As the start of the school year approaches, students and faculty at the Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway will have a sobering remember that life is precious. Dr. Hindi Krinsky, an English teacher and the curriculum coordinator at HAFTR High School, died on Aug. 17. She was 32.
High school Principal Naomi Lippman said that Krinsky approached the role of coordinator, which she had recently been appointed to, with excitement and energy. She was going to help lead the next phase of the school-wide curriculum mapping project by collaborating with principals, department chairs and teachers.
“It is unfathomable for us to comprehend that Dr. Krinsky will not be with us to guide and implement these significant projects in our yeshiva high school,” Lippman said in a prepared statement. “As we continue these projects, we will now and forever view them as Dr. Krinsky’s legacy to HAFTR.”
In the statement released on Aug. 19, both Lippman and associate principal Josh Wyner extolled her qualities. “We will also miss Dr. Krinsky dearly as a friend,” Wyner said. “In addition to her intellect, scholarship, creativity, and tremendous accomplishments as a professional, she was a wonderful, elegant, loving person … Dr. Krinsky was a unique, extraordinary woman, and we are mourning her passing and contemplating ways to honor her memory and preserve her legacy.”
HAFTR plans to pay tribute to Krinsky at the upcoming faculty orientation and is finalizing arrangements for bereavement counseling for the high school community. Lippman and Wyner are also encouraging students, parents, teachers and staff to contribute to a book of remembrance that will be shared with her family. Messages can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krinsky is survived by her husband, Dovid Kanarfogel; her five children, Ezra, Hudi, Eliana, Dorit and Abie; her parents, Rabbi Menachel Mendel and Miriam Krinsky and her siblings, Sruli Krinsky, Shmaya Krinsky and Moussia Raskin.
A GoFundMe page was created on Aug. 19, to help support her family, with the money going to their immediate needs, as well as helping to provide for the children and their future needs.
More than $230,000 was raised in 24 hours, and the total was nearly $300,000 as of press time. To donate, go to gofundme.com/hindi-krinkykanarfogel-fund.