Lakewood: Petira Of Famed Mechanech, The Tzaddik HaRav Dovid Trenk ZATZAL


YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of the HaRav Dovid Trenk ZATZAL.

Reb Dovid was sick for the past few months and was hospitalized the past week. He was Niftar at his home on Sunday afternoon.

The Levaya will be held on Monday morning at 10:30AM in Rabbi Gissinger’s Shul, 175 Sunset Rd, Lakewood NJ. The Kevura will be at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, 189 Gill Ln, Iselin NJ.

Reb Dovid touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of people, as he dedicated his entire life to Chinuch and bringing Yidden closer to Hashem.

With his legendary smile, and unparalleled Avahav Yisroel, Reb Dovid embraced thousands in the Mirrer Yeshiva, Camp Munk, Adelphia Yeshiva, and later at Yeshiva Moreshes Yehushua in Lakewood.

Many lovingly called him Rebbe and the enormous adoration everyone shared for him is impossible to put into words.

If you have seen Rabbi Trenk enthusiastically interact with people you would have become a changed person, watching as he treated everyone with the same boundless love and affection, a love born out of his association with his Rebbe, the Kapyschnitzer Rebbe Z’TL who came to influence him in his youth.

Reb Dovid spent his Yeshiva years in the Mirrer Yeshiva, where he had an incredible connection to his Rabbeyim, Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Brudny ZATZAL, the Mashgiach Hagaon HaRav Feldman ZATZAL, Hagaon HaRav Avrohom Kalmanowitz ZATZAL, Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Berenbaum ZATZAL.

Rabbi Trenk was the original trailblazer in chinuch. Decades before there was an OurPlace, The Minyan Shelanu, The Living Room, Waterbury Yeshiva, Reb Dovid was out on the front lines recruiting and inspiring boys, often those shunned or disappointed by others or society.

Unconditional support, encouragement, understanding and ‎love that created a unique connection and bond with Hashem, his Torah and Klal Yisroel. That was Reb Dovid Trenk’s method. Reb Dovid looked for the talent and kishronos in each child and found a way to build up their self-esteem. Sports, music, art, anything it takes.

Rabbi Trenk, the energetic, inspiring, super human would come to shape so many lives, save so many souls in ways that one can not begin to fathom. Many books will need to be written to properly capture the sheer volume of stories of this Tzadik.

Additional information will be published when it becomes available to us.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. What a tzadik. DH tells me that he knows many talmidim who are today torahdige yidden and are raising families that are wholesome in all ways and say that they don’t even know if they would be frum today where it not for the kesher that Rabbi Trenk built with them.

  2. The levaya for Rav Menachem Yechiel Dovid Ben R’ Avraham Yehoshua Heschel Trenk zt”l is scheduled to take place at 10:30 AM Monday, at Khal Zichron Yaakov (Rabbi Gissinger’s Shul), 175 Sunset Rd, Lakewood.

  3. Rebbi was larger than life. Both literally and figuratively.

    In a world of black and white, Rebbi only saw roses. Rich, beautiful, vibrant colored roses.

    To Rebbi, it didn’t matter what color shirt you wore, how big your yarmulke was or how long your hair grew. To Rebbi, every single Yid was a child of HKBH and was treated as such.

    When Rebbi looked at you, his beautiful glowing, crystal-like eyes would pierce your very soul. You could hear them say to you in the softness of tones, yet fulll of conviction – “believe, respect and love yourself. Because I believe in you, I respect you and I love you.”

    In a generation where it has become popular and cliche to use terms like unconditional love, acceptance, warmth, and the like, Rebbi was living, practicing and imparting these authentic principles his entire life.

    To Rebbi, there was no such thing as a boy being off the derech. There were only children of Hashem – those who outwardly showed their struggles and those who carried them on the inside. To Rebbi, those struggles were seen as a piece of a much larger picture – one’s beautiful, pristine glowing Neshama full of love, goodness and potential.

    My peers and I used to say amongst ourselves – if Rebbi one day would inform any one of his many thousands of talmidim that he was Mashiach and Hashem had finally commanded him to reveal himself, not one of us would blink an eye.

    Rebbi, please continue to watch over us. Continue to love us. Respect us. Believe in us.

    Yehi zichro Baruch.