The Rebbe’s mazkir Rabbi Yudel Krinsky paid his first-ever visit to Berlin this week, where he received a tour of the flourishing Chabad institutions and met refugees from Ukraine.
By Anash.org reporter
The Rebbe’s mazkir Rabbi Yudel Krinsky paid his first-ever visit to Berlin this week, where he received a tour of the flourishing Chabad institutions and met refuges from Ukraine.
Rabbi Krinsky, who serves as the chairman of Merkos L’inyoenei Chinuch and Machane Israel, was accompanied on the trip by his son Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky of Machne Israel, and Rabbi Yirmi Berkowitz of Machne Israel and Kehot Publication Society.
He was welcomed by Chabad Berlin Chairman Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, and visited with him the institutions that the latter, with his wife Rebbetzin Leah Teichtal, have established in Berlin over the past 25 years.
Accompanied by Rabbi Teichtal, the New York delegation headed by Rabbi Krinsky visited Chabad’s ‘Jewish Traditional School’, the construction site of the Jewish Campus, which will open next year as the largest Jewish institution in Germany, and of course the Central Chabad Synagogue.
“This is something that the Rebbe would enjoy and promote and encourage,” Rabbi Krinsky said about Chabad of Berlin’s numerous initiatives to build and protect Jewish life in the country.
Rabbi Krinsky also met with young refugees who had escaped the Russian invasion of Ukraine and were resettled in Berlin. He took the time to speak to the refugees and hear their stories, and a number of them recounted their experiences evacuating from Odessa and the new life the shluchim made for them, and so many others, in Berlin.
The Machne Israel Ukraine Refugee Committee has provided funding for the Odessa rescue effort, and Rabbi Krinsky was delighted to see the funding come to good use.
Later that evening Rabbi Krinsky attended the wedding of a couple of students who had fled from Odessa. They met at the Jewish University under the guidance of Rabbi Avraham Wolff, Rabbi of Odessa. In Berlin, together with 500 other refugees, they found refuge and a new home hosted by Chabad Berlin. Despite the unfortunate circumstances of their flight and the war in their homeland, the couple found a happy ending.
Rabbi Krinsky was honored with reading the Rebbe’s letter at the chuppah, and later joined a joyous dance with Rabbi Wolff.
Rabbi Teichtal, who officiated the wedding ceremony, said one could not imagine a more beautiful wedding for the two.