By COLlive reporter
The Rebbe’s longtime secretary Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky traveled to Germany for the first time this week. He was accompanied by his son Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky of Machne Israel and Rabbi Yirmi Berkowitz also from Machne Israel and Kehot Publication Society.
The American-born and raised chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad movement, visited Berlin and met with 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.
Rabbi Krinsky visited the Jewish Traditional School and Kindergarten, the construction site of the future Jewish Campus, which will open next year as the largest Jewish institution in Germany, as well as the Central Chabad Synagogue.
“This is something that the Rebbe would enjoy and promote and encourage,” said Rabbi Krinsky, after the tour of Jewish life in Berlin, which is growing and thriving according to the Rebbe’s teachings.
In the evening, Rabbi Krinsky attended the wedding of a Ukrainian couple, students who have fled from Odessa during the current war. 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. The Machne Israel Ukraine Refugee Committee has also provided funding for the Odessa rescue effort.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances of their flight and the war in their homeland, the couple has found joy and has now begun their life together.
Rabbi Krinsky was honored with reading the Rebbe’s letter during the Chuppah ceremony.
Rabbi Teichtal, who officiated the wedding ceremony, said, “one could not imagine a more beautiful wedding for the two.”