Event in Crown Heights Remembers R’ Dovid Krasnjanski

Photos: Nehoray Edri/Anash.org

A large crowd gathered at the JCM for a memorial event for R’ Dovid Krasnjanski, who was advised by the Rebbe to serve as an engineer for the US Navy in Philadelphia, and was known for his love of learning.

A large crowd gathered at the JCM for a memorial event for R’ Dovid Krasnjanski, who passed away on 8 Tishrei this year.

Speakers included family members, friends, and esteemed guests, and songs were led by R’ Avrohom Fried and his sons – R’ Dovid’s son-in-law and grandchildren.

Dovid was born on 16 Tishrei, 5695 in Kiev, Ukraine, a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov (ninth generation) from both his son Reb Tzvi and daughter Rebbetzin Udel.

He learned in the underground Chabad Cheder in Samarkand, the Yeshiva in Brunoy, and eventually came to America and married Ettel Charitonow, the granddaughter of R’ Aron Charitonow from Nikolayev.

After living in Crown Heights for many years, they were advised by the Rebbe to move to Philadelphia to continue his job as an engineer for the US Navy. For forty years, he was a pillar of the Lubavitch Center in Northeast Philadelphia, led by Rabbi Avremel Shemtov. They then lived for a few years in San Diego and had a huge impact on the community.

He was a tremendous talmid chacham and a dugma chaya for so many in his humble unassuming way. A model of a true chassid who carried himself with real and deep humility. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather through and through.

Torah was his life. He was never seen without a sefer, giving shiurim everywhere he went. His “retirement” was becoming the Rosh Kolel of Tiferes Zekeinim Levi Yitzchak in Crown Heights.

He passed on his love for learning to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all who met him. His children and grandchildren are Shluchim of the Rebbe, literally all around the world, and credit their constant inspiration to their parents for their love of Torah and Yiddishkeit.

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