Over 2,000 people attended the levaya of Gedalya Greenzayd on Monday, who was tragically killed in a car accident in Crown Heights.
The procession passed by Lubavitch Headquarters 770 Eastern Parkway at 9:30 pm on the way to the airport for burial in Ukraine, where his family lives.
Hundreds from the Crown Heights community were in attendance, as well as the students from the Morristown Yeshiva where Greenzayd was currently studying, who traveled to Crown Heights to attend.
Greenzayd was an outstanding bochur who became close to Yiddishkeit on his own, and assisted beginner students in their studies at Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, NJ, while pursuing rabbinical smicha studies.
“Brooklyn mourns the passing of Gedalia Gruntzweig, who was fatally hit in an accident with a sanitation truck in Crown Heights. I am confident that the NYPD will conduct a full investigation to best determine the cause of this tragedy,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said.
An only child, Greenzayd was born in the twilight years of the Communist Soviet Union to Avraham and Malka Greenzayd in Vinnitza, a small city in western Ukraine, Chabad.org reported.
At the time of his birth the Greenzayds were proud and involved Jews, although not fully observant. His father has served as the longstanding president of the century-old Nikrasova Synagogue for three decades, and the family was said to be positively influenced by their son.
“He was a very special child, with a sincere, gentle soul,” recalls Rabbi Shaul Horowitz, Chabad shliach in Vinnitza.
“As a student in the local Yad Vaezer and then Ohr Avner Ohr Menachem schools, he absorbed Torah like a sponge, always eager to learn more. Even as a young boy, he insisted on eating only kosher and influenced his parents to keep a kosher home.”
Photos: Baruch Ezagui