boston, Mass.
For the 19th century Rabbi, see Yehuda Leib Krinsky.

Chaim Yehuda ("Yudel") Krinsky (born December 3, 1933, in Boston, Massachusetts)[1] is an ordained rabbi and a member of Chabad-Lubavitch movement. He served in various positions of the movement's administrative staff since 1954, and as a personal secretary and press director the movement's leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.[2]

In 1988, after the passing of his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, Rabbi Schneerson named Krinsky a an executor of his will. Today, Krinsky is among the most influential figures within the Chabad movement.[3]


Krinsky grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and was educated at the Boston Latin School. At the age of 12, he was sent by his parents to study at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn, where he received his rabbinical ordination. He joined Schneerson's staff in 1957.[1]


In 1957 Krisnky was called upon by Rabbi Schneerson to join his team of staff which was then headed by Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Hodokov. Krinsky's position included work on behalf of the Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. At that time, Schneerson also appointed Krinsky to direct the Lubavitch News Service. In this capacity, he was also in charge of disseminating the Rebbe's talks around the world via satellite.[4]

In 1972, Krisnky was appointed by Rabbi Schneerson to serve on the administrative boards of the movements umbrella organization, Agudas Chasidei Chabad and Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch.

In 1988, Rabbi Schneerson appointed Krinsky to serve as an executor of his will.[5]

In 1990, Rabbi Schneerson selected Krinsky to serve as the official secretary of the movement three central organizations. Agudas Chasidei Chabad, the movements umbrella organization, Machneh Israel, the movements social services arm, and Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the movements educational arm.

Today, Krinsky serves as Chairman of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch and Machneh Israel, the movement's educational and social services arms, secretary of the umbrella organization Agudas Chasidei Chabad, and director of the Kehot Publication Society and has been active in helping to build new schools and expanding the reach of the Chabad movement around the world.[6]

He has been active in efforts to retrieve a large library of books connected to the Chabad movement which is in the custody of the Russian government. Many of the books were seized from the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, as part of a Soviet crackdown on religion after the Russian Revolution. Krinsky garnered the support of actor Jon Voight and politician Sam Brownback for his cause.[7]


Krinsky was married to Devorah Kasinetz OBM, daughter of the late Rabbi Zev and Ethel Kasinetz. Their children are:

  • Rabbi Levi Krinsky, director of Chabad of New Hampshire.
  • Rabbi Hillel David Krinsky, who is married to Shterna Sarah Garelik, daughter of Gershon Garelik, the head rabbi of Lubavitch in Milan, Italy.[8] He is the president of Chabad's Jewish Educational Media.
  • Menachem M. Krinsky, who is married to Miriam Turner of Chicago.
  • Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky, who is married to Rivkah Gutnick, daughter of Australian commodities magnate Joseph Gutnick.[9]
  • Sheine B. Krinsky, who is married to Rabbi Yosef B. Friedman, associate director of the Kehot Publication Society.[10]
  • Chana Krinsky, who is married to Rabbi Joseph Futerfas, director of Camp Gan Israel, New York.


Krinsky's achievements have been recognized in the press. He appeared in several lists of influential American Jews including the Forward 50 (in 2005),[11] and Newsweek (from 2007-2013).

Newsweek nominations[edit]

From 2007 to 2013,[12] Newsweek magazine has compiled an annual list of the fifty most influential rabbis in the United States. Krinsky's was nominated to the list each year. His placings varied from year to year, but he has never dropped from the top five.


  1. ^ a b "Testimony :: Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky". Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Sperter, Michael (19 March 1992). "Jewish faithful flock to Brooklyn orthodox sect leader". New York Times Magazine.
  3. ^ Ehrlich, M. Avrum. The Messiah of Brooklyn: Understanding Lubavitch Hasidim Past and Present. Ktav Publishing. ISBN 0-88125-836-9.  (Chapter 20)
  4. ^ "Rabbi using modern medium in call for traditional values". The New York Times, 23 January 1983.
  5. ^ "In Conversation: Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky". 14 February 1988. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Gonzalez, David (8 November 1994). "Lubavitchers Learn to Sustain Themselves Without the Rebbe". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Hananel, Sam (6 April 2005). "Commission hears efforts to retrieve Jewish texts from Russia". Associated Press.
  8. ^ "Shterna Sarah Garelik Bride Of Rabbi Hillel David Krinsky". The New York Times. 8 April 1981. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "WEDDINGS; Rivkah Gutnick, Shmaya Krinsky". The New York Times. 5 June 1994. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sheine B. Krinsky Is the Bride Of Rabbi Joseph B. Friedman". The New York Times. 3 April 1979. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  11. ^ PR Newswire (10 November 2005). "Rapper, Republicans, Relief Org. Heads and Rabbis Named to Forward 50, by America's National Jewish Newspaper".
  12. ^ "Newsweek's 'Top 50 Rabbis' List Is Ending After Seven Years." The Huffington Post. Feb. 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Lynton, Michael (2 April 2007). "The Top 50 Rabbis in America". Newsweek. 
  14. ^ Lynton, Michael (11 April 2008). "Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America". Newsweek. 
  15. ^ Lynton, Michael; Ginsberg, Gary; Sanderson, Jay (2009). "50 Influential Rabbis". Newsweek. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Lynton, Michael; Ginsberg, Gary (2010). "The 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America". Newsweek. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Pogrebin, Abigail. "America’s Top 50 Rabbis for 2012". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  18. ^ In explaining the reason for its demotion of Krinsky, Newsweek and the Daily Beast cited ongoing "pesky lawsuits" involving Krinsky.
  19. ^ Pogrebin, Abigail (2012-04-02). "America’s Top 50 Rabbis for 2012". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  20. ^ "America's top 50 rabbis." The Daily Beast. Accessed November 30, 2014.