BD”E: Petirah of Harav Dovid Trenk Zatzal; Traffic information and Levaya Live Stream [UPDATED MONDAY]

It is with great regret we inform you of the Petirah of Harav Dovid Trenk Zatzal.

Rav Trenk Zatzal was a known Mechanech and Rosh Yeshiva in Adelphia, and later in Lakewood. He was 78.

The Rosh Yeshiva was a Rebbe and father to thousands in Lakewood and around the globe, treating each Talmid like his own child. He would always be seen with a smile, and would greet each Talmid with a hug as if he was his only Talmid.

On Thursday, the Rosh Yeshiva’s condition took a turn for the worse, and was sent home. The Rosh Yeshivah was Niftar at his home.

The Avelim are: Mrs. Leah Trenk, father of Rabbi Elimelech Trenk, Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Trenk, Mrs. Goldie Engelson, Mrs. Donya Brown, Mrs. Devorah Krawiez, Rabbi Shea Trenk and brother of Rebbetzin Leah Cohen, Rabbi Zevi Trenk.

Levaya information will be published when confirmed.

See a letter from a Talmid, describing who the Gadol was.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.

UPDATE: The Levaya is expected to take place Monday in Lakewood.

Askonim are working on the Levaya logistics, as thousands are expected to attend, and the Chapel is unable to accommodate such crowds.

TLS will update Levaya details once confirmed.

UPDATE: The Levaya is scheduled to take place at 10:30 AM Monday, at Khal Zichron Yaakov (Rabbi Gissinger’s Shul), 175 Sunset Rd, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

The Kevurah will take place at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, 189 Gill Ln, Iselin, NJ 08830.

UPDATE: 8:00 AM: Sunset Avenue will be a one-way Northbound for the duration of the Levaya – which is expected to last several hours.

The road will be open from Central Avenue until and including Powderhorn Drive.

There will be shuttles available to transport people to Khal Zichron Yaakov.

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  1. BDE
    He was a big tzaddik always with his talmidim

    He was Boruch Hashem 79 years old please fix the age in the newsletter

    May his neshama have an aliya

  2. I wasnt his talmid, and never learned in any yeshiva he taught, but I always looked up to him. i was a young boy when i saw him for the first time about 40 years ago, and i saw him by a simcha jump over a bench and table to go hug the baal simcha. he was a great man. always embracing people out of pure ahavas yisroel

  3. I never got to know him personally, but I had the privilege of observing him over the course of a few years. He was an angel in human form. There is not much more to say. BDE

  4. Baruch Dayan Haemes. The only Rebbe i ever knew who could purely and honestly treat any and every boy with ahavas yisroel no matter where he was holding. He was a living , breathing Sefer Torah. His Neshama should have an aliyah.

  5. While Rabbi Trent was not my Rebbe, he was the Menahel when I was in Adelphi some 45 years ago. He had an infectious personality, cared about every Jew and every Talmid. He never forgot my name and would enthusiastically greet me with my full name whenever we would pass on the street. He will be missed and he leaves a gaping hole in generation that needs him now more than ever. תז״ב

  6. No words

    When my children were young i would point to Reb Dovid ZTzL and say to them there is real Tzaddik
    We owe you everything Rebbi

  7. Many years ago, at a Torah Umesora Convention, HoRav Elya Svei a”h said on him that he never saw a mechanech as devoted as Rabbi Trenk!

  8. For those of us who were lucky to be part of his flock, Rabbi Trenk will be remembered as an absolute powerhouse who used his tremendous energy to help us overcome our challenges. In his eyes, we were all success stories long before we actually were. As far as he was concerned, we could do no wrong. Seldom did we let him down. He may have moved on physically to a better place but I still feel his strength in every fiber of my being.

  9. While I wasnt his talmid, I got to know R’ Trenk about 25 yrs ago. He Ahavas Yisroel knew no bounds. I was discussing the problems a certain bochur was going through, who also wasn’t his talmid, and he started crying.
    Now, I’ve had dozens of these conversations with many mechanchim over the years, I never, EVER, saw someone literally start crying over someone they didnt know. This man was a living Malach in our midst. At some level we always knew it but were we mechabed him enough ? I’m scared to answer.

  10. I was not a talmid, but I know many talmidim of his who are frum torahdige yidden and are raising families l’shem ul’tiferes and declare openly that were it not for the personal connection that they had with rabbi trenk ztl [created by the genuine concern he showed them] they don’t even know if they would be frum today.

    On top of that, I remember him declaring by a Torah umesorah convention that everyone in his class receives a 100% on the tests he gives because “what difference does it make if the talmid knew the material before the test or learned it during the test, in the end he knows it and that is what matters”. Obviously some may not agree with this from a chinuch prospective, but it shows a little bit of how the feelings of the talmidim were always on his mind. I also remember teaching with him in camp munk and the leibidigkeit of his learning group could be heard outside of the building where he taught, very clearly.

  11. Tremendous loss. I have so many personal stories, and Rabbi Trenk literally saved myself and a bunch of friends from a different lifestyle just by truly caring. A few quick stories: 1. In his mid 70’s he ran across a busy street in Williamsburg like a teenager to greet me. He couldnt care less if people were looking at him funny. 2. If someone needed a ride from yeshiva in the morning to catch a bus to brooklyn, he would drive us to the bus stop himself, often waking up an hour earlier so he can go to the mikva and be back in time to wake up the other students. 3. He would generally address talmidim by their full name as given by their bris. I was extremely sensitive to my middle name and i asked him to just call me by my first name. He respected that and never referred to me by my full name again. What a giant of a man. BDE

  12. Bde.Rabbi Trenk always took time out to smile,to greet acknowledge others.he always made me feel like I was. Important.when in reality he was an ish chashuv.He will be sorely missed.

  13. BDE unbelievable person completely unselfish without 1 oz of Gayvah. only did what was best for every yid without any ulterior motives.
    Will be sorely missed.

  14. I had the zechus to drive him to Brooklyn a few weeks ago to be Menachem availim…in one glance one can see how difficult it was for him physically to do the trip how ever his simcha in doing a mitzvah was incredible!!!!! besides for the fact that under the circumstances anybody in my position would have been uncomfortable while trying to make him as comfortable as possible. He put me at such ease because he understood what was going through my head…what a master mechanech. May he be a mailitz yoisher on his family and on all of klall yisroel.

  15. We were his neighbors in the summer for several years. I had a bunch of little kids at the time and he always would tell me how and why I was such an exceptional mother. He would take my double stroller from me and take my kids for a walk. He cared so much for his talmidim it was just incredible. His ahavas Yisroel knew no bounds. He loved every Jew with his full heart.

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