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Rabbi Chaim Yehuda (Yudel) Krinsky (born 1933) is a Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi. He served for forty years in various positions as an important assistant to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. He served as chief spokesman[1] for Schneerson and the movement, and was the sole executor of Schneerson's will,[2] and has been at the helm of the movement's finances since the death of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Aizik Hodakov, the Rebbe’s chief of staff. He was also his chauffeur for many years. According to Avrum Erlich, "Krinsky is probably the most powerful individual in the contemporary Habad movement."[3]

Krinsky grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA and was educated at the Boston Latin School. He arrived in New York City in 1946, and studied at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn, where he was ordained as a rabbi. He was called upon to join Schneerson's staff in 1957.[4]



In the late 1950s Krinsky created the Lubavitch News Service and was appointed by the Rebbe as spokesman for the movement. He was in charge of taking Schneerson's talks around the world via satellite.[5]

In 1988, Schneerson set about reorganizing the organizational structures of the Lubavitch movement and Krinsky was reinstated as secretary of the three controlling boards. Currently, Krinsky is Chairman of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, and Machne Israel, the movement's educational and social services-arms, and secretary of the umbrella organization Agudas Chasidei Chabad, and director of the Kehot Publication Society.

After Schneerson's wife passed on in 1988, the Rebbe appointed Krinsky as the sole executor of his will. He has been active in helping to build new schools, and helping to expand the movement's reach around the world.[6]

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


Krinsky is married to Devorah Krinsky. Devorah is the daughter of the late Rabbi Zev and Ethel Kasinetz. Krinsky's son Rabbi Levi Krinsky, married to Shternie Klein, is the director of Chabad of New Hampshire. Another son, Rabbi Hillel David Krinsky married Shterna Sarah Garelik, daughter of Gershon Garelik the chief rabbi of Milan[8] and was instrumental in the broadcasting of Schneerson's addresses around the world. He is the president of Jewish Educational Media. Another son, Menachem M. Krinsky, married Miriam Turner from Chicago. A fourth son, Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky married Rivkah Gutnick, daughter of Australian commodities magnate Joseph Gutnick [9]. His oldest daughter, Sheine B., is married to Rabbi Yosef B. Friedman, associate director of the Kehot Publication Society [10]. His second daughter, Chana, is married to Rabbi Joseph Futerfas, director of Camp Gan Israel, New York.


He was named among the fifty most influential living Jews in an article in The Forward in 2005.[11]

He was named second among the fifty most influential US Rabbis by Newsweek in 2007, behind Marvin Hier.[12]

He was named fourth among the fifty most influential US Rabbis by Newsweek in 2008.[13] and 2009 [14]


  1. ^ Jewish faithful flock to Brooklyn orthodox sect leader, Michael Sperter, New York Times Magazine, March 19, 1992
  2. ^ PDF of Schneerson's will
  3. ^ The Messiah of Brooklyn: Understanding Lubavitch Hasidim Past and Present, M. Avrum Ehrlich, Chapter 20, KTAV Publishing, ISBN 0881258369
  4. ^ Krinsky's testimony to the Helsinki Commission
  5. ^ Rabbi using modern medium in call for traditional values, New York Times, January 23, 1983
  6. ^ Lubavitchers Learn to Sustain Themselves Without the Rebbe, David Gonzalez, New York Times, November 8, 1994
  7. ^ Commission hears efforts to retrieve Jewish texts from Russia, Sam Hananel, Associated Press, April 6, 2005
  8. ^ Marriage announcement for Hillel David Krinsky, New York Times, April 8, 1981
  9. ^ Rivkah Gutnick, Shmaya Krinsky, New York Times, June 5, 1994
  10. ^ Marriage announcement ofr Sheine B. Krinsky, New York Times, April 3, 1979 "New York Times". Marriage announcement ofr Sheine B. Krinsky, New York Times, April 3, 1979.  
  11. ^ Rapper, Republicans, Relief Org. Heads and Rabbis Named to Forward 50, by America's National Jewish Newspaper., PR Newswire, November 10, 2005
  12. ^ The Top 50 Rabbis in America, Newsweek, Michael Lynton, April 2, 2007
  13. ^ Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America, Newsweek, Michael Lynton, April 11, 2008
  14. ^ 50 Influential Rabbis


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